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Golf: Matt Kuchar leads at Barclays

Matt Kuchar is atop the leaderboard at 10 under despite night falling before he could finish his second round.
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Matt Kuchar is atop the leaderboard at 10 under despite night falling before he could finish his second round.

Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays.

Kuchar didn’t tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., and knew he had no chance to finish. He could barely see his ball cross the water and set up a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole that gave him the outright lead, and there was enough light coming from lower Manhattan across the Hudson River to hit his tee shot on the 14th.

The horn sounded, and by then, he was ready to go home.


Kuchar was at 10 under par with five holes remaining and has to return Saturday morning to hold his one-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who both finished the second round in the rain-delayed tournament.

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Keegan Bradley set the tournament course record with an 8-under 63.

Simpson had to play 29 holes — 11 holes to finish his first round in the morning, followed by his second round — and he was ready to go more. He ran off six birdies over an eight-hole stretch and had a 5-under 66.

‘‘It’s much nicer when you’re playing well to keep playing. And when you’re playing well, you feel like you could play 40 holes in a day,’’ Simpson said. ‘‘My main goal, I just wanted to get done today.”

Woodland, back on track after a win at the Reno-Tahoe Open three weeks ago, birdied four of his last five holes for a 64 to join Simpson in the clubhouse at 9-under 133.


As for Tiger Woods, he couldn’t get off the course fast enough.

Woods challenged the target set by Simpson with three birdies in five holes — he was two shots behind — and he had a pair of par 5s in front of him. He failed to make birdie on either of the par 5s, and made three bogeys out of the bunker through the 12th hole to fall off the pace. He made birdie on the 13th, the last hole he completed, but was still five shots behind Kuchar, who was in his group.

‘‘I got off to a great start today and then lost it in the middle part of the round and made too many mistakes,’’ Woods said.

He also said his back remained sore from what he said earlier in the week was due to a soft bed in his hotel that led to stiffness in his neck and back. He said the pain increased throughout the round and when asked if a specific shot made it hurt, he replied, ‘‘Every one.’’

Rory McIlroy showed more signs of turning his game around. After three double bogeys on Thursday, he limited the mistakes with some nifty par saves and was at 5 under with two holes remaining.


Bradley’s 63 left him at 7-under 135, along with Rickie Fowler (64) and Adam Scott, who was tied for the lead at one point until a lazy finish for a 66. Phil Mickelson, trying to retool his game after his British Open win, had a 69 and was seven shots behind the clubhouse lead.

LPGA — Inbee Park shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr in the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta.

Park, who swept the first three majors of the season and has six tour victories this season, had seven birdies and two bogeys to match Kerr at 8-under 132. Kerr shot her second straight 66. First-round leader Lydia Ko, 16, shot 69 and is two shots back.

Champions — Bart Bryant shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Duffy Waldorf and Bobby Clampett after the first-round of the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

European — Ricardo Gonzalez shot a second straight 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Bernd Wiesberger (66) after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.