Scott grabs share of lead, McIlroy recovers nicely

Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:51pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs.

Scott, the Australian world number two, caught fire from the par-four fifth hole to post a 31 on the front nine and added two more birdies including a nice finishing touch at 18 to complete a 65 for eight-under 134 along with American Cameron Tringale.

Scott was hitting the ball like a dream from tee to green, and reckoned he might have broken 60 if he had taken advantage of the par-fives and cashed in with his putter on a host of other scoring opportunities.

"Always hard to put numbers on it but six, seven," Scott told reporters when asked how much better his score could have been.

"I played the par-fives one-over today. So I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10-footers it felt like."

Asked if a 59 might have been possible for him, Scott said: "Well, ifs and buts, but I played well enough if I had it really going on the green today to do that for sure."

Tringale, who last week disqualified himself from the PGA Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard, shot a 68 to share a one-stroke lead with Scott on a jammed pack leaderboard.

World number one McIlroy, on a blazing three-tournament winning streak that included major triumphs in the British Open and PGA Championship, shrugged off an opening 74 with a sizzling   Continued...

Aug 22, 2014; Paramus, NJ, USA; Adam Scott  hits his second shot on the fourth hole during the second round of The Barclays golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports