Saturday, August 25, 2012

Barclays Second-Round Notes – Friday, August 24

Second-Round Notes – Friday, August 24, 2012
Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 85. Winds from the south at 6-12 mph.
Second-Round Leaderboard
Nick Watney 65-69—134 (-8) Sergio Garcia 66-68—134 (-8) Vijay Singh 68-67—135 (-7) Bob Estes 69-66—135 (-7)
36-hole Cut
The 36-hole cut was made at 1-over 143, with 75 professionals advancing to the weekend.
PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup
The Barclays serves as the kickoff to the FedExCup Playoffs.
  • The top-125 players on the final Regular 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
  • The top-70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to the
    BMW Championship, contested at Crooked Stick GC in Indianapolis, Ind., for the first time.
  • 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.
  • In 2011, seven players began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked outside of the top 30 and played their way into the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
    Nick Watney – No. 49 in FedExCup – 65-69—134 (-8) – T1
    Nick Watney followed up an opening-round 6-under 65 with a 2-under 69 to move into a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia after the second round of The Barclays. His round included a rollercoaster finish on the last seven holes, going bogey-birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey-par-bogey.
    Watney’s round included an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole, the 11th of his career in PGA TOUR Playoffs events (only Hunter Mahan, with 12, has more).
    This marks the fifth time in Watney’s PGA TOUR career he has held the second-round lead/co-lead: 2012 Wells Fargo Championship (finished eighth), 2009 Transitions Championship (T12), 2009 Waste Management Phoenix Open (T12) and the 2006 Wyndham Championship (T6).
    Watney was ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup standings after the PGA TOUR Regular season last year and finished 9th, his best showing since the FedExCup began in 2007. He posted a T10 finish in The Barclays 2011, his second top 10 at the event. His best Barclays performance was a T6 in 2009.
    Watney missed the cut at the 2009 U.S. Open held at Bethpage Black (73-73).
    Sergio Garcia – No. 33 in FedExCup – 66-68—134 (-8) – T1
    Sergio Garcia, a two-time winner of The Barclays (2001, 2004), posted his 22nd round in the 60s (out of 42 rounds and 11 starts) in round two and shares the lead with Nick Watney after two rounds.
Garcia has just two bogeys through the first two rounds, both coming at the par-3 third hole.
Like Watney, this marks the fifth time Garcia has held/shared the second-round lead on TOUR: 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship (T20), 2007 British Open (2), 2005 Wells Fargo Championship (T2) and The Barclays 2001 (won).
A below-average season by Garcia’s standards has turned around with his victory last week at the Wyndham Championship. The win was just his second top-10 finish of 2012, after a T4 to start his PGA TOUR season at the Northern Trust Open. The last player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events was Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational).
Garcia, currently No. 33 in the FedExCup standings, fell as far as No. 103 in the standings this season and entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 102.
Garcia is one of the most successful players at The Barclays, with two career victories that have helped put him at No. 2 in career money earned at the event. Entering this week, Garcia ranked seventh in career stroke average at 69.33 in 40 rounds at The Barclays.
The 32-year-old, eight-time PGA TOUR winner is looking to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time since 2008, when he suffered playoff defeats at two of the four PGA TOUR Playoff events (The Barclays to Vijay Singh and the TOUR Championship to Camilo Villegas).
Garcia finished fourth and T10 at the U.S. Open at Bethpage in 2002 and 2009, respectively. 

Second-Round Leader Stats
In the 45-year history of The Barclays, the second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 12 times (most recently Vijay Singh in 2006).
The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win just seven of 36 stroke-play events in 2012, most recently Scott Piercy at the RBC Canadian Open. 

Additional Player Notes
Tiger Woods sits T7 as he seeks to win The Barclays for the first time in his seventh start at the event. His best finish at The Barclays is T2 in 2009.
Making his 20th career start at The Barclays, Vijay Singh (68-67) opens with two rounds in the 60s for just the second time (2011/65-64). With four wins, Singh (currently T3) leads a group of five players with multiple wins at The Barclays: Singh (4); and Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia (2).
With rounds of 69-66, Bob Estes (T3) opens with two rounds in the 60s for the first time in 13 career starts at The Barclays. The four-time PGA TOUR winner is making his 609th official TOUR start this week.
First-round leader Padraig Harrington, winner of The Barclays in 2005, carded a 4-over 75 during the second round, falling to T16. On Thursday, Harrington carded a 6-under 29 on Bethpage’s final nine holes (matching his career-low nine hole score on TOUR). On Friday, he posted a 5-over 40 on that same side en route to a 75.
Luke Donald (T52) three-putted the second hole on Friday, snapping a streak of 310 holes in the Playoffs without a three-putt. The streak dated to the third round of the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (21 holes/2010, 270 holes/2011, 19 holes/2012). 

Among players in the top 10 on the leaderboard, John Huh (T7) and Gary Christian (T7) are making their first appearance at The Barclays. Two players have won in their first appearance at this event – Jack Renner (1979) and Vijay Singh (1993). Eight players have made The Barclays their first PGA TOUR win: Andy North (1977); Jack Renner (1979); Wayne Grady (1989); Vijay Singh (1993); JP Hayes (1998); Dennis Paulson (2000); Chris Smith (2002); and Jonathan Kaye (2003). 

Defending FedExCup champion Bill Haas missed the cut after rounds of 71-75. He entered the week ranked No. 21 in the FedExCup standings and is currently projected at No. 32.
There were two aces on Friday: Chris Kirk on No. 17 with a 5-iron from 190 yards and Roberto Castro on No. 14 with an 8-iron from 154 yards. 

Jason Bohn withdrew prior to the start of the second round with a back injury. Matt Every withdrew during the second round with a neck injury. 

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. Here’s how they stand through two rounds: 

Rank / Player
  1. 101  Jonas Blixt
  2. 102  T ommy Gainey
  3. 103  Bob Estes
  4. 104  Kevin Chappell
  5. 105  Davis Love III
  6. 106  Graham DeLaet
  7. 107  Jeff Maggert
  8. 108  David Hearn
  9. 109  Kevin Streelman
  10. 110  Brian Gay
  11. 111  Gary Christian
  12. 112  Robert Allenby
  13. 113  Jason Day
  14. 114  Trevor Immelman
  15. 115  James Driscoll
  16. 116  Rod Pampling
  17. 117  Henrik Stenson
  18. 118  Troy Kelly
  19. 119  Billy Mayfair
  20. 120  Colt Knost
  21. 121  Harrison Frazar
  22. 122  Jerry Kelly
  23. 123  Boo Weekley
  24. 124  Heath Slocum
  25. 125  Jason Bohn
FedExCup status
Currently projected No. 82 Currently projected No. 83 Currently projected No. 25
Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs Currently projected No. 105 Currently projected No. 111 Currently projected No. 112 Currently projected No. 99 Currently projected No. 115 Currently projected No. 54 Eliminated from the Playoffs Currently projected No. 93 Currently projected No. 101 Currently projected No. 116 Currently projected No. 118 Currently projected No. 74 Currently projected No. 95 Currently projected No. 119 Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs Eliminated from the Playoffs 

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):
2011 8 players 2010 6 players 2009 4 players 2008 15 players 2007 2 players.

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