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"I know that unless I play well, I'm going home. And I don't want to go home," Beem said. "No offense to my wife or kids or anything, but when you're playing well, you want to stay on the road."

And what about tweaking the FedEx Cup format?

"I'm going to have to sit down and order a few beers and think about it, because that's when I really get smart," Beem said.

SUPER GRIP: Second-round leader K.J. Choi was watching TV a few months ago when an informercial for an oversized putting grip caught his attention.

After initially hesitating to use the "Super Stroke" grip in competition, he used it last month in his AT&T National victory and has kept it in play.

"Because the grip is thick, it's fat, it naturally makes you use the shoulders," Choi said. "I thought it made sense, so I picked up the phone and I ordered it. It did look ridiculously big, but I practiced with it and I felt like it was working for me. I still hesitated to take it out to a tournament because of how big it was.

"The week before the AT&T National, I decided to take it and practice with it on the greens there and I still felt the same consistent feeling, the positive feeling. So, I made a big decision to use it during the tournament, and it just worked very well and exactly as I thought."

Jim Furyk used one for the first time in competition Thursday, but went back to a normal-sized grip Friday.

STRICKER RETURNS: Steve Stricker, four strokes behind after consecutive 67s, tied for 60th at 8 over in 1995 in his only previous Westchester Country Club start.

"I told my wife, "Take a picture. We're not coming back,"' Stricker said.

"I'm here because this is one of the playoff events. If it wasn't one of the playoff events, I don't know if I would be here. I just have bad memories about when I played here back in '95, I guess. Obviously, if you ask me now, I want to come back. I'm in good position and I like this style of course.

"Maybe I just wasn't hitting it that well in '95 and it just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I do like it. It's a great old-style course."

ROAD RAGE: The fourth green was damaged during the night when someone drove a golf cart across the back right portion of the putting surface.

Tour officials planned to place the pin in that area, but were forced to move it to the middle of the green. Tire marks also were visible in the mud on a steep slope on the side of the adjacent fifth tee.

DIVOTS: Rich Beem leads the field in putting average per green reached in regulation at 1.5 after entering the week tied for 136th at 1.803. He's tied for third in overall putts per round at 27. ... In the 40 previous tournaments at Westchester, only 12 players who held at least a share of the 36-hole lead have gone on to win. ... Vijay Singh is the ninth defending champion to miss a cut this year.

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