PARAMUS, N.J. — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.
He ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and 6-under 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at the Barclays.
Three dozen players were within five of the lead, a group that included British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy, whose 65 was nine shots better than his opening round.
Scott won the Barclays a year ago at Liberty National, and it felt like a bonus in a year in which he won his first major at the Masters. He never had a serious chance at any of the majors this year, and he is looking at the FedEx Cup playoffs differently: "There's so much to play for, and for me to be satisfied with the year, I need four really great weeks.''
He and Tringale were at 8-under 134. Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and Jim Furyk (69) were one behind.
Phil Mickelson took bogey on the "five-and-dime" fifth hole, thusly named because Byron Nelson always used a 5-iron and a wedge. Mickelson, like so many other players, tried to drive the green and took a wild detour. His shot bounced into the grandstand, behind a row of seats on the thin carpet of the hospitality area. Instead of dropping into deep grass, he chose to play it out of the bleachers, right next to a half-filled glass of beer on a table.
It went too long, over the green and into a bunker, though it gave the crowd a thrill. "It wasn't hard to make contact. It was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop," he said. He compared it with trying to hit a shot off the cart path, except the carpet "doesn't scrape up your club as much."
Mickelson birdied his last hole for 72 to make the cut on the number, 1-over 143
Seung-yul Noh made bogey by playing off the wrong green — except it turned into a triple bogey because he didn't know he wasn't allowed to hit off the putting surface from a different hole. His tee shot on No. 11 was so far right it landed on the third green. Noh took a divot off the green, and a rules official drove up and told him the rule, which comes with a two-shot penalty.
LPGA: So Yeon Ryu used a second straight bogey-free round to pull away at the Canadian Women's Open in London, Ontario. Ryu shot 6-under 66 at the London Hunt and Country Club to get to 15-under 129, the best two-round start in the tournament's history. She was five ahead of fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi, playing partner Anna Nordqvist and Danielle Kang. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, runnerup to Inbee Park on Sunday at the LPGA Championship, had the best round of the day, 65, to move to 8 under. Lincicome said her confidence level was "really high."
champions: Mike Goodes shot 8-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Goodes, 57, got off to a fast start with eagle on the first hole, knocking it in from a bunker. He added six birdies.