Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays.
Kuchar didn’t tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., and knew he had no chance to finish. He could barely see his ball cross the water and set up a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole that gave him the outright lead, and there was enough light coming from lower Manhattan across the Hudson River to hit his tee shot on the 14th. The horn sounded, and by then, he was ready to go home.
Kuchar was at 10-under par with five holes left and had to return Saturday morning to try to build on his one-stroke lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who both finished the second round in the rain-delayed tournament.
Simpson had to play 29 holes — 11 holes to finish his first round in the morning, followed by his second round — and he was ready to go more. He ran off six birdies over an eight-hole stretch and had a 5-under 66.
Woodland, one of the last players to finish at twilight Friday, birdied four of his last five holes for a 64 to join Simpson in the clubhouse at 9-under 133.
INBEE PARK SHARES FIRST
Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr at the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta.
Park had seven birdies and two bogeys at Royal Mayfair to match Kerr (66) at 8-under 132.
Angela Stanford (68) and Karine Icher (66) were a stroke back.
GARNETT TOPS WEB.COM
Bruce Garnett fired an 8-under 63 to grab the second-round lead at the Web.com Tour’s Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Garnett’s total of 12-under 130 leads a pack of six players by one shot.
Tour money leader Michael Putnam of University Place had a 5-under and was tied for 11th at 9 under — one shot better than former Washington Husky Alex Prugh.
Andrew Putnam, Michael’s brother, missed the cut at 2-under 140.
GONZALEZ LEADS EURO
Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez shot his second consecutive 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (66) at the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.