August 23 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Webb Simpson called himself the "temporary leader" after completing two rounds of The Barclays on Friday and seeing his name alone at the top of the scoreboard at 9 under.
"A lot of guys are playing good golf and my guess is at the end of two rounds I won't be leading because there are a lot of birdie holes," Simpson had said after finishing off solid 66 while half the field was still on the course.
Simpson will need to wait until the second round is completed on Saturday morning to see if his words actually came true -- but when darkness suspended play at 7:45 p.m. ET he had indeed just been bypassed by Matt Kuchar.
Kuchar, who came into the Playoffs ranked second in the FedExCup, made his move as he made the turn late Friday afternoon. He birdied three straight starting at the eighth hole and actually made five birdies in an eight-hole stretch that began at No. 6.
Kuchar had completed 13 holes when play was suspended. The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and once the cut is made, players will be sent out in threesomes off two tees in the third round.
Gary Woodland sprinted to the 18th tee so he could finish his round of 64 that got him to 9 under and into a tie with Simpson. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was 4 under through 14 holes and had joined the group tied for four at 7 under.
Seven players are tied at 6 under with Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Morgan Hoffman still on the course through 14, 14 and 10 holes, respectively.
Tiger Woods, who leads the FedExCup, is among a big group at 5 under and will return to face a 13-footer for birdie at the 13th hole. He is playing with Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who clocks in at No. 3 in the FedExCup but is 2 over for the tournament and in danger of missing the cut.
The current cut line is even par and would include 78 players. Anyone ranked 101st or higher in the FedExCup who does not survive to play the weekend will not have a chance to advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which is the second Playoffs event.
So three players who withdrew have already been eliminated -- No. 125 Ben Crane, who played four holes in the second round before a back injury flared up, No. 107 Lucas Glover who left after three with a wrist injury and No. 109 Justin Hicks, who managed 12 holes before withdrawing with a hip flexor.
David Lingmerth also withdrew with one hole remaining in his second round. But he came in ranked 45th in the FedExCup and will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.