At 3-over-par 71-74=145, Jimmy Walker missed the cut at The Barclays by two strokes.
While nothing special or damaging occurred on Thursday, that can't be said of today's loop around Ridgewood Country Club. Walker found only five (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, both no-no's when attempting to navigate the tight track. The imprecision led to five bogeys and a double that were only somewhat softened by four birdies. He entered the FedExCup Playoffs slotted second in the standings, so he'll be around for the duration, but it's a tough way to open after such an outstanding season. Other notables that failed to survive the cut include: 144--Brandt Snedeker; Ian Poulter ... 145--2012 champ Nick Watney; Graham DeLaet; Luke Donald ... 146--Webb Simpson; Harris English; Matt Every ... 147--Ryan Moore; Marc Leishman ... 148--Martin Kaymer; Camilo Villegas; J.B. Holmes; Freddie Jacobson.
Louis Oosthuizen completed 36 holes of The Barclays in 3-over-par 73-72=145 to miss the cut by two strokes.
Oosthuizen split 22 (of 28) fairways and hit 24 greens in regulation, but wiped off six birdies with seven bogeys and a double. Given he started the week at 123rd in the FedExCup standings, he will not advance in the Playoffs. It's an ignominious end to a forgettable season pockmarked with injuries. His only top 10 occurred at the WGC-Accenture Match Play where he went 3-1. Seven others that began the Playoffs outside the top 100 also missed the cut and have been eliminated: 144--Aaron Baddeley (102nd) ... 145--Justin Leonard (115th) ... 146--James Hahn (121st); Robert Allenby (125th) ... 147--Sang-moon Bae (120th) ... 149--Michael Thompson (106th) ... 150--Brice Garnett (117th).
Phil Mickelson arrived at the halfway point of The Barclays in 1-over-par 71-72=143 and survived the cut on the number.
Rare is the time when Lefty visits the New York City metropolis and doesn't make news. Today was no exception as he hit a shot from a lie on the floor of a raised hospitality tent long and left of the green 50 yards away at the drivable par-4 fifth hole. (See the link below for the vid.) He settled for a bogey, but the locals don't care. However, until he rolled in a birdie from 7'1" at the par-4 ninth to conclude his round, he sat outside the cut line. Seventy-nine golfers survived the cut, so a second cut of low 70 and ties will fall once 54 holes are complete. Mickelson arrived at Ridgewood Country Club ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings, so he doesn't have to sweat out the cut line for the top 100 that will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but five others in at 1-over 143 began the week outside the top 100 and will have to hustle on Saturday to extend their lives in the Playoffs.
Kevin Na turned in a 5-under-par 34-32=66 for his second round of The Barclays.
If it were only as easy as the score suggests. Na split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation at Ridgewood today. He opened with a birdie at the par-3 10th hole and added five, including rolls of 11 feet, 26'7" and 11'6" at Nos. 15, 16 and 5, respectively. However, they may not have felt as good as his par saves from just outside 11 at both the par-4 seventh and ninth holes to preserve a spot inside the top 10 entering the weekend. At 6-under 136, Na is just two strokes off the pace of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Rory McIlroy set aside the disappointment of an opening 74 at The Barclays and carded a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in his second round.
The FedExCup points leader wasted no time in getting after it today, holing a birdie from inside eight feet at the par-4 first where he began the round. Five birdies ensued, all from inside 10 feet. He could have taken it deeper, too, as he fanned on a pair of looks inside nine feet. However, at 3-under 139, McIlroy has created an opportunity to make a bona fide run at his fourth consecutive victory. He's five strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Patrick Reed spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round of The Barclays to post 5-under 137, three swings back of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Reed arrived at Ridgewood slotted ninth in the FedExCup standings, so he's poised for a chance at the whole enchilada. Today, he split 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to five birdies. He capped his front nine with a conversion from 15'2" at the par-4 ninth hole, and would walk off with a 29'2" birdie at the par-4 18th.
Jason Day played like the talent that we know he can be in today's second round of The Barclays after which he signed for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-32=64.
Day split 10 (of 14) fairways and go up and down four times while finding seven birdies along the way. This included on each of the three par 5s. Three of his conversions measured 12-16 feet, but his longest of the day disappeared for par from 20'3" at the par-4 14th hole. At 6-under 136, the Aussie sits just two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Hunter Mahan shot an even -par 36-35=71 in his second round of The Barclays, arriving at the midpoint in 5-under 136, three strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Given he stood over 13 opportunities to break par and didn't sign for a red number, chalk up the day as a disappointment. Mahan did convert three times, including from 18'6" and 17'3" at Nos. 16 and 3, respectively, but he also three-jacked the par-5 13th from just 16'5" for the first of three bogeys. A walk-off par save from 11'4" at the par-4 ninth preserved the omission of a plus sign in front of his overall score in relation to par.