Scott takes aim at FedExCup 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.
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.
LPGALONDON, 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.