Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it Thursday in The Barclays.
Scott played bogey-free and closed with a 5-under 66. He finished an hour before the final group.
Webb Simpson had six birdies over his last nine holes for a 5-under 66 that made him the clubhouse leader at The Barclays.
Some of the world’s best golfers have been teeing off all weekend, thanks to an army of volunteers who are helping at the event. More than 1,800 volunteers in green shirts have been logging 12-hour days during the tournament.
Tiger Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He managed to overcome a bogey-bogey start and get within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia.
Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup — Woods at No. 1 and McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start.
More than 100,000 spectators expected over the six-day PGA event at Bethpage State Park, along with some of the best golfers in the world.
As Hurricane Irene bears down on the Eastern seaboard sports officials are scrambling to reschedule events.
Kuchar beat Martin Laird in a playoff at The Barclays with a 7-iron out of the rough that rolled toward the back of the 18th green, then caught enough of the slope to turn back toward the hole and stop 30 inches away for a birdie.
Woods hit a shocking 3-wood off the opening tee, straight in the air with a sharp hook that sailed over the trees and off the property at Ridgewood Country Club. It led to a triple bogey, and he never got all of those shots back.
Tiger Woods missed a 20-inch putt for one of his four bogeys over the final eight holes Friday at Ridgewood Country Club, giving him a 2-over 73.
By missing only one fairway and having a birdie putt on all but two holes, Tiger Woods began the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Vaughn Taylor after one round at The Barclays.