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PGA Tour rookie Webb Simpson defied difficult conditions to take the halfway lead of The Barclays at Liberty National.

PGA Tour rookie Webb Simpson defied difficult conditions in the second round of The Barclays at Liberty National to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage.
The 24-year-old American shot a three-under-par 68 to move to eight under, two clear of countrymen Steve Marino and Paul Goydos, who both settled for level par.
With tropical storm Danny affecting the east cost of the US, most players struggled, but for Simpson it was a welcome return to form after missing 10 of his last 19 cuts, having begun his PGA Tour career with two top-10 finishes.
Fredrik Jacobson and Heath Slocum tied for fourth at four-under while England’s Ian Poulter led the clubhouse for much of the day on three-under despite only managing a one-over-par 72.
That was the same mark as Steve Stricker and Richard S Johnson, with Ernie Els one further back after an impressive 68, the joint best round of the day with Simpson.
Sergio Garcia had a day to forget after his 65 in round one, the Spaniard dropping to a tie for 11th after a 76.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington also struggled, a 75 leaving him on level par heading into the weekend, the same score as Englishman Luke Donald, whose 69 was one of only four under 70, and world number one Tiger Woods.
Justin Rose’s 72 ensured he made the cut, which should be enough to earn him a spot at next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
“I was in a precarious situation this week,” said the Englishman. “Miss the cut and I don’t advance. Make the cut and I’m pretty much assured.
“It was brutally hard. I played out of my skin today… I played as good as I can for one-over.”
Defending champion Vijay Singh was an early casualty, though, the Fijian shooting a second successive 75 to miss the cut by three.
Singh is a four-time Barclays champion, with wins at Liberty National and Boston last year earning him the FedExCup title.
Meanwhile, because of the threat of heavy rain from the remnants of the tropical storm, the start of the third round has been delayed until 10.30am local time.
All the second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour The Barclays, Liberty National, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America.
(USA unless stated, par 71):

134 Webb Simpson 66 68
136 Steve Marino 65 71, Paul Goydos 65 71
138 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 66 72, Heath Slocum 66 72
139 Steve Stricker 69 70, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 68 71, Ian Poulter (Eng) 67 72
140 Charley Hoffman 66 74, Ernie Els (Rsa) 72 68
141 D.A. Points 70 71, Nick Watney 68 73, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 68 73, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 65 76, Matt Kuchar 68 73, Tim Clark (Rsa) 71 70
142 Tiger Woods 70 72, Zach Johnson 70 72, Brian Gay 70 72, David Toms 67 75, Stewart Cink 70 72, Bill Haas 72 70, Jim Furyk 69 73, Mike Weir (Can) 71 71, Cameron Beckman 70 72, Luke Donald (Eng) 73 69, Troy Matteson 71 71, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 67 75
143 Bill Lunde 70 73, Jeff Overton 72 71, Lee Janzen 68 75, Alex Cejka (Ger) 71 72, Jason Day (Aus) 70 73, Justin Leonard 68 75, Robert Allenby (Aus) 68 75, Scott Verplank 73 70, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 71 72
144 Hunter Mahan 72 72, Dustin Johnson 70 74, John Rollins 71 73, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 70 74, Bo Van Pelt 70 74, Harrison Frazar 73 71
145 John Senden (Aus) 72 73, Davis Love III 70 75, Joe Ogilvie 73 72, Kevin Sutherland 69 76, Todd Hamilton 71 74, Greg Owen (Eng) 71 74, Kevin Na 73 72, Phil Mickelson 70 75, J J Henry 72 73, Justin Rose (Eng) 73 72, Tim Petrovic 69 76, Boo Weekley 75 70
146 Jerry Kelly 72 74, James Nitties (Aus) 71 75, John Mallinger 74 72, Kevin Streelman 68 78, Charles Howell III 76 70, Kenny Perry 71 75, Charlie Wi (Kor) 73 73, Anthony Kim 75 71, J.B. Holmes 73 73, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 77 69, Jonathan Byrd 72 74, Ryan Moore 68 78
147 Chris Riley 72 75, Adam Scott (Aus) 75 72, Vaughn Taylor 71 76, Mark Wilson 72 75, Fred Couples 71 76, Bob Estes 73 74, Ben Crane 74 73, Chad Campbell 72 75, Brett Quigley 70 77, Brandt Snedeker 72 75
——————-The following players failed to make the cut——————–
148 George McNeill 72 76, Nathan Green (Aus) 71 77, Mark Calcavecchia 69 79, John Merrick 68 80, Steve Flesch 72 76, Bubba Watson 74 74, Matt Bettencourt 77 71, Jason Bohn 74 74
149 Scott McCarron 76 73, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 76 73, K J Choi (Kor) 73 76, Bryce Molder 75 74, Stephen Ames (Can) 70 79
150 Robert Garrigus 75 75, Jason Dufner 73 77, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 73 77, James Driscoll 74 76, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 72 78, Vijay Singh (Fij) 75 75, Kevin Stadler 76 74, Jeff Maggert 71 79, Briny Baird 75 75, D.J. Trahan 76 74
151 Jeff Klauk 74 77, Brian Davis (Eng) 73 78, Pat Perez 71 80, Marc Leishman (Aus) 74 77
152 Michael Allen 75 77, Tim Herron 76 76, Woody Austin 76 76, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 72 80
153 Ted Purdy 75 78, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 76 77
154 Sean O’Hair 77 77, David Mathis 79 75, Scott Piercy 76 78
156 Lucas Glover 75 81, Jeff Quinney 78 78, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 74 82, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 78 78
157 Chris DiMarco 77 80
158 Roland Thatcher 79 79
159 Ben Curtis 75 84
WD: Michael Letzig 69, Camilo Villegas (Col) 75, Chris Stroud 77, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 78
DQ: 148 Steve Flesch 72 76

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