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Matt Kuchar Leads on the Course at the Barclays as Keegan Bradley Posts Record Round

August 24th, 2013 at 8:55 AM
By Rick Siddons

The birdies were dropping at Liberty National Golf Club during the unfinished second round of The Barclay's.  Keegan Bradley's record setting 63 was the low round of the day in clubhouse, while Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland roared along with him into contention with a pair of 64's.  

Matt Kuchar finished his shortened day on the 13th hole, with a birdie in near dark conditions, that left him in the lead on the course at -10.  Webb Simpson added a 66 to his opening round 67 to join Woodland as the second round clubhouse leader one stroke back of Kuchar.  

Kuchar didn't know whether he'd be able to finish his final hole after his approach shot gave him an eagle opportunity.  It just seemed too dark.

"Coming out over the water, it brightened up by a good margin. It's actually a beautiful skyline," Kuchar said. "I think when the sun sets coming off, it was a nice little place to be this time of night."

'Matt Kuchar' photo (c) 2013, Omar Rawlings - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Kuchar knew he'd have to be out on the course early to finish his second round this morning as the rain delays that occurred on Thursday still had the first event in the season ending FedEx Cup series backed up.  The good news is when he's done, as one of the leaders, he'll have plenty of time to rest up before teeing off in the mid to later afternoon.

Webb Simpson played a total of 29 holes, while Woodland barely finished his round.  Woodland is trying to win for the second time in a month after his victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open earlier in August. A win here would be a much larger accomplishment against nearly the strongest field possible and would vault him into contention for the overall FedEx Cup $10 Million bounty. 

'Keegan Bradley' photo (c) 2012, Tour Pro Golf Clubs - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Bradley's round was a tournament course record and left him in a four way tie in the clubhouse with Fowler, Adam Scott (66), and Charl Schwartzel (67).  

Tiger Woods roared out of the box in his second round with three birdies in his first five holes, but three bogies and failure to make birdie on the two par fives he played after that left him scrambling.  He sits five shots off the pace coming into Saturday, and playing with Kuchar, he'll also be out on the course early hoping to finish strong going into this third round.

World number three ranked Rory Mcllroy bounced back from a rocky opening 71 with a strong 65 to get to -6, moving him into position to contend for what would be his first win of an otherwise forgotten year.

Phil Mickelson was a bit better on Friday.  After he finished a forgettable first round 71, he shot 69 in the late morning and early afternoon, but will likely need to go very low today to get into the mix.  He sits 8 shots off of Kuchar's pace.

First round leader Kevin Stadler struggled yesterday, and was +1 for the day when his round ended early.  But he's still in contention, joined by other top ranked competitors, ,including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Jim Furyk, all at -6.

 

 

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Tags: Adam Scott, FedEx Cup, Gary Woodland, Golf, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Rory Mcllroy, Sergio Garcia, The Barclay's, Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson

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