|1||Dustin Johnson||19||Picked a great time to get his first win since last year's Playoffs|
|2||Matt Kuchar||12||Another strong Barclays makes Kuchar a FedExCup threat again|
|3||Nick Watney||1||Didn't hurt himself with a Sunday 64 and a T10 finish.|
|4||Webb Simpson||3||Carried momentum from Wyndham win to T10 at Plainfield|
|5||Luke Donald||4||Started slowly but good weekend moved him ahead of Stricker|
EDISON, N.J. – Matt Kuchar has a chance to successfully defend his title at The Barclays on Saturday.
And depending on the whims of the weather, Kuchar may have already won the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup for the second straight time.
Kuchar fired a 65 on Friday to move to 14 under, one stroke ahead of Dustin Johnson and Vijay Singh. Johnson matched the low round of the tournament with a bogey-free 63 while Singh., who has won The Barclays three times previously, came in with a 64.
With Hurricane Irene fast approaching, tournament officials decided to shorten The Barclays to 54 holes. There is a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday, though, and with the bulk of the storm expected to pummel the area on Sunday there is no wiggle room.
The 72 players who made the cut will be grouped in threesomes and sent off Nos. 1 and 10 from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday in hopes of finishing before the worst of the weather begins to arrive around 2 p.m. If everyone finishes 54 holes, the man at the top of the leaderboard wins.
If not, the tournament will revert to 36 holes and the FedExCup points will be distributed. That means Kuchar would get the unofficial victory and rise to No. 1 in the standings.
Jonathan Byrd will start the final round within three strokes of Kuchar at 11 under. Justin Rose, Aaron Baddeley, Padraig Harrington and Charley Hoffman are also in double digits and four strokes off the pace.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
EDISON, N.J. -- When Vijay Singh teed off on Friday, Matt Kuchar had already shot 65 and moved to 14 under through 36 holes at The Barclays.
So Singh was still trailing by eight shots. That was motivation enough for the big Fijian, who had also learned Friday was essentially "moving day" after the tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
"I didn't think of it that way," Singh said. "But if you know it's only going to be one more day to go, and starting off, I was, what, eight shots back, and so you play a lot more aggressive than you normally would.
"And that's what I tried to do, and limit my mistakes as much as possible."
Singh did just what he needed to in the second round, firing a 64 that included eight birdies and just one shot dropped to par. He's tied with Dustin Johnson at 13 under, now just a shot behind the leader and defending champ.
With Plainfield Country club sodden from more than 15 inches of rain over the last 10 days, Singh was able to be the aggressor, and that played right into his hands on Friday.
"You know there is a lot of birdie holes out there,' Singh said. "You can attack the pin from anywhere on the golf course. It doesn't matter what club. So that's all you try to do is go at the flags and see if you can rack up as much birdies as you can. ...
"But it's an interesting way of playing golf. You know you can go at it from anywhere and it's going to stop. So would have loved to see this golf course play firm."
On Saturday, weather-permitting, it will be more of the same as Singh tries to win for the first time on TOUR since he won the 2008 Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship back-to-back on the way to the FedExCup. The 48-year-old is rejuvenated after having a treatment on his ailing back in Germany and hoping to win The Barclays for the fourth time overall.
"I'm playing well here, because I'm feeling good," Singh said. "I can be more aggressive and not really worry about how I'm going to wake up the next morning, and if I can play or not. So I've been struggling with this for two years, so it's the first time I feel really comfortable to go out and there."
EDISON, N.J. – Vijay Singh hasn’t won since the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008, which is a span of 67 PGA TOUR events.
That year is significant, too, since that was the season the big Fijian won the first two events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and went on to earn the $10 million prize.
Singh is back at The Barclays with a chance to win the tournament for the second time since it became a Playoffs event -- and the fourth time overall -- after firing a 64 on Friday at Plainfield Country Club. He’s 13 under and tied with Dustin Johnson, one stroke behind defending champion Matt Kuchar.
Charley Hoffman, who also has some Playoffs history, has joined a big group in double figures. He just drove the green at the 18 th hole and two-putted from 49 feet for his final birdie in a round of 66 that left him 10 under for the tournament.
Hoffman will defend his title at the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.
Vijay Singh spoke to the PGA TOUR Network after shooting a first-round 65 at The Barclays.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
EDISON, N.J. -- A few weeks ago, had Vijay Singh had to endure a three-hour plus weather delay in the middle of his round, he would have returned to the course with a stiff back.
When it happened on Thursday in the first round of The Barclays, Singh was pain-free. And he was mistake-free too, as he blitzed the back nine at Plainfield Country Club en route to a 6-under 65 that put him tied for second, one shot behind leader Harrison Frazar.
For the 48-year-old Singh, that's his fifth consecutive round in the 60s in the last eight days, and the third time he's shot 65 in that span. He shot bookend 65s last week in finishing tied for fourth at the Wyndham Championship, his best result since February.
Don't look now, but the 2008 FedExCup champ – who is starting the Playoffs ranked 36th in points -- is starting to play like he wants another one.
"Back pains are a pretty nasty thing," he said after Thursday's round. "Now it's not hurting. Hopefully, it'll last for awhile."
Earlier this month, Singh traveled to Germany to receive six days of therapy on his back. He said the therapy was the main reason he was able to endure Thursday's lengthy delay.
"I feel my back now, not the pain," he said.
He also feels pretty good about playing The Barclays. He's won this event four times -- three times when it was played at Westchester and then three years ago when it was at Ridgewood as part of his FedExCup championship run.
On Thursday, he started with a birdie but suffered a double bogey on the par-3 third when he found the water. But he immediately bounced back with a birdie when he nearly holed his second shot at the par-4 fourth and added another birdie to make the turn at 1 under.
He then reeled off three straight birdies to start the back nine and finished it with two more birdies.
"I struck the ball pretty good," said Singh, who hit 9 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. "Didn't put myself into too much trouble."
It was in the 2008 Playoffs that Singh last won, claiming both The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship the following week. Since then, he's dealt with a variety of health issues.
Having gone so many years without an injury concern -- "I thought I was the Bionic Man," he joked -- Singh now concedes that all the practice time he put in through the years is finally catching up with him.
"Sooner or later, it's going to take its toll," Singh said. "Now I'm paying for it."
Perhaps now, he's getting change back.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Vijay Singh feels like a new man after having treatment for his back in Germany, and it's showing this week at the Wyndham Championship.
Singh, who fired a 65 in the first round, has moved to 7 under for the tournament through 16 holes on Friday. This is his second tournament since the therapy -- he missed the cut at last week's PGA Championship, shooting rounds of 76 and 74.
"I'm finally pain-free for a change so I can work on my game a little bit more freely and last week was disappointing but it was a trial thing, came back from Germany,” Singh said. "I didn't know how I was going to be. My back is fine and game is coming around. I'm excited."
Singh, who ranks 42nd in the FedExCup, said the treatment has freed up his entire back. "Now I can hit the way I want to do it, my swing, and I can work on my golf swing the way I would like to and working a lot better," he said.
Singh has been dealing with the back issues, as well as a knee injury that eventually required arthroscopic surgery, for the better part of two years.
"You cannot play with injury," Singh said. "I thought I could but you can't. It's been the whole two years now. I like the way I hit the ball ... I'm a lot more positive now. Putting well is a big part of my game. Looking forward to the next few weeks."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Vijay Singh, who was 2 under through two rounds and only five strokes off the lead after 36 holes at the AT&T National, withdrew before his round Saturday, citing a bad back.
That means Singh will miss the British Open. He came into the week ranked 62nd in the world and a top-5 finish here, or at next week’s John Deere Classic, would have gotten him in. But Singh is not in the field next week.
It will be the second consecutive major that Singh has missed after 67 straight major appearances. He skipped a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier and did not play at Congressional.
NETOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Aronimink continues to prove difficult -- only 30 players are under par at the moment.
One of those is Hunter Haas, who is 5 under and atop the leaderboard. Haas is bogey free and at one point made four straight birdies on Nos. 13 through 16 (he started on the back nine).
Haas has missed three of his last four cuts, but he has his game working here. Haas is fourth in putting and seventh in the field in greens in regulation.
Elsewhere on the leaderboard, Adam Scott is 3 under as he finishes up his round, while Vijay Singh has fallen back to 2 under. Also at 2 under is Rickie Fowler, who just finished off his 68
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Summer in the Northeast usually means a pretty good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Thursday it didn’t even make it to the afternoon before play was halted at the Travelers Championship at 11:22 a.m. with dangerous weather in the area. It’s raining -- yet -- but there are rumbles of thunder and lightning.
On the course, Michael Bradley moved to the front, getting to 6 under through 16 holes before the horn sounded. That’s one shot clear of seven other players, including Bo Van Pelt and and Vijay Singh.
Bradley, who has seven birdies and just one bogey so far, won in Puerto Rico earlier this year but has just one top-25 since.
Van Pelt, meanwhile, was on a roll with an eagle and two birdies over his last three holes when the delay hit. The eagle came on the par-5 13th, where Van Pelt hit it to just inside six feet on his second shot from 238 yards.
As for Singh, he’s here after missing last week’s U.S. Open, which ended the longest active streak of consecutive majors at 67. Singh said he was simply too worn out to go through a 36-hole qualifier to try to make it to Congressional. The rest appears to be paying dividends with Singh making five birdies and no bogeys through 14 holes.