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The Barclays 2014 (The 1st of 4 events in the FedExCup Playoffs), Paramus, N.J., August 21-24, 2014; FedExCup Points: 2,500; Purse: $8,000,000, The Ridgewood Country Club, Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,319 – Second-Round Notes – Friday, August 22, 2014

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 79 degrees. Winds ESE 10 mph. A total of .16” fell overnight Thursday.

36-hole cut: 79 players at 1-over 143 from a field of 122 professionals.

Second-Round Leaderboard

Adam Scott 69-65—134 (-8) (pictured by Getty Images)

Cameron Tringale 66-68—134 (-8)

Kevin Chappell 68-67—135 (-7)

Jim Furyk 66-69—135 (-7)

Brendon Todd 66-69—135 (-7)

FedExCup and The Barclays

The top 125 players on the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup points list (following the Wyndham Championship) qualified for The Barclays.
The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to the BMW Championship, contested at Conway Farms GC.
Each playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.
The top 30 players following the BMW Championship will qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Prior to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
Any player in the field at The Barclays can mathematically move inside the top five in the points standings with a runner-up finish or victory.

Adam Scott, No. 15 in the FedExCup

In his bid to become only the second player to win The Barclays in consecutive years (Ernie Els/1996-1997), Adam Scott birdied his final hole in round two to take a share of the 36-hole lead. After 36 holes last year, Scott was four strokes back at 7-under.

In round two, Scott hit 11/14 fairways in regulation (78.6) and 16/18 greens (88.9 percent). An improvement from round one, when he found just nine fairways and 12 greens.

Scott is making his 11th start at The Barclays this week, and he has competed each year since the dawn of the FedExCup era in 2007. Prior to his win at Liberty National last year, his only top-10 finish in that time frame was a T9 in 2010, the last time the event was contested at The Ridgewood Country Club. In 2006, Scott finished second at Westchester Country Club.

Scott is making his 25th start in a Playoffs event this week, highlighted by a collective eight top-10 finishes. Scott has made it to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2007 and 2010-2013.

Scott, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR is looking to become the sixth multiple winner of the season; (Rory McIlroy/3, Jimmy Walker/3, Patrick Reed/2, Bubba Watson/2, Martin Kaymer/2). Scott won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in late May, a week after taking over the World’s No. 1 ranking.

Scott is taking a 36-hole lead/co-lead for the 13th time. Of the previous 12, five have resulted in victory. He most recently made the conversion at the 2011 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Cameron Tringale, No. 61 in the FedExCup

Cameron Tringale was near perfect off the tee in Friday’s second round, finding 13/14 fairways (92.9 percent). His only wayward tee shot was at the ninth hole. He found 9/14 in round one (64.3 percent).

Making his fourth consecutive start at The Barclays, Tringale finished T32 in 2011 at The Barclays, missed the cut in 2012 and claimed a share of 58th place last year at Liberty National in Jersey City.

Tringale remains in search of his first career PGA TOUR win this week in his 133rd start. His career-best finish is third at the 2013 Valspar Championship (Tampa Bay).

Tringale is making his 28th start of the season this week, bringing with him a pair of top-10 finishes. Following a fourth-place finish at the Shell Houston Open, he took a share of fourth place at The Greenbrier Classic. In his last start before this week, Tringale disqualified himself from the PGA Championship for a putting infraction.

Tringale’s career-low round of 63 came in round two of The Barclays in 2011.

This marks Tringale’s first occasion to take a lead/co-lead after 36 holes on the PGA TOUR. On only two occasions has he ever been a leader/co-leader after any round on TOUR. He was the co-leader after 18 holes at the 2010 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (finished T11) and after the first round of the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (finished T7).

Second-Round Leader Statistics

In the 45-year history of The Barclays, the second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 13 times (most recently Nick Watney in 2012).

A year ago at Liberty National, Matt Kuchar took a 2-stroke lead into the weekend at 11-under. Kuchar eventually finished T19.

At The Ridgewood Country Club in 2008, Steve Stricker led by three strokes over Hunter Mahan at 10-under. In 2010, Jason Day’s back-to-back 67s was good for a one-shot lead over Kevin Streelman and Vaughn Taylor at eight under.

So far this year, a first-round leader/co-leader has parlayed that position into victory 16 times in 40 stroke-play events. The most recent to do so was Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship.

Jim Furyk, No. 5 in the FedExCup

2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk followed a 5-under 66 in round one with a 69 in round two. Furyk comes to The Ridgewood Country Club this week in search of his 13th top-10 finish in a FedExCup Playoffs event, and second-straight at The Barclays (T6).

Dating to the final round of the U.S. Open (3-under 67), Furyk has posted sub-par scores in 18 of his last 19 rounds on the PGA TOUR. He shot a 1-over 72 in round three of the PGA Championship.

Furyk, who has made 18 previous starts at The Barclays, missed the event in 2010 when it was last held at The Ridgewood Country Club, after being disqualified for missing his pro-am tee time. At The Ridgewood Country Club in 2008, the West Chester, Penn. native finished T12.

Through 17 events on the PGA TOUR this season, Furyk’s second-round scoring average is his best by nearly a stroke at 69.13. His final-round scoring average trails at 69.94. Furyk’s third-round scoring average has been his highest, at 70.94.

Furyk, a 16-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is looking for his first win since winning the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which also gave him top honors in the race for the FedExCup.

This season, Furyk has captured eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Among them were consecutive runner-up finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship, fourth-place honors at The Open Championship and T5 honors in his last start two weeks ago at the PGA Championship. Furyk also finished solo-second at the RBC Canadian Open at The Royal Montreal Golf Club, an event he won in 2006 and 2007.

Brendon Todd, No. 12 in the FedExCup

Making his first start in a FedExCup Playoffs event, Brendon Todd is showing no signs of being new to the scene. Following his 5-under 66 in round one, the Pittsburgh native overcame a double-bogey six at No. 7 in round two with four birdies and a 2-under 69.

In his third year on the PGA TOUR, Todd has collected one win (HP Byron Nelson Championship) and six additional top-10 finishes, four of which came in a five-week stretch immediately after his win in Dallas. As such, Todd finds himself at No. 12 in Ryder Cup points.

Todd made his way back onto the PGA TOUR for the 2013-2014 season by virtue of his 13th-place finish on the 2013 Web.com Tour priority list. The highlight of Todd’s season on that Tour last year was wining the Stadion Classic at UGA. The highlight of Todd’s whole Web.com Tour experience was recording aces on the same hole (No. 17) in back-to-back rounds at the 2009 Athens Regional Foundation Classic.

Kevin Chappell, No. 68 in the FedExCup

Making his fourth consecutive start at The Barclays, Kevin Chappell made four birdies and no bogeys in round two to get to seven under, just one stroke off the lead.

Chappell finished T15 at The Barclays last year, missed the cut in 2012 and claimed a share of 32nd place in 2011. He finished T22 and T62 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship last year, respectively, but remains in search of his first trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Chappell has made 19 cuts in 25 starts on the PGA TOUR this season, having collected one top-10 finish (T10 Crowne Plaza Invitational).

Ernie Els, No. 91 in the FedExCup

Making his 18th start at The Barclays, Ernie Els is a step closer to his eighth top-10 finish in the event and third in the FedExCup era (T4/2007, T2/2009).

This is Els’ 19th start in a FedExCup Playoffs event, where he has collected seven top 10s, but not wins.

Els, a 19-time winner on the PGA TOUR, has claimed only one victory after The Open Championship on a calendar year (2004 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship).

Els is in search of his first win on the PGA TOUR since the 2012 Open Championship. He has made 21 starts on TOUR this season before this week, with top-10 finishes at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (4th) and PGA Championship (T7).

After missing the cut at last year’s The Barclays, Els dropped from No. 82 to 91 in the FedExCup standings. A week later at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he waited to see if his T20 finish at TPC Boston would be enough to keep him inside the top 70, allowing him to advance to the BMW Championship. As fate would have it, Els managed to hang on to the 70th position and claim the last spot into the field. A T51 finish at Conway Farms ended the South African’s season.

Phil Mickelson, No. 45 in the FedExCup

With rounds of 71-72—143 (+1), Phil Mickelson made the cut on the cut on the number, thanks to a birdie at his last (No. 9). Had he missed the cut, it would’ve marked just the third time in 13 starts in The Barclays to do so. Most recently, he missed the cut in 2010, the last time the event was contested at The Ridgewood Country Club.

This marks Mickelson’s 28th start in a Playoffs event, with his only missed cut coming at The Barclays in 2010.

Mickelson, who comes into the week ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings, is the only player to finish inside the top 15 in the standings in the first six seasons.

Additional Player Notes

Following round one’s 3-over 74, Rory McIlroy make a 10-stroke swing in round two with a bogey-free, 6-under 65. At 3-under, McIlroy will head into the weekend five strokes back. Before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier this month, McIlroy was four strokes back after 36 holes.

Sang-Moon Bae incurred a two-stroke penalty at the 11th hole, his second of the day, after an errant tee shot ended up on the third green. As opposed to taking a drop, as mandated in the rules, Bae played the shot as it was, thus resulting in the infraction. At 5-over 147, Bae missed the cut.

By virtue of his T14 finish at last week’s Wyndham Championship, Bae was the only player to move from outside the top 125 in FedExCup standings (No. 126) to inside (No. 120). With his missed cut, he will not finish inside the top 100 and, therefore, not advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Shawn Stefani used a 5-iron from 199 yards to hole his second shot for eagle at the 12th hole. Stefani will begin the weekend at 1-under 141, seven strokes off the lead.

FedExCup Implications

Players ranked between No. 101-125 will need a good finish at The Barclays to move into the top 100 in the standings and move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

In the history of the FedExCup, here’s a look at how many players have advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship when starting from outside the cut line (top 120 in 2007-08; top 100 from 2009-present): 2013 (5), 2012 (6), 2011 (8), 2010 (6), 2009 (4), 2008 (15) and 2007 (2).

Miscellaneous Notes

Past Barclays champions in this week’s field: Adam Scott/2013 (-8/T1), Nick Watney/2012 (MC), Matt Kuchar/2011 (-4/T16), Vijay Singh/1993, 1995, 2006, 2008 (E/T59), Sergio Garcia/2001, 2004, (-3/T27), Ernie Els/1996, 1997 (-6/T6).

Tim Clark withdrew during the second round with an elbow injury.

Barclays “Barclays Birdies for the Brave” military fundraising initiative
At Tuesday’s Military Appreciation Day, Tom King, Chief Executive of Barclays’ Investment Bank, announced a special fundraising initiative – Barclays Birdies for the Brave – in which Barclays will donate $1,000 for every birdie made on the par-3 15th hole during the four competition rounds of The Barclays, benefiting Birdies for the Brave®. Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach and appreciation initiative proudly supported by the TOUR, which was created in 2006 by Mickelson. In 2012, the White House named Birdies for the Brave among the top 20 charities that support military families.

The last time The Barclays was played at Ridgewood, PGA TOUR players made a total of 98 birdies over the course of the tournament. On Thursday, 28 birdies were made ($28,000). Friday’s second round produced an additional 30 birdies ($30,000).

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is again driving home health and wellness to golf fans at The Barclays with a challenge to golf pro and Wyckoff native, Morgan Hoffmann, as he plays in this week’s tournament. For every 10,000 steps Hoffmann registers on a pedometer as he walks Ridgewood Country Club, Horizon BCBSNJ will add another $1,000 to a $5,000 donation it is also making to the New Jersey Golf Foundation. In round one, Hoffmann logged 15,987 steps. In round two, his total had reached 34,851.

Bogey-free Rounds

R1: Bo Van Pelt (65), Paul Casey (66), Erik Compton (68), Keegan Bradley (68), David Toms (69), David Hearn (69), Jason Kokrak (70).

R2: Jason Day (64), Rory McIlroy (65), Patrick Reed (66), Gary Woodland (66), Kevin Chappell (67), Graham DeLaet (67).

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Ridgewood Country Club:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative

R1: 35.066 35.729 70.794 —

R2: 34.884 36.174 71.058 70.926

2008 The Barclays scoring average: 71.406

2010 The Barclays scoring average: 70.977

The par-4 11th hole played the toughest in round two, yielding a 4.240 average. The easiest hole was the par-5 13th at 4.669.

Source: PGA TOUR

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