August 23 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Obviously, there is still a lot of golf to be played at The Barclays. Shoot, 41 players have yet to complete the second round.
But there's been considerable movement in the projected FedExCup standings -- and not just among the players jockeying to be among the 100 players who advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Matt Kuchar, who came into the week ranked No. 2 in the FedExCup, made five birdies in his first 13 holes of the second round to jump to the top of the leaderboard at 10 under. He's one stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who have both completed 36 holes.
Kuchar is now projected to take over No. 1 in the standings from Tiger Woods, who is 5 under for the tournament. Simpson is projected to jump 14 spots to No. 3 while Woodland's 52-spot move to No. 8 is the largest on the board right now.
Only players ranked 100th or better at the end of The Barclays will get to play at TPC Boston in the second FedExCup Playoffs event. The cut is currently projected at even par and would include 78 of the 123 players who teed off at Liberty National this week.
Here are some of the key movers during the second round.
BUBBLE BOY: William McGirt shot a 71 in the second round to finish at 1 over. When play was suspended on Friday evening he was ranked 100th so McGirt will likely be watching the projected standings with great interest over the next two days. ... Jeff Overton came into the week ranked No. 100 but he's even through 11 holes in the second round and 3 under for the tournament. That has translated into a projected move to No. 81.
DEFINITELY ELIMINATED: Three players had to withdraw during their second rounds and as a result will not earn any FedExCup points this week. All three were outside the top 100 so they will not advance -- No. 125 Ben Crane (back injury), No. 107 Lucas Glover (wrist) and No. 109 Justin Hicks (hip flexor). However, the fourth player who withdrew, David Lingmerth, came in ranked No. 45 so he will be safe for next week's second Playoffs event.
ON VERGE OF ELIMINATION: J.J. Henry came into the week ranked 97th in the FedExCup. He's finished 12 holes in the second round and is currently projected at No. 103 but he could certainly rebound on Saturday morning. ... Ted Potter Jr. came to Liberty National holding down the No. 96 spot. He's played his first 13 holes of the second round in 1 under but is 1 over for the tournament and in danger of missing the cut. He's now projected at No. 102, but like Henry has a chance to change his fortunes on Saturday. ... James Driscoll is from Boston but he has never played in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He's finished two rounds at 6 over and is now projected at No. 101. ... If a player misses the cut and started the week outside the top 100 then he will be eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs when the second round is finished tomorrow.
MOVING UP: Martin Kaymer, who is competing in the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time, shot 70 in the second round and is 4 under for the tournament. He has moved from No. 103 to 76th in the projected standings. ... Camilo Villegas continues to move in a positive direction even though he is 1 over through 11 holes in the second round. The Colombian, who started the week ranked No. 119 in the FedExCup, is 5 under on the leaderboard and projected at No. 71. ... Morgan Hoffmann, a New Jersey native who started the week at No. 111 in the FedExCup, is playing well in front of the home folks. He's 2 under through 10 holes in the second round and 6 under for the tournament. He's risen from No. 111 to No. 64 in the projections, as a result.