By petedirenzo
Friday, August 27, 2010

Golf Magazine's Alan Bastable live blogged the second round of the Barclays. Leaderboard | Photos: Round 2 | Course Profile | TV Schedule 6:00 p.m. That's it for me. Enjoy the weekend, though something tells me Tiger won't. 5:55 p.m. Wild occurrence at 16, where Senden knocked a relatively simple greenside bunker shot through the green and into a bush. One unplayable lie, a pitch shot and a couple of putts later, he had made a double-bogey 6. Senden drops to 6-under. Day is the solo leader at 8-under.   5:50 p.m. Ernie made the cut!5:48 p.m. Michelle Wie made a hole-in-one yesterday at the Canadian Women's Open. Here's a depressing sidebar: It was her eighth, and she hasn't even finished college. How many do you have? 5:40 p.m. With his stellar play in 2009, Steve Stricker seemed a near-lock to win a major. Today? Questionable. He's at 3-under for the week. 5:35 p.m. Before the Golf Channel switched to the Barclays, I caught a little of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay. The USGA has taken a lot of heat for setting up the Washington muni at 7,700-plus yards, but I must say it looks GREAT on TV -- water views, native grasses, a freight train rumbling through. Looking forward to seeing the big boys play it when the Open visits in 2015.

5:27 p.m. Stuart Appleby, playing with Day, stuffs his tee shot to two feet at the short, downhill par-3 8th. Could have easily gone in. Still, no 59 for Apples today -- not even close. He's at even-par, splat on the cut line. 5:23 p.m. A birdie! Day rolls in a 20-footer at the par-4 7th for his third-straight 3.5:22 p.m. Wonder how Jim Furyk is spending his week, besides shopping for a new PDA?5:17 p.m. Shot of the day? Darned if I've seen one. I can't even recall a single birdie in the last 30 minutes. It's starting to feel like a U.S. Open (c. 1984) out there.5:11 p.m. Faldo says Aussie upstart Jason Day has asked him for tips on how to play Augusta National. I love that Day is already thinking about the next major. Not hard to imagine him slipping on a green jacket some time soon.  5:07 p.m. Reader Rich gets right to the point: "This blog is terrible." Mom, is that you?5:05 p.m. Vaughn Taylor, the Augusta native, has joined Senden at 8-under.   5:00 p.m. Another reader, Shoshana, asks about the greens drying out this weekend. It's likely given the forecast for lots more sun, which naturally will make Ridgewood play much tougher. These old-timey courses rely so much on their slippery putting surfaces to keep elite players in check. Look for scores to head north over the next two days. 4:53 p.m. Ernie Els, your FedEx Cup leader for 22 straight weeks this year, is in danger of missing the cut. That's the golf equivalent of the Jets upsetting the Colts in Super Bowl III. No?4:44 p.m. Hey Alan, asks reader Chris LaBiche, how about the fact that 7 players currently in the Top 10 and ties were ranked 80th or worse in the Fed Ex Cup before this tournament? Is this an instance of guys pushing a little harder because they want to qualify for next week or does it just speak to the parity on the PGA Tour, especially this year when nobody's won more than 2 tournaments?
Yes and yes. And let's talk again on Sunday. Lots of golf still to play. It's amazing, though, what has happened in Tiger's absence this year -- the emergence of Gen Next, guys named Louis winning majors, Phil converting to veggie burgers. Don't be surprised if Chad Collins (94) wins this week.    4:34 p.m. Surprisingly sleepy scene at Ridgewood. Hard to believe this is a NYC-area event. Only hint was when a fan yelled, "Get some!" after a John Senden drive. Was does that even mean? Was the fan talking to Senden or his ball?4:28 p.m. Ugly finish for TW, who misses another short putt at the par-4 ninth. Woods made four bogeys on his second nine to shoot a two-over 73. He may grind out a top-20 finish, but it's hard to envision Tiger making a big move this weekend, not with the way he putted today. T-Dubs, might I suggest a little light reading?   4:21 p.m. Tiger may have shaved his goatee, but Stevie Williams has grown some big ol' mutton chop sideburns. Think Thomas Henry Huxley with a bunker rake.   4:17 p.m. Tiger hit his first 10 greens in reg today. Since then he's missed four of five. Nice swing analysis by Faldo who points out that Tiger's hips aren't staying on an even plane, which causes him to dip.    4:09 p.m. Speaking of FedEx fever, last year's champ Heath Slocum clearly has it. Picking up where he left in 2009, Slocum is right in the mix at 6-under for the week thanks to three birdies in his last six holes. You might say he's Heath-ing up. And by you, I mean Jim Nantz.  4:02 p.m. Tiger's FedEx ranking before this week: 112. His projected ranking after this week: 60. With more than two rounds still to play, I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds impressive. FedEx fever -- catch it!3:57 p.m. Chris Couch is either chewing tobacco or munching on a ProV1. Don't try either, kids. 3:53 p.m. Another FedEx promo: this time it's Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees applying eye black. Much cooler.3:49 p.m. Five birdies through eight holes for Senden. At 9-under, he's now your leader by two over Streelman. Four players are at 6-under. 3:45 p.m. Paddy Harrington's had a nice week thus far, pairing a 69 with a 68. You get the sense that Harrington has at least a couple more majors in him. I thought he'd win one this year. Definitely a guy to watch in 2011.3:41 p.m. Best moment thus far on the telecast: former Bears great Jim McMahon appearing on a promo for the FedEx Cup.
This is the guy the Tour wants selling its playoffs? JimmyMacMac 3:35 p.m. Another puzzling sequence from Woods at the sixth. He blisters a 3-wood 313 yards up the meat of the fairway then dumps an 8-iron well right and well short of the green. Nice round Thursday, but Tiger ain't back yet.3:27 p.m. Great Odin's raven! From 78 yards, Woods left his approach 12 feet below the hole ... then three-putted, including a missed kick-in from a foot. I think I just heard his driver snickering. 3:24 p.m. Then again, it's hard to question Tiger's strategy. He hit just two drivers yesterday and carded his best score since Reagan was in office.   3:21 p.m. Stunning development as Woods lays up on the short par-4 5th -- it's no more than 270 to the green's front edge. Nick Faldo and Peter Oosterhuis are flabbergasted. "Oh, come on!" cries Sir Nick.  3:18 p.m. Tiger has five holes left to play, but has failed to match his brilliance from Thursday. With just a pair of birdies today, he's at 7-under, a shot behind Senden. And Phil Mickelson? Fuggedabouthim. Lefty's 74 has left him four over the cut line. Next stop: Beantown.   3:15 p.m. Kevin Streelman showed little respect for Ridgewood Country Club this morning, carding a nine-birdie 63 that rocketed him to the top of the leader board at 7-under. Aussie John Senden, a late starter, has since caught the Man of Streel after birdieing four of his first five holes. Senden is your leader at 8-under.   3:10 p.m. Sorry for the late start, folks. Technical issues here at HQ. Anyway, welcome back to The Barclays live blog, where much of today's discussion will revolve around the Barclays story on everyone's mind: the bank's plan to sell as much 100 billion yen of Samurai bonds on Sept. 2. Stick around. We might also talk a little golf! Golf Magazine's Alan Bastable will be live blogging the second round of the Barclays beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern. Join the discussion by leaving a question or comment below.

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