Seven days ago, Sergio Garcia wasn't even sure whether he would be eligible to play in The Barclays for the start of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
Suddenly, he has a splendid view from the top.
Garcia took another important step toward recovering from a troublesome season Thursday with a 6-under 65 at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., for a share of the lead with Paul Goydos and Steve Marino.
"We're just looking forward to hopefully finishing the year well here, keep this good momentum going," said Garcia, who wasn't assured of making the 125-man field until his fourth-place finish last week.
Tiger Woods, playing The Barclays for the first time in six years, shot a 70, as did Phil Mickelson. Y.E. Yang, in his first tournament since taking down Woods at the PGA Championship, had a 71.
U.S. Amateur: The top seeds continue to fall at the U.S. Amateur in Tulsa, Okla. After two rounds Thursday, only one of the top 20 qualifiers is left among the eight golfers who'll play in the quarterfinals Friday.
Top-seeded Tim Jackson was toppled by Charlie Holland of Dallas in the stroke-play portion of the tournament.
Fourth-seeded Ben Martin beat Nico Geyger in the round of 16 Thursday afternoon and will join former Clemson teammate Phillip Mollica in the quarterfinals.
Dan Woltman, who played one season for Kentucky before transferring to Wisconsin, lost to Steve Ziegler in 22 holes in his afternoon match.
Johnnie Walker Championship: Paul Lawrie shot a bogey-free 67 in rainy conditions Thursday for a one-stroke lead at Gleneagles, Scotland. Defending champion Gregory Havret, Steven O'Hara, Wade Ormsby and Ake Nilsson were a shot back.