Patrick Reed (Courtesy of Eric Sucar and USA Today Sports/ via thescore.com)

Reed Holds Outright Lead at the Barclays

This week, the PGA Tour headed to Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York to open up the playoff race. Through two rounds at the Barclays, Patrick Reed has separated himself from the pack at 8-under.

Reed has found all of his success on the front nine in his first and second round scoring a combined 8-under and has had to claw his way through the back nine. On the back, Reed shot even par during both of his rounds but battled the Black Course’s last three holes on Friday afternoon going bogey on the 16th, birdie on the 17th, and bogey on the 18th.

 

Trailing two strokes behind the Reed are Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler at 6-under. Much like Reed, both Grillo and Fowler have found a majority of their success coming on the front nine with both golfers each carding a 1-under on the back nine through their first two rounds.

 

The former FedEx Cup Champion Jordan Spieth currently sits tied for fifth at 4-under on the week. Spieth didn’t find much success during his first round shooting an even par, but that’s definitely better than digging yourself a ditch to climb out of. Spieth started to pick up momentum early yesterday carding three birdies and an eagle on the front nine, but a double-bogey on the 10th hole would hamper that momentum. Spieth would go stagnant for the next seven holes before recording a birdie on the par 4 18th to somewhat redeem himself on the back nine.

Jason Day currently sits at 4-under through his first two rounds. Day, like many others jumped on the gas and got to 5-under par through seven holes of his second round, but a collapse just at the turn would set him back a few strokes. A bogey on the par-3 eighth, a double bogey on the par-4 ninth and a bogey on the par-4 10th.

 

Live TV Coverage of the Barclays will start at 1 p.m. Eastern time on the Golf Channel, and then will switch over to CBS at 3 p.m., so if you’re reading this early enough, head on over and catch up on the latest PGA Tour action.

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