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Crowded leader board at The Barclays in FedEx Cup Playoffs

Second Round Update — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — The Barclays — Ridgewood Country Club — Paramus, New Jersey —¬†

It’s a log jam at the top of the leader board at The Barclays in the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs season.

As many as nine players co-lead at one point Thursday in the opening round before Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at No. 17 to secure the overnight lead at 6-under after a 65 at Ridgewood Country Club.

Friday’s second round is proving more difficult for scoring, except for Henrik Stenson, who carded a 7-under-64 in the morning wave. Stenson, the defending FedEx Cup champion, hit 15 of 18 Greens In Regulation to climb the leader board. He is 6-under overall through 36 holes.

At the top for the moment is a trio of players including Jim Furyk, Kevin Chappell and Brendon Todd at 7-under overall. Furyk and Todd shot 69s in round two, while Chappell carded a 67. Todd is in the mix for a the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He won the HP Byron Nelson back in May for his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Ernie Els joined Stenson at T-4 with a second straight 68. They are tied with Van Pelt, who shot 71.

A host of players are in the clubhouse at 4-under including Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson. They are all inside the Top 10 at the moment.

FedEx Cup standings leader Rory McIlroy, who opened the day at T-105 after shooting 74 Thursday, is 1-under on his second round but has a way to go to make the weekend cut.

Nearly 60 players are within four shots of the lead with the cut-line projected at 1-under overall.

Other Golf News:

  • So-Yeon Ryu shot 66 in round two to reach 15-under overall and a five-shot advantage mid-way through the second round at the LPGA Tour’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ryu leads Anna Nordqvist at the moment. Cristie Kerr is in the clubhouse at 9-under through 36 holes. Brittany Lincicome shot 65 to reach 8-under.
  • In Canada, Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi are playing their opening nine holes at the moment. NYC shot 64 Thursday.
  • Looking for a Ryder Cup Captain’s pick for the U.S. team,¬†several key players — including Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson and Harris English — ¬†probably missed the cut this week at The Barclays.
  • Jamie Donaldson (9-under) leads Gregory Bourdy by a stroke at the European Tour’s D+D Czech Masters at the halfway point. A slew of contenders are two back at 7-under including Stephen Gallacher, who won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season, Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Slattery.