Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Golf

Kevin Stadler leads rain-interrupted Barclays

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. He took nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isn't guaranteed to be the first-round leader at the Barclays.

The FedEx Cup playoffs got off to a soggy start Thursday with two rain delays that lasted six hours.

The start-again, stop-again day didn't stop Stadler, son of 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler. He ran off three birdies early, then returned from the second delay and threw in four more birdies on a soft course.

Asked if it was difficult to stay mentally prepared, Stadler replied, "I'm never really mentally prepared. Same as usual. It was all good."

Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world and in this playoff series, came out of the first delay by missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 13th and then rolling in three straight birdies. He cooled slightly after the slightly longer second delay and failed to make birdie on any of the par 5s in his round of 67.

Woods didn't mind the long day. He was more concerned about the next long day.

Only the top half of the draw finished the round. The later starters — Ben Crane played only two holes — were to resume the round this morning and then go straight to the second round. That left the top half facing extra holes on Saturday to get the tournament caught up.

"We're done," Woods said. "It was a long day, and (today) will be a short one. And then Saturday will be pretty much a marathon."

British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott were among those who didn't finish. PGA champion Jason Dufner had a 71, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose recovered from double bogey on the par-5 13th for 68.

Former Gator Camilo Villegas, who started the season with conditional status and is No. 110 in the FedEx Cup standings, ran off four straight birdies around the turn and was the only player to reach 8 under — for now — until back-to-back bogeys late in his round. He was at 65, along with Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer.

"Three breakfasts, three warmups, two lunches and a bunch of birdies, which is good," Villegas said.

Jason Day and Matt Kuchar shot 66. Rory McIlroy had three double bogeys and still shot 71. McIlroy blasted out of a bunker and over the 15th green. His approach found the water on No. 5. And his tee shot on the ninth took a kick off the cart path, over the bushes and a fence and out of bounds.

"The rest of it was actually pretty good," he said.

lpga: Lydia Ko is back on top of the Canadian Women's Open leaderboard. Ko, 16, the winner last year at Vancouver Golf Club at a tour-record age of 15 years, 4 months, shot 5-under 65 in perfect conditions at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton for a share of the first-round lead with Angela Stanford and the Netherland's Christel Boeljon.

Ko, a South Korean-born New Zealander, had six birdies and a bogey.

"Because you're the defending champion, people are going to expect more," Ko said. "I called my dad a couple of days ago and he just said, 'Relax. You can't control everything. Just play the game that you want to play.' "

Stanford rebounded after going 0-4 in the United States' Solheim Cup loss. The Texan birdied five of the first 12 holes.

Boeljon had a hole-in-one on the 16th hole, and played Nos. 15-17 in 4 under.

Brittany Lincicome of Seminole is tied for 10th at 68. Tampa's Cindy Lacrosse and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson are among a group tied for 113th at 74.

Stacy Lewis shot 74, and later withdrew because of illness. She bogeyed five of her first seven holes.

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