Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Scott takes aim at FedExCup title

PARAMUS, N.J. - Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year: a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.

Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under-par 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays.

Three dozen players were within 5 shots of the lead, a group that includes British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy. The world's No. 1 player, going after his fourth straight victory, shook off some rust on the range and was 9 shots better than his opening round with a 65.

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.

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"There's so much to play for, and for me to be satisfied with the year, I need four really great weeks," Scott said.

Some scorecards needed more than just numbers, starting with Phil Mickelson.

Lefty took a bogey on the "five-and-dime" fifth hole, thusly named because Byron Nelson always used a 5-iron and a wedge. Mickelson, as so many other players did, 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," Mickelson said.

Seung-yul Noh made a bogey by playing off the wrong green - except it turned into a triple bogey because he didn't know that he wasn't allowed to hit off the putting surface from a different hole.

His tee shot on No. 11 was so far right that 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 came with a 2-shot penalty.

LPGA

LONDON, Ontario - So Yeon Ryu used a second straight bogey-free round to pull away at the Canadian Women's Open.

Ryu shot a 6-under 66 at the London Hunt and Country Club to get to 15 under, the best two-round start in the tournament's history. She was 5 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi, playing partner Anna Nordqvist, and Danielle Kang.

American Brittany Lincicome had the best round of the day, a 65.

Associated Press
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