John Senden came to New Jersey in a precarious position, ranked 99th in the FedExCup – one spot above the cut line for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Aussie has taken matters into his own hands, though – making five birdies in his first eight holes to move to sole possession of the lead at 9 under for the tournament. He’s two strokes ahead of Kevin Streelman and three up on Stewart Cink, Vaughn Taylor and defending champ Heath Slocum.
Senden, whose only PGA TOUR win came at the 2006 John Deere Classic, birdied his first three holes on Friday – rolling in putts of 6, 38 and 19 feet. He made a 16-inch birdie putt at No. 6 and a 28-footer at the eighth to pad his lead.