Kuchar ahead at The Barlcays
Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays.
Kuchar didn't tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National 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 remaining and had to return Saturday morning in Jersey City, N.J., to hold his one-shot 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.
"It's much nicer when you're playing well to keep playing. And when you're playing well, you feel like you could play 40 holes in a day," Simpson said. "My main goal ... I just wanted to get done today. It just felt nice to putt out on 9, knowing that I've got tonight to sleep and catch up on rest."
Woodland was one of the last players to finish at twilight Friday, and he finished strong. Woodland, back on track after a win at the Reno-Tahoe Open three weeks ago, birdied four of his last five holes for a 64 to join Simpson in the clubhouse at 9-under 133.
"I feel ecstatic right now to be done," Woodland said. "It was a close call coming down the stretch if we would be able to finish. Luckily, I played great today, gave myself a lot of opportunities, and I drove the ball phenomenally and rolled some putts in, especially late."
As for Tiger Woods, he couldn't get off the course fast enough.
Woods challenged the target set by Simpson with three birdies in five holes — he was two shots behind — and he had a pair of par 5s in front of him. He failed to make birdie on either one, and made three bogeys out of the bunker through the 12th hole to fall off the pace. He made birdie on the 13th, the last hole he completed, but was still five shots behind Kuchar, who was in his group.
"I got off to a great start today and then lost it the middle part of the round and made too many mistakes," Woods said.
Phil Mickelson, trying to retool his game after his British Open win, had a 69 and was seven shots behind the clubhouse lead.
Some players' year is already over.
Ben Crane, after opening with a 67, had to withdraw with a lower back injury after playing just four holes of the second round. At No. 125 in the FedEx Cup, he won't be among the 100 players advancing to the second playoff event next week outside Boston.
Lucas Glover withdrew with a hand injury, ending his season.
The cut would not be made until Saturday morning, and Erik Compton needed two more rounds to try to qualify for the next tournament. He did his part, a birdie-birdie finish to get back to even-par 142. That was right on the line for making the cut.
■ Bart Bryant got off to a fast start in his bid to win consecutive Champions Tour events, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Wash. Bryant had eight birdies and two bogeys at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge five days after winning the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., for his first victory in his rookie season on the 50-and-over tour. Kentuckian Kenny Perry, No. 1 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, struggled to a 70.
■ Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 5-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr in the Canadian Women's Open at Edmonton, Alberta. Park, the South Korean star who swept the first three majors of the season, had seven birdies and two bogeys.
Pikeville's Walters named to golf hall
Bruce Walters, who has won more than 70 amateur tournaments and served as a board member of the Kentucky Golf Association for 35 years, will be inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame this fall.
The late James Kirchdorfer, a pioneer in golf course irrigation systems and a booster of junior golf, will also be inducted at a dinner at the Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort on a date to be determined.
Walter's career includes nine victories in the Governor's Open, he won the Paintsville Open in five different decades, and he's competed in the State Amateur 40 times. He has also won the John Owens KGA Player of the Year both as a regular golfer and a senior. Walters is also involved in the East Kentucky Junior Golf Tour and has been high school golf coach at Pikeville, his hometown.
Florida rules out top tailback for opener
No. 10 Florida won't have its top running back and best blocker in the season opener. Coach Will Muschamp ruled out running back Matt Jones and right guard Jon Halapio on Friday, saying neither will be ready to play next week against Toledo.
Jones has missed all of fall practice following an undisclosed viral infection. Muschamp said the sophomore will have more blood work done Monday to determine if his immune system is healthy enough to start practicing. Still, there's no timetable for his return.
"He will be out for Toledo," Muschamp said. "He's questionable from there on out, but he's doing very well. He's really progressing well. They're putting more on him each day as far as physical activity and lifting and different things."
Halapio, a senior, has started 27 consecutive games at right guard, the cornerstone of the team's rushing attack. He's been limited in camp because of a partially torn pectoral muscle.
Warriors add second Curry brother
Seth Curry will join older brother Stephen Curry with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors signed the undrafted former Duke guard to a non-guaranteed contract Friday. He will compete for a roster spot in training camp, which starts in late September. Curry was recovering from a right shin injury during the pre-draft process. He averaged 17.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting in his final season at Duke.
Women's soccer drops season opener
Wake Forest's women's soccer team, ranked 15th in the NSCAA Coaches' poll, defeated Kentucky 3-1 in the Cats' season opener at Winston-Salem, N.C. Jade Klump's first career goal came in the 37th minute and put Kentucky on the board first. But the Demon Deacons tied it with two minutes left in the first half and took the lead for good two minutes in to the second half.
Legends keep pace with Augusta
Hunter Dozier had four hits, Bubba Starling hit a 400-foot home run and starting pitcher Greg Billo threw five shutout innings as the Lexington Legends took a 4-3 win over the Greenville Drive on Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends remained 31/2 games behind Augusta in the South Atlantic League Southern Division standings. The GreenJackets defeated Hickory 10-9.
The last word
Michelle Wie missed the cut at the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open with rounds of 73 and 76. She won the 2010 tournament at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wie said afterward:
"I'm completely under the weather. I was struggling today, just could not get out of bed. I just felt really sick today, though that is no excuse. I'm going to take advantage of the two days I'm not playing, and just not leave my bed and just kind of sleep for 40 hours straight."