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Beginning off No. 10 tee, Hideki Matsuyama crashed and burned to a 4-over-par 35-40=75 in today's second round of The Barclays and at 4-over 71-75=146, missed the cut by one stroke.

A total of 79 players made the cut of 3-over 145. Effective last year, there is no 54-hole/MDF cut in the Playoffs. Matsuyama was making his third straight appearance and had posted progressively better finishes of T30 in 2014 (Ridgewood CC) and T13 last season (Plainfield CC). He entered the week at No. 12 in the FedExCup standings and off consecutive top-4 finishes at the PGA Championship and last week at the Wyndham. After an up-and-down even-par 71 to kick off, he squared four bogeys and a double bogey-6 in R2 before finally connecting for back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7. The 24-year-old mustered just 11 GIR and a dismal -3.710 in SG: Putting. Other notable early exits include: 146- Si Woo Kim ... 147- Daniel Summerhays; Jimmy Walker; Danny Lee; Kevin Na ... 148- Bill Haas; David Lingmerth; Graeme McDowell ... 149- Marc Leishman; Francesco Molinari ... 150- Branden Grace.
Aug 26 - 7:12 PM

Blayne Barber authored a 2-under-par 36-33=69 during round two of The Barclays to reach 3-under 139 at halftime, five strokes off the pace set by Patrick Reed.

The Auburn product split nine (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. His short game helped on several occasions, as well. Most notable was a 55'3" hole out from the fringe at the par-4 12th hole, to collect his first birdie of the day. Barber would add three birdies splashes from 10-to-19 feet before the round was over. The 26-year-old entered the week ranked 112th in the FedExCup and has moved to 71st on the live projected points through two days of work. This extends his streaks of cuts made to eight straight, and he certainly has the potential to make a splash over the next few weeks as he continues his debut appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Aug 26 - 6:54 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight co-leader Martin Laird bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in the second round of The Barclays to post 4-under 138, down four spots to T5 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old co-led with Patrick Reed after a bogey-free 66. It was his second lead/co-lead this season after any round in his 23rd start. Laird led after 18 holes at the opposite-field Barracuda, eventually finishing T7. On Day 2 at Bethpage Black, he improved to six (of 14) fairways and 1.600 putts per GIR, but dipped in all other stats. The Scot circled four birdies on just 10 greens in regulation, three from five feet or less, and a 31-foot bomb at the par-4 10th. He squared five bogeys however, all on failed scrambles, including three over his final five holes.
Aug 26 - 6:31 PM

World No. 1 Jason Day roller-coastered his way around the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, scribbling a 1-under-par 34-36=70 by round's end, to reach the midpoint of The Barclays on 4-under 138.

Opening the day in a share of seventh place, the Aussie circled birdies in five of his first seven holes to reach 8-under on the week. He also saved pars from 13'10" and 9'2" over the stretch, as it looked like it was meant to be his day. Instead, he swallowed a bogey at the eighth and a double bogey at the par-4 ninth before making the turn. Day wasn't done sliding yet, as he squared bogeys at the par-4 10th and par-3 14th as well, managing one final birdie in-between. The only weakness in his game so far is with the driver, losing 2.509 strokes off-the-tee to rank 112th in the field through two days. While Day won't be pleased with his finish today, he also is quite lucky to survive some of his errant tee shots this week, as the thick rough at Bethpage Black is not known to be kind to any visitors. The 28-year-old will need to tidy things up off the tee if he wants to add an 11th PGA TOUR title to his resume.
Aug 26 - 6:26 PM

Overnight co-leader Patrick Reed orchestrated a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint on 8-under 134, good for a two-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler.

The 26-year-old co-led with Martin Laird after an opening bogey-free 66. It was his second lead/co-lead this season after any round in his 25th start. The Texan was the 18-hole leader at the Hyundai TOC, eventually finishing runner-up to Jordan Spieth. He raced out of the gate on Day 2 at Bethpage Black, circling back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 (18'10") and adding birdie-4s at 4 and 7. Reed squared the par-3 eighth (failed scramble) to turn 3-under, his first blemish of the week in 26 holes. He came home in even-par, exchanging birdies on 13 and 17 with bogeys on 16 and 18, the former a 3-putt from 31'4". Reed landed just seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.769 putts per GIR.
Aug 26 - 6:13 PM

Kevin Chappell flirted with the lead in round two of The Barclays, ultimately settling for a 1-over-par 34-38=72, arriving at the weekend on 3-under 139, five off the pacesetter Patrick Reed.

Chappell opened in a share of third place and put his foot on the gas with a birdie at the par-5 fourth and a 20'10" eagle at the par-5 seventh. That got him to 7-under on the week which would put him in solo second if he maintained that. However, he missed a 4-footer at the par-4 ninth to start the downturn. The 30-year-old added two more circles coming in, but offset them with three bogeys and a double. The closing stretch of bogey-double-bogey to finish the round was the big hit to the scorecard. Chappell will not be happy with the results of round two, but still enters the weekend inside the top 15, just five strokes off the lead.
Aug 26 - 6:12 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, PGA TOUR rookie Emiliano Grillo pieced together a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 6-under 136, up one spot to T2, two back of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed.

The Argentine was one (of six) rookies to qualify for this year's Playoffs. He chased an opening 67 with today's effort, which book-ended a double bogey-6 on the 10th with a bogey-5 17 holes later on the ninth. In between, he circled five birdies, including three straight on Nos. 12-14. The 23-year-old striped nine (of 14) fairways and improved slightly to 13 greens in regulation and 1.615 putts per GIR. He lost 1.144 strokes around-the-green but otherwise was in positive territory, highlighted by 1.311 SG: Putting. All five of his birdies dropped from inside of 10 feet.
Aug 26 - 5:57 PM

Rickie Fowler coasted to a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-35=69 during round two of The Barclays, arriving at the midpoint on 6-under 136 in a share of second place.

For the second straight day, Fowler split nine fairways, but landed 12 greens today (one fewer than R1). While most of his work on day one was done through the air, he picked up 2.13 strokes putting in round two. That included a pair of par-savers from 8-to-10 feet as well as a 19'3" birdie splash at the par-4 second. On the week, his lone blemish is a missed 4'3" putt which lead to a bogey. The Ryder Cup standings are weighing heavily on Fowler this week, but he's proving to be up to the task so far. Fowler will enter the weekend in a share of second place with Emiliano Grillo.
Aug 26 - 5:42 PM

Robert Garrigus has withdrawn from this week's Barclays, he was 3-over through 11 holes today, and 9-over on the week at the time of WD, citing an elbow injury as the culprit.

Garrigus opened his week with a birdie-free, 6-over-par 39-38=77 to fall behind right form the start. He landed just six greens in that opening navigation of Bethpage Black and his flat stick was equally unproductive, losing 2.466 strokes putting in round one. It was more of the same today as he traded four bogeys with just one birdie before calling it quits. On the week he missed four putts from 6'4" or shorter. Initially grouped with Jonas Blixt and Brett Stegmaier, Blixt was left to play the final seven holes alone as Stegmaier withdrew during round one with a left-wrist injury. Entering the week 102nd in the FedExCup standings, this puts an end to Garrigus' 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 26 - 5:19 PM

Ryan Palmer pushed up the leaderboard in round two of The Barclays, scribbling a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 3-under 139 heading into the weekend.

Palmer put his tee-to-green game on cruise control, striping 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens. That kept things stress-free on the greens, which was needed since he lost 1.43 strokes putting on the round, despite making a 52'3" eagle bomb at the par-5 fourth. He walked off the course with 3.161 strokes gained approaching-the-green, which checks out in his GIR numbers, hitting 29 on the week to rank first in the field at the moment. Palmer has not figured out these slick bentgrass greens, but he'll enter the weekend inside the top 15 on the leaderboard with two more rounds to figure out the putter.
Aug 26 - 5:09 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Adam Hadwin fashioned a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of The Barclays to reach 4-under 138, up 13 spots to T7 with play still in progress.

The second-year man is making his second appearance following a missed cut last year at Plainfield CC. He opened with a three-birdie two-bogey 70 on nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR. The 28-year-old improved to 11 fairways in R2 but digressed slightly to 11 greens and 1.727 putts per GIR. He kicked off with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, both from inside of 10 feet, and 11 pars later added a two-putt birdie-4 at the fourth. The Canadian got up-and-down for par '4s' on the fifth and sixth, saving from 5'6" and 28'6", respectively, before dropping a seven-footer for birdie on the par-5 seventh. He went 3-for-4 on the lap in sand saves, with the exception of the par-4 ninth, walking-off with his lone bogey of the day, missing par from 8'9".
Aug 26 - 5:06 PM

Rory McIlroy settled for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 2-under 140, up 16 spots to T17 with play still in progress.

The 27-year-old opened his fifth appearance at The Barclays with a three-birdie three-bogey 71 and outpaced two bogeys in R2 with four birdies. He'll head to the weekend with a tinge of disappointment however, squaring his two bogeys today over his final four holes. The Ulsterman swallowed bogey-5s at 15 and 16 for a second day in a row, the former a 3-putt from 58'11". Prior to the indifferent finish, he circled birdie-4s on each of the three par 5s, adding birdie-3 at the sixth. McIlroy's longest conversion was 6'6" at the par-5 13th and is currently 110th in SG: Putting with a cumulative -3.426, while 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green (6.817). Wielding a Scotty Cameron mallet this week, he reached the midpoint T79 in putts per GIR at 1.857.
Aug 26 - 1:49 PM

Sean O'Hair styled a 2-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of The Barclays to reach halftime on 4-under 138, currently good for T4 on the live leaderboard as the afternoon wave gets started on their rounds.

O'Hair split just six (of 14) fairways but recovered to still land 13 greens. His flat stick was up-and-down throughout the round, splashing in a pair of putts from 18-to-22 feet but also three-putting to swallow bogey at the par-4 12th and missing from 6'6" at the following hole to square a second-straight bogey. The Texan has made his mark with great iron-play this week, gaining 3.8 strokes approaching-the-green through two days, currently ranked third in the field in that category.
Aug 26 - 1:39 PM

Jhonattan Vegas tacked on an even-par 35-36=71 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint on 3-under 139, two in arrears to 36-hole clubhouse-leader Ryan Moore.

The Venezuelan, who turned 32 seven days ago (August 19th), was 2-under on his lap on Day 2 thru 14 holes, but stalled out with two bogeys over his final four holes. Earlier, he camouflaged a bogey-5 at the ninth with birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 14. The University of Texas alum found just half (of 14) fairways for a second straight lap and digressed slightly to 12 greens in regulation and 1.750 putts per GIR. All three of his bogeys were failed scrambles but did make two par-savers from between five and seven feet to limit any further damage.
Aug 26 - 1:30 PM

Matt Fitzpatrick struggled to a 3-over-par 37-37=74 in his second round at the Made in Denmark tournament and missed the cut by a shot.

Don't fall off your seat in surprise. At last week's D+D REAL Czech Masters, the young Englishman got up and down for par at the 72nd hole to secure his place in the 2016 European Ryder Cup team and his performance here smacks of a player feeling flat after an emotional high. Today, he couldn't get anything going and bogeys at 6, 14 and 18 along with 15 pars saw him land at 2-over 144, a shot the wrong side of the cut line. Other notables that will join Fitzpatrick and get the weekend off include: 144- Andrew Dodt, Brett Rumford, Gary Stal ... 145- Marc Warren, Andy Sullivan ... 146- Niclas Fasth, Ross Fisher ... 147- Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn ... 150- Thorbjorn Olesen ... 152- David Horsey ... 153- Haydn Porteous, Eddie Pepperell.
Aug 26 - 1:29 PM



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