Matt Kuchar, Kooch, is cruising along in the now suspended second round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey.
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Matt was top of the leaderboard in The Barclays at -10 under par, just cruising through thirteen holes when bad light halted play. Matt is now projected to take over Number one spot in the FedEx Cup standings from Tiger Woods, who is -5 under par for the tournament. Tiger is currently -1 under par in his second round, through thirteen holes.
Webb Simpson currently in second position at -9 under par, and has completed his second round, shooting a -5 under par 66. He shares second place with Gary Woodland, who fired in a -7 under par 64, to move up the leaderboard.
Matt was happy to tell us he had played some good golf, but was also relieved play was suspended because of darkness;
“I’ve been playing some good golf. It was dark, it was a good thing to be able to stop now and come out tomorrow morning and conditions will hopefully be really good in the morning.”
Webb was under no illusions when he finished at -9 under par, he was aware of Matt’s ascendancy;
“A lot of guys are playing good golf and my guess is at the end of two rounds I won’t be leading because there are a lot of birdie holes. I think my bad shots are getting better, and I’ve been putting well now for a couple months. So it’s always nice when you are having a day when you’re struggling a little bit, get the ball in the hole and make some pars. But the best test for what you’re working on is getting in contention on the weekend on the PGA TOUR. I’m excited to be in contention. Like I said, there’s a lot of golf to play. We have half the tournament done, about halfway to go, and it’s just nice to kind of be in there and have a chance I think.”
Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott have all completed their second rounds and are tied in fourth place at -7 under par.
Rickie said he was playing well, just needed more consistency;
” Every year I feel like I’ve been just kind of trying to hold on and finish off the year. This year, after missing the cut at The Open Championship, I kind of turned a corner, swinging really well. Just waiting for kind of getting some putts to drop and I was able to do that today which was nice. It’s all pretty simple, but making it a little more repeatable for myself. Been swinging really well. Hitting a lot of golf shots, and it’s kind of nice to see everything working properly. I just want to play well right now.”
Adam is keen to add the FedEx Cup to his Major win;
“I feel like I’ve played a lot of good golf and obviously winning at Augusta is huge. But I feel like I’d like to win again before the end of the season, and kind of validate all of my good play. I’m pretty happy with today’s effort, when we went out this morning, the wind was up, and the course played a lot tougher than the few holes I played yesterday. Playing 30 holes in a day is good, if you’re playing well.”
Justin Rose is also at -7 under par for the tournament, and still has four holes to in his second round.
Tiger was happy with the halt in play, it will allow him to get some treatment for his ailing back, he will need it to be in good shape to tackle tomorrows long day of play;
” I’m a little sore right now, yeah, tomorrow will be longer. With the early start and then the repairing, go back out, but I don’t think the wait will be too long tomorrow and we’ll get back out there and finish it up. I got off to a great start today and then lost it the middle part of the round and made too many mistakes. Didn’t hit any greens, consequently, made some bogeys.”