By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Less than 24 hours after Keegan Bradley set a course record at Liberty National, Kevin Chappell broke it.
Chappell made nine birdies and no bogeys on a sun-plashed afternoon in Saturday's third round of The Barclays, where he moved from 43rd to second and is currently just two shots off the lead.
It's the second 62 of the season for Chappell, who recorded one earlier this year in the final round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
He also moved into the top 10 in the projected FedExCup standings after starting the week 58th in points.
Chappell got off to a good start with a birdie from just behind the 10th green. He rattled off five straight pars before back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
Then he really got hot.
Chappell rolled in a 10-footer for birdie on No. 1 before adding four more birdies on Nos. 3 through 6. Two holes later, he reached the par-5 eighth in two and two-putter for another birdie.
"My game hadn't shown much lately, but I've been working hard," said Chappell, who hasn't finished in the top 25 since early June and earlier this week put in 2 hours of work with his coach Mark Blackburn on Tuesday. "It paid off today."
Chappell hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation, taking just 24 putts along the way.
"I got some good breaks," he said. "I played from the wrong fairway twice, but took advantage of the breaks and holed the important putts."
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Gary Woodland has ridden back-to-back birdies to the top of the leaderboard during the third round of The Barclays.
He got up and down from behind the green at the par-5 sixth for the first birdie and then made a 10-footer at No. 7 to grab the lead at 11 under. Charl Schwartzel, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell trail by one.
Chappell has just made his fourth straight birdie and fifth in his last six holes. He's 8 under through 15 holes on Saturday while Schwartzel has made three birdies in his first eight and Rickie Fowler has an eagle and a birdie in seven.
The Liberty National course record is 63, shot by Keegan Bradley in the second round. Chappell has two par 4s and a par 5 remaining.
Matt Kuchar, who finished off a 65 on Saturday morning and set the pace through two rounds at 11 under, has made a pair of bogeys in seven holes and is tied with Webb Simpson at 9 under.
Tiger Woods has just made the turn at 1 over for the day and 5 under for the tournament. Also in the big group at 5 under is reigning Masters champ Adam Scott, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy and defending champ Nick Watney.
Phil Mickelson has played 14 holes in 1 over and is 1 under for the tournament.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- K.J. Choi and Greg Chalmers made the cut on the number but they've certainly made the third round memorable with aces at the 14th hole.
The two, who started on the back nine, were playing in consecutive groups. Chalmers made his first, using a pitching wedge on the 135-yard par 3. Minutes later Choi used the same club for his ace.
Chalmers, who had drained a 25-footer for birdie at the 12th hole, is now 3 under for the tournament while Choi's ace got him back to even par.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Matt Kuchar just teed off here in the third round of The Barclays, where he has a two-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland.
How did Kuchar, who can take over the top spot in the FedExCup standings with a win for the first time since winning this event in 2010, get to the top of the leaderboard?
Coming into the week, Kuchar was just 142nd in driving accuracy. Through two rounds here? He's missed just five fairways.
He has also continued to putt well. Ranked 19th in strokes gained-putting on the season, Kuchar has picked up 1.8 strokes per round on the field with his putter this week, fourth-best in the field.
Kuchar has also been nearly perfect from inside 10 feet, making 29 of 30.
And it's not just this week -- Kuchar has played his last 127 holes without a three-putt, the longest active streak on the PGA TOUR. Compare that to the TOUR average of a player having a three-putt once every 29 holes this season, and it stands out even more.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- That cranky back appeared to be a non-issue on Saturday when Tiger Woods returned to complete the final five holes of his second round at The Barclays.
"All good," Woods said when asked how he felt about 12 hours after telling reporters he was planning to see treatment. Woods managed to birdie one hole coming in, too, and the resulting 69 left him 6 under through two rounds, trailing Matt Kuchar by five strokes.
Kuchar came in ranked second to the No. 1 Woods in the FedExCup. Right now the two are projected to switch places but Woods, as everyone knows, focuses first on the win and lets everything else take care of itself.
Woods had started strong on Friday, making birdie on three of his first five holes but he got a little off-kilter midway through the round and gave those strokes he gained back with bogeys at Nos. 7, 10 and 11. The stats tell the story -- when play was suspended Woods had hit just 4 of 10 fairways and 5 of 13 greens in regulation.
Saturday was a different story, though, as he hit all four remaining fairways and three of the greens in regulation.
"I hung in there," Woods said. "I got off to a great start in yesterday's second round. As I said yesterday, I lost it in the middle but started to get it back at the end and I got one today, which was nice. Now I'm resting up right now. ...
"The middle part of the round certainly was not the best ball striking for sure. As I say, I cleaned it up towards the end, and this afternoon is going to be a tough afternoon. It's going to be windy and blustery and it's going to be tough."
Woods went on to say he had a target score for the third round.
"Yeah, definitely," he said. "I'm not telling you, but yes, I do."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Now that two rounds of The Barclays are officially in the books, we are starting to get some clarity on players who have been eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs.
Only the top 100 in the FedExCup standings come Sunday will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins its 72-hole run on Friday at TPC Boston and concludes on Labor Day.
So any player who missed the 36-hole cut at Liberty National, which came at even par, and entered the first Playoffs event ranked 101st or lower has now officially been eliminated.
That means 15 players who missed the cut and another three who withdrew will not be advancing further. Another 10 must wait until play concludes Sunday to see what their fate is.
The players who were eliminated when they missed the cut are James Hahn, who came in ranked No. 101, Mark Wilson (102), Charlie Beljan (104), Jason Bohn (106), Jeff Maggert (108), Morgan Hoffman (111), Chez Reavie (112), D.H. Lee (114), Andres Romero (115), Johnson Wagner (116), Charlie Wi (118) and Steven Bowditch (120).
Ben Crane, who came to Liberty National ranked No. 125; Lucas Glover (107) and Justin Hicks (109) withdrew on Friday and also will not advance.
The tournament's hard luck story had to be Hoffmann, who grew up in New Jersey and was 6 under for the tournament when play was suspended by darkness on Friday evening. The PGA TOUR rookie had risen to No. 64 in the projected standings but came back Saturday morning and shot 7 over on his last eight holes, including double bogeys on his last two holes, to miss the cut -- as well as the rest of the Playoffs.
According to the projections through two rounds, a total of three players -- Ted Potter Jr., J.J. Henry and Jeff Overton -- had moved out of the top 100 while George McNeill, Camilo Villegas and Martin Kaymer had moved in. Potter and Henry missed the cut so they no longer control their own destiny while Overton will start the third round tied for 65th.
The new "bubble boy" is James Driscoll, a Boston native who has made the Playoffs four times but never advanced to his hometown event. He missed the cut so Driscoll will undoubtedly have an eye on the projected FedExCup standings over the next two days.
A total of six players played their way into the top 100 in 2012 while there were eight in '11, six in '10 and 4 in '09. In the first two years of the FedExCup, the cutoff for the Deutsche Bank Championship was 120 and 15 played their way in in 2008 while just two did in 2007.