Par for the Course

August 29, 2009 12:38 AM

Simpson leads? D'oh!!!!

No not that Simpson. Webb Simpson, a Wake Forrest alum who only turned pro last year, has parlayed 11 birdies and just three bogeys into a nice two-shot lead halfway through The Barclays.
Simpson, if the tournament were to end today, would go from 2900 points behind Tiger Woods all the way to only 600 points back in the chase for the FedEx Cup. Not bad considering Simpson entered this week 85th in the Cup standings.
But remember, we still have 36 holes to play and there is a lot that could happen between now and Sunday.
Speaking of the Cup chase, current second place occupant Steve Stricker is currently tied for sixth in the tournament, three shots clear of Woods, who continues to struggle with his putting. Stricker has shaved off 210 points of the nearly 1,300-point lead Woods started the week with and is looking to trim off even more by Sunday's final hole.
As expected, Lucas Glover (5th in FedEx) missed the cut and lost a lot of ground to Woods, as did Kenny Perry (4th in FedEx) who barely made the cut and is four shots back of Woods. Zach Johnson (3rd in FedEx) is keeping pace with Tiger at even par through 36 holes.
While moving up 10 spots despite shooting 1-over 72 for the round, Woods' continued woes with the flat blade must be a source of annoyance that the No. 1 player in the world must be getting tired of.
But he'll need to solve that problem, and fast, if he plans on collecting his second FedEx Cup title.

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