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Barclays Golf 2016: Friday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2016

Patrick Reed tees off from the first hole during the second round of The Barclays golf tournament in Farmingdale, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press

With two rounds of the Barclays in the books at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, Patrick Reed holds the 36-hole lead after posting a three-under 68 on Friday to bring his overall score to eight under par.

Reed has a two-stroke lead over a pair of golfers, Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Folwer.

Here is how the leaderboard is shaping up for Saturday's third round:

Reed shot out to a brilliant start Friday, reeling off four birdies on his first seven holes to quickly drop his overall score to nine under. 

He slowed down and collected a trio of bogeys on Nos. 8, 16 and 18 to hinder his day, although he did manage to birdie Nos. 13 and 17 to limit the damage.

The PGA Tour showed one of his finest shots of the day, a tee shot on No. 17 that helped him get back on track:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

... but this was better. #QuickHits https://t.co/wpwyiV1hOg

However, his two-stroke lead could have been a five-stroke lead had he kept his round clean.

Both Grillo and Fowler posted two-unders Friday to sink their respective scores to six under for the tournament.

Fowler managed to keep his scorecard clean in Round 2 but could muster only a pair of birdies on Nos. 2 and 7 to hop up just one spot on the leaderboard. 

Even when Bethpage's black course hit the hardest, though, Fowler showed he was able to scramble and avoid scores over par, via the PGA Tour:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Useful play there, @RickieFowler. #QuickHits https://t.co/CWB1wcn7j1

Grillo, on the other hand, had to make up for an opening double bogey on No. 10, which he managed to do with three straight birdies from Nos. 12 through 14.

World No. 3 Jordan Spieth hopped up 28 places into a tie for fifth with a four-under in the second round, putting him at four under for the tournament.

Starting on the back nine, Spieth's day began just like Grillo's, with a double bogey on No. 10, immediately creating a tough hill to climb on the difficult course. 

He finally gained a stroke back on No. 18 before heading to the front nine, where he caught fire. 

After a birdie on No. 2, Spieth dropped in an eagle on the par-five No. 4 to bring his score down into the red.

He used a precise second shot to get his ball from 194 yards out to within a few feet of the hole, creating an easy eagle putt, via the PGA Tour:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

194 yards to 2 feet. Jordan Spieth makes eagle. https://t.co/udoHJ6gcW8

Spieth followed that up with a pair of birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to end his day in style.

The PGA Tour broke down how good his short game was:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Jordan Spieth's short game? Superb. Fairways: 8/14 Greens: 11/18 Scrambling: 6/7 SG: Putting: 3.081 Round: 67 ⛳️ https://t.co/t5FiohDsmm

Among the three golfers with whom Spieth is tied, No. 1 Jason Day, who went one under Friday, is the most notable name. A promising day that saw five birdies on his first seven holes was ruined by a bogey and double bogey on Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. 

World No. 5 Rory McIlroy entered Friday at even par, just like Spieth, and looked as though he'd be close to the Texan after four birdies on his first 13 holes. But a pair of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 dropped him out of the top 10 and into a tie for 18th place. 

With the way the course is playing, it's imperative that golfers take advantage of the better scoring conditions on the front nine, because the final nine holes have been giving even the best golfers some problems.

In the final two rounds, look for the field to play more aggressively early on. Those who are able to record low scores on the front nine might go into a defensive mode on the back nine to preserve their places on the leaderboard.

              

Stats courtesy of the PGA Tour's official website.

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