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Rain halts play at Barclays

Round one of the Barclay’s tournament will be completed early tomorrow morning after play was suspended due to rain and a lack of light during Thursday’s round.

America’s Kevin Stadler holds the current lead thanks to an opening round 64, while the best placed Aussie is Queenslander Jason Day, who fired a 66 to be five-under and two shots back.

Despite scrambling for a bogey on the final hole, Day was pleased with his start.

“I played good today,” he said.

“I think I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie.

“I capitalised on a lot of them, and overall, I’m very happy with where I started.”

Geoff Ogilvy opened with a 68, while Marc Leishman was three-under through his opening eight holes when the horn was blown at Jersey City’s Liberty National.

Players will complete their opening rounds at seven o’clock on Friday morning.

Tiger Woods, who complained of neck and back tightness during practice, shot a 67 to be in a tie for seventh, while defending champion Nick Watney made seven birdies, but settled in a tie for 14th at three-under par.

While the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field this week, only the top 100 at week’s end will move on to TPC Boston next week for the Deutche Bank Championship.

Australians John Senden, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers and Steven Bowditch currently sit outside the top 100, and need high finishes this week to progress.

Aaron Baddeley moved inside the top 100 with an eagle at the first hole, but only completed three holes in his opening round.

After the first rain delay, players returned with an aggressive mindset, resulting in abundant low scores.

“You could be so aggressive going into the greens,” said Tiger Woods.

“You didn’t have to worry about the ball bouncing.

“A couple of those short irons, you had to worry about maybe spinning the ball back too much,” he said.

“Guys are being really aggressive and making a bunch of birdies.”

One player who was able to capitalise on the soft conditions was Rory McIlroy, who made four birdies and an eagle in his round, but three untimely double bogeys cancelled out his good work.

He shot an even-par 71 on day one.

One of the highlights of the day was when Scott Brown tried to drive the green at the par-four 16th.

In an attempt to clear the water to the right of the fairway, his tee shot landed on a path traversing the hazard, and bounced over it before rolling up to about five feet from the hole.

He would make the putt for eagle, and settle for a one-under par round of 70.

A number of the field will be required to play more than 27 holes tomorrow in an attempt to get their first and second rounds completed before the weekend.

 

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