Scott grabs share of Barclays lead

Adam Scott is on course to defend his title at the Barclays after moving into a share of the lead with Cameron Tringale.

The Australian has been quiet on the course of late, forced to watch along with the rest of the golfing world as Rory McIlroy won everything in sight, but a secound-round 65 at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey on Friday has put him in pole position in the opening event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup play-offs.

Scott’s 65 came in spite of a number of missed putts. It could have been even better.

Asked to guess as to just how much lower he might have gone, the Aussie said candidly perhaps six or seven strokes.

“I mean, I played the par 5s one over today,” Scott said. “So I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10-footers it felt like. I could pick a lot of shots. I played pretty good tee to green today, especially out of the fairway. Hit it close. Proximity was where you want it to be.”

Scott’s iron play was imperious on Friday. He hit 14 approach shots inside 15 feet, and eight inside 10 feet.

“It just wasn’t my day today on the greens,” he said.

Since his last victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Scott stayed solid even though the victories stopped coming.

He decided he needed to be more aggressive.

“I’ve hit a lot of drivers out here today and yesterday and taken some lines across corners that I probably normally wouldn’t,” Scott said. “But I’m playing well, so why not?

“It’s been fun; I think letting the attitude relax a little bit is a way of having more fun out there.”

Scott leads alongside American Cameron Tringale, who added a 68 to his opening 66.

Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and Jim Furyk are one shot back on seven under, while Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els and Jason Day are among those on six under.

The likes of Paul Casey and Hunter Mahan follow on five under, while Rory McIlroy, fresh off a disappointing 74, roared back into contention with a 65 to lie on three under, five back.