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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy put on a great show during Round 1 at the Barclays on Thursday.

But while their second rounds weren't as good collectively on Friday at Bethpage Black – Tiger continued to charge up the leaderboard, moving to 5 under, while Rory slipped a bit, falling back to even par – both played their way into the weekend.

Woods fought through a lower back injury to card a 2-under 69. He started his round with two straight bogeys and was in noticeable pain throughout the round – Tiger grimaced after shots and struggled reaching down for the ball after making putts – but bounced back with four birdies and no bogeys over his final 16 holes.

Woods said he woke up with discomfort in his back and it bothered him all round. He also said it is just pain and not an injury, and that he'll be ready for Saturday's round.

"Must have slept funny on it," Woods said. "Soft beds at the hotel and woke up this morning with it stiff and as I warmed up it got progressively worse and you saw what happened on the golf course.

"It hurt all day."

McIlroy made five bogeys en route to a 2-over 73. They both trail leaders Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney, who sit at 8 under.

See how Tiger's and Rory's rounds unfolded Friday, and also how others fared at Bethpage Black, with our shot-by-shot tracker below:

• • •

No. 18, par 4, 411 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 18: An odd finishing hole, with a fairway corseted by oceans of sand on both sides. Recovery from here all the way to the green would require extraordinary play. There’s an inviting large fairway up front that invites a layup. Beyond the pinched-in area 300 yards off the tee, the landing area bellows out again – though to what effect isn’t clear because the green is perched well above the fairway, and hitting it isn’t much easier with a wedge than with an 8-iron.

Off the tee: Tiger and Rory both hit irons and find the middle of the fairway about 170 yards out.

Approach shot: With a 7-iron, Tiger's ball hits the green, rolls just up to the back fringe and then trickles back to about 15 feet from the hole. Rory goes with 6-iron and gets it on the green, about 28 feet away. The two walk up the fairway like they have all tournament, smiling and sharing some laughs.

On the green: Tiger gives it a good roll, but his birdie putt catches the left edge and lips out. He taps in for par and then struggles yet again to reach down to pick the ball up out of the hole. Rory hits his birdie putt to about 2 feet and saves par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under for day; 5 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; even for tournament)

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No. 17, par 3, 207 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 17: Great theater here, thanks to a natural bowl-like setting that keeps spectators glued to the action from all directions. . . . The green here is elusive – an hourglass tipped on its side, pinched short and long with deep sand. There’s no getting away with a poorly struck shot here; it simply has to be flighted perfectly.

Off the tee: Tiger opts for 7-iron and with a slight breeze coming from the left, Tiger puts a good line on this one. It lands behind the front pin and rolls safely to the back of the green about 40 feet from the cup. Rory, who has left some iron shots short today, goes with 6-iron and sticks his shot about 22 feet past the hole. Great shot considering the hole location.

On the green: Tiger's putt doesn't break as much left as he thought and he misses right, leaving a 3 footer for par, which he makes. Rory misses just left and taps in for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under for day; 5 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley birdied No. 17, but then missed a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have moved him to the right side of the cutline, which is projected at 1 over still.

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No. 16, par 4, 490 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 16: This one plays down the same slope on which you just played up, though with more grace and elegance – enough to make you overlook that it’s basically a blind drive over a hill.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver and hammers it right up the middle of the fairway at one of the toughest to hit. He again winces in pain, even bends over a bit after impact. McIlroy overcooks his drive, sending it into the left rough.

Approach shot: From the middle of the fairway, Tiger hits 8-iron and finds the green. He'll have about a 27-footer for birdie. With the gallery ropes pulled back, Rory hits out of some tall grass and misses right, finding a greenside bunker.

Around the green: Rory calmly sticks his bunker shot to within 6 feet.

On the green: Tiger puts great speed on his birdie putt, but the ball settles just to the right of the cup. Tiger smiles and jokes with Zach Johnson after tapping in his putt for par. Rory then steps up to his par putt and misses right. He just didn't read it well and Rory ends up with bogey.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under for day; 5 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Shot of the day belongs to Roberto Castro, who just made a hole-in-one at the par-3 14th. That shot puts him back to even after he came into the day at 5 over.

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No. 15, par 4, 478 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: From the sublime to the ridiculous, this long, twisting uphill hole leads to a green that feels like its sliding off the hill. In a much-needed modification after 2009, Rees Jones “softened” the green by reducing some of its precipitous back-to-front contour. (See Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: Tiger takes 3-wood here and hammers it up the left side of the fairway. Likes it all the way. Meanwhile, McIlroy uses driver and finds the right rough.

Approach shot: McIlroy gauges it out of the rough and gets it on the green, about 40 feet past the hole. Tiger has just under 130 yards left and takes it right over the pin, but will have about 25 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger literally has to putt sideways because of the break, and comes within a half-inch of draining it, but runs it past by 4 feet instead. McIlroy also faces the same wacky putt, and sends it about 6 feet past. McIlroy drains his par putt, as does Tiger.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under for day; 5 under for tournament); McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney closed with a bogey at No. 18 to finish off a 2-under 69 and end the day at 8 under. Sergio Garcia is also at 8 under with one hole left. The cutline is currently projected at 1 over. Luke Donald (even) and Sean O'Hair (1 over) are among those inside of it. Those on the outside include Kevin Na, Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson – all of whom are finished at 2 over. Zach Johnson is also at 2 over and still on the course. Keegan Bradley is 3 over with two holes left.

• • •

No. 14, par 3, 161 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 14: A sublime sense of shifting rhythms presents itself here on Bethpage’s most delicate little hole. There’s great spectator viewing here at the most intimate scene on the golf course, thanks to a busy little green, well protected front right and side left a la the famed 11th at St. Andrews.

Off the tee: McIlroy looks disappointed in his shot, but still has about 18 feet for birdie. Tiger puts a really smooth swing on his tee ball and lands it just past the hole and will also have about 18 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger buries the putt, lifting his putter into the air at the end as he moves to 5 under. He has to gingerly bend down to the cup to retrieve his ball. The pain hasn't gone anywhere, he is just toughing it out. McIlroy's birdie attempt skirts by on the left and he taps in for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under for day; 5 under for tournament); McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney's bogey at No. 16 snapped a string of three straight birdies. Watney still leads at 9 under, but is just a shot ahead of second-place Sergio Garcia, who is 3 under through 15 holes and has worked his way to 8 under. Dustin Johnson has cracked the top 10 as well. Johnson is 1 under on the day and 5 under for the tournament.

• • •

No. 13, par 5, 608 yards

It's crucial to hit one of the narrowest fairways at Bethpage. For anyone who lays up, there’s a bunker 120 yards out that is more in play than it seems, because the fairway tips in its direction.

Off the tee: McIlroy gets a bit lucky off the tee, with the ball skirting through the rough and finding the right side of the fairway. Tiger isn't as fortunate, sending his ball up the left side and it finds a fairway bunker. Tiger will be forced to lay up.

Second shot: Tiger simply advances the ball down the left side of the fairway and sets up a wedge into the green. McIlroy goes after the green with his second and finds greenside rough.

Third shot: Tiger actually found some rough along the left and doesn't play enough club on his third and finds greenside rough. Will be a tough up and down to save par.

Around the green: Tiger plays an untraditional shot out of the rough, hitting it low and running into a bank in front of the green, and the ball comes to rest 2 feet in front of the cup. Beautiful shot. McIlroy - hitting his third - also plays a great chip to about a foot.

On the green: McIlroy taps in to get back in red figures, while Tiger caps off his nice up-and-down for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 12, par 4, 501 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 12: A massive cross bunker requiring a 265-yard carry is not as daunting here for The Barclays as it was back in 2002 during the U.S. Open, when players first confronted it.

Off the tee: McIlroy is starting to look comfortable again, hammering a drive up the right side. Tiger also takes driver and cuts the dogleg right, landing in the intermediate cut on the right. He actually yells at the ball instead of grabbing his back, the first time with driver in hand in quite a few holes.

Approach shot: McIlroy plays a nice ball to the right of the hole and it funnels to the back of the green and will have 20 feet for birdie. Tiger has just over 200 yards remaining and takes 5-iron, hitting the green on the right side, but it trickles into the intermediate cut and will have more than 50 feet for birdie.

On the green: Putting from downtown, Tiger pushes his putt about 4 feet past the hole. First tester for par since the opening two holes. He drains it for another par. McIlroy narrowly misses his birdie putt, leaving it about 3 inches to the right and taps in for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; Even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney has strung together three consecutive birdies at Nos. 13-15 to move to 10 under and two shots ahead of Sergio Garcia.

• • •

No. 11, par 4, 435 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: Another low-lying hole, but with enough of a turn to the left across a sea of sand splash on the tee shot to convey different lines of play. There’s not a big advantage to hitting a driver. At 290 yards out, the landing area is at its narrowest and most densely bunkered. (See Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: McIlroy hammers a driver down the left side of the fairway, while Tiger plays a low stinger with an iron up the right side. Tiger definitely looks to be in less pain with iron in hand.

Approach shot: A beautiful shot from Tiger from just outside 165 yards, nearly holing it, landing inches from the cup and rolling to about 10 feet behind the hole. McIlroy plays an even better shot, taking it past the hole and spinning it back to about 6 feet.

On the green: Caddie Joe Lacava says that Tiger's back tightened up on No. 2 or No. 3 and is playing through the pain. Tiger hits a nice putt, but it settles one ball outside the hole on the left and taps in for a par. McIlroy makes his to get back to even par for the tournament.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; Even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney has moved back to 9 under with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14, two shots clear of Vijay Singh and Bob Estes, who are both in the clubhouse.

• • •

No. 10, par 4, 502 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: There’s nothing complex about the calculus here, just two long straight shots on a low-lying hole. It’s tight off the tee and does not set up well to the eye, as it’s all set on the same flat horizon line.

Off the tee: McIlroy has the honors and sends his tee ball well to the right. Tiger drills his tee ball and blasts it up the middle of the fairway with driver, but winces in obvious pain. It does seem to be his back, although no announcements (obviously) have been made. Tiger can have a physiotherapist work on any issues he might be having physically, but none have been called as of yet.

Approach shot: From a fairway bunker, McIlroy takes 6-iron and goes well left of the green and into a greenside bunker. After a 322-yard bomb, Tiger finds the green, but doesn't like it, leaving himself 30 feet for birdie. The swing looked smooth and the frustration wasn't pain, but about the shot.

Around the green: McIlroy nearly holes out his bunker shot, hitting the lip and settling 8 inches away.

On the green: Tiger finds the right line, but leaves it about 3 inches short and taps in for a par. He turns his head in disgust, knowing he was close to cutting his deficit to two shots. McIlroy taps in for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (3 over for day; 1 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney's bogey at No. 12 has dropped him back into a four-way tie for the lead at 7 under. Vijay Singh and Bob Estes are also at 7 under, but finished for the day. Sergio Garcia is the fourth at 7 under. Sergio is 2 under through 11 holes today.

• • •

No. 9, par 4, 460 yards

It has been a rough stretch of holes for McIlroy, who has four bogeys and no birdies on Friday. He has dropped to T-84.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers another drive and doesn't reach for his back this time, powering it up the right side of the fairway. McIlroy also finds the fairway, sending his long poke up the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: From just under 165 yards, Tiger takes 8-iron and lands it pin-high, with the ball running out to less than 15 feet to the left of the hole. McIlroy follows suit, sitting about 18 feet from the cup.

On the green: McIlroy finally gets one back, draining his putt to make the turn on a positive note. Tiger hits it firmly, but runs it by on the right and taps in for a par. He slaps his putter, as he didn't see the late break at the hole. Still, after two bogeys to open the round, making the turn at 1 under on the day is a huge comeback.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under on day; 4 under for day); McIlroy (3 over on day; 1 over for day)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker worked his way up to 4 under with two birdies in his first seven holes. He did bogey No. 9 to drop back to 3 under, but a solid round so far for Strick.

• • •

No. 8, par 3, 210 yards

That's three birdies in four holes for Tiger, while McIlroy has three bogeys in his last five holes. From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: Good thing this downhill hole has the deepest green on the course: 46 yards. The play across the only water hazard on the layout requires a middle iron to a narrow putting surface that sits snugly between a slope of tall roughs and wildflowers on the right and two deep bunkers on the left. (See Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: Tiger takes 7-iron here (yes, 7-iron from 210 yards) and sticks in pin-high and 10 feet to the right. Beautiful shot for Tiger, even comes with a big smile. McIlroy also takes aim at the pin on the left, going just over the flag and giving himself about 18 feet for birdie.

On the green: After a long delay due to a search party for Zach Johnson's ball and then subsequent trip back to the tee when it wasn't found, McIlroy hits a horrible putt, sending it 10 feet past the hole. Tiger also hits his a bit firmly, with the ball sliding by on the right and settling 3 feet past. He makes it, but grimaces after picking up his ball out of the cup. McIlroy misses his par putt and three-putts for a bogey to fall outside the projected cut line.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (4 over for day; 2 over for tournament)

• • •

No. 7, par 5, 553 yards

From Bradley S. Klein on No. 7: What was one of the hardest greens to hit in regulation as a par 4 in the 2002 and '09 U.S. Opens will play to its normal designation as a par 5 for The Barclays and thus be among the easiest GIRs.

Off the tee: Tiger reaches for his back after hitting this tee ball with driver, finding the fairway, but he is definitely in pain. McIlroy also nails a driver and sends it about 10 yards past Tiger in the middle of the fairway.

Second shot: Tiger plays it way into the air with 7-iron and lands it just under pin-high and it runs out to about 25 feet, which he'll have for eagle. McIlroy tries to to attack the pin with a cut, but it doesn't come back enough and finds greenside rough and shortsides himself.

Around the green: McIlroy has to chop at his ball and sends it all the way across the green, looking at more than 50 feet back to the hole.

On the green: McIlroy gives his birdie attempt from the intermediate cut a nice whack, but runs it 6 feet past. Tiger doesn't hit it hard enough, leaving his eagle about 2 feet short and he taps that in for a birdie. McIlroy pushes his par putt to the right and picks up another bogey.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under for day; 4 under for tournament); McIlroy (3 over for day; 1 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney powers through a putt at No. 8 and falls back to 8 under, now one shot clear of the field. Watney is 2 under on his day, mostly due to an eagle at the par-5 4th hole. After a disappointing 1-over 72 on Thursday, Matt Kuchar is bouncing back today. He's at 2 under for the tournament and 3 under through seven holes today. He just eagled the par-5 seventh.

• • •

No. 6, par 4, 408 yards

That's back-to-back birdies from Tiger after back-to-back bogeys to start. From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 6: On this sharp dogleg leg, it's tempting to have a go at it off the tee because the left corner of the dogleg is protected by a bunker that requires “only” a 270-yard carry. But the temptation comes with considerable risk.

Off the tee: With no need to use any sort of wood, Tiger smacks a long iron up the left side and it runs out to the middle of the fairway. No sign of pain after that swing. McIlroy also finds the fairway with iron.

Approach shot: Tiger is about 20 yards ahead of McIlroy in the fairway. McIlroy doesn't like his shot immediately and it finds a bunker in the front of the green. Tiger uses pitching wedge from just over 165 yards and lands it nicely on the green, and will have about 15 feet for birdie.

Around the green: McIlroy blasts out of the bunker, but will have more than 12 feet left to save par.

On the green: Tiger gives it a firm rap, but it runs by on the right and he taps in for a par. Meanwhile, McIlroy doesn't read enough break and drops another shot with his second bogey.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even for day; 3 under for tournament); McIlroy (2 over for day; Even for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney has stretched his lead to two shots after a birdie at the par-5 seventh. Watney is 9 under and has really taken advantage of the par 5s so far this tournament (three birdies, one eagle, one par).

• • •

No. 5, par 4, 478 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 5: If golf strategy is all about diagonal lines of play, then this hole is the epitome of thoughtful play. A massive, gnarly bunker dotted with tall fescue and ryegrass flanks the right side of the landing area and requires a 290-yard carry to traverse. (See Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: Tiger winces after hitting this driver, sending the ball well left, although it finds a nice lie beyond the long stuff. The gallery trampling down the ground will help Tiger here. McIlroy gets a kick out of the rough and the ball finds the right side of the fairway.

Approach shot: Whether Tiger is injured or not (we cannot speculate at this point, as he is not limping down the fairway), he still faces a difficult second shot that will have to deal with a tree that protects the green. But he manages to muscle it up on the green and will have less than 20 feet for birdie. He does flex his knee after the shot, there is definitely something off. McIlroy comes up short of the green again, finding a greenside bunker.

Around the green: McIlroy plays a nice bunker shot from a buried lie and will have about 8 feet for par.

On the green: From trouble off the tee to a birdie for Tiger, as he drains his 20-footer to get back to even on the day and to 3 under for the tournament. McIlroy does make his 8-footer for a nice par save.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even for day; 3 under for tournament); McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Taking our first look at the projected cutline and right now, 1 over is the projected cut. Among the notables flirting with that line are Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Sean O'Hair and Bud Cauley at even; Keegan Bradley, Jonathan Byrd and Kyle Stanley at 1 over; and Webb SImpson, Jim Furyk, Ben Crane and Chad Campbell at 2 over. Also, Ryder Cup hopeful Padraig Harington, who is thought to need a win to earn a captain's pick onto the European squad, has four bogeys in his first six holes, dropping out of the lead and back to 3 under.

• • •

No. 4, par 5, 517 yards

Both Tiger and McIlroy have moved back to T-46 with sputtering starts. This par 5 could be a site for sore eyes, with eagle in play if accurate off the tee.

Off the tee: Despite a par at No. 3, Tiger has the honors and drills a driver, but it doesn't "bite" like he asks it too and runs into the right rough. McIlroy cuts over a pair of bunkers on the left and finds the fairway and should be able to attack the green from about 210 yards.

Second shot: From about 220 yards, Tiger has to lay up from the rough and puts it in the fairway, about 85 yards from the hole. McIlroy attacks the hole, but comes up short of the green and in the rough.

Third shot: Tiger takes a very aggressive line to the pin on the back of the green, and sticks in pin-high, but will have about 18 feet for birdie. McIlroy has to chip from under a tree and runs it 25 feet past the hole.

On the green: McIlroy puts up the hill, but leaves it about 18 inches short and taps in for a par. A bit deflating after a great tee ball. Meanwhile, Tiger gets a stroke back with a nice birdie putt, finding the line immediately.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 over for day; 2 under for tournament); McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 3, par 3, 230 yards

At the outset of this day, the cut and Tiger's name weren't even a consideration, but back-to-back bogeys to start the round has him headed to a flirtation with not playing the weekend. The group now moves to the toughest hole on the course through the first day and a half.

Off the tee: McIlroy doesn't play enough club here and comes up well short of the green and will have more than 65 feet to the hole. Tiger decides not to attack the pin that is tucked in the front, going well past it and will have more than 50 feet to the hole from the back fringe. He is 0-for-3 in greens in regulation on Friday.

Around the green: Tiger plays a very nice chip to tap-in range to potentially stop the early bleeding. Meanwhile, McIlroy chunks his chip shot and will have 15 feet for par.

On the green: McIlroy is aggressive with his par attempt, but sends it more than 2 feet past. He makes that for a bogey. Tiger does knock his in to stop his bogey streak.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 over for day; 1 under for tournament) McIlroy (1 over for day; 1 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 2, par 4, 389 yards

That early stumble is not the way that Tiger wanted to start his round, especially with some nice scores posted early on Friday. Tiger and Rory are both T-30 right now, with the cut line hovering around even par.

Off the tee: McIlroy uses less-than-driver here, but still cuts the corner at the dogleg left and will have only a little more than 100 yards into the green. Tiger glides his tee ball into the middle of the fairway and will have just over 125 yards into the green.

Approach shot: McIlroy hits a nice second shot and will have about 12 feet from under the hole for birdie, while Tiger hits another poor shot, leaving his approach short and in a greenside bunker. Looks like he didn't use the right club, not a mishit.

Around the green: Tiger has a very awkward stance in the bunker and simply has to hack at it. He gets it out, but goes well past the hole and nearly off the green.

On the green: Tiger has nearly 40 feet to save par, Tiger runs his par attempt about 5 feet past the hole. Tiger does drain that to start bogey-bogey, and is now seven shots off the lead. McIlroy misses out on his chance, motoring his birdie attempt nearly 3 feet past and settles for a par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 over for day; 1 under for tournament); McIlroy (Even for day; 2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The lead has changed again and this time its Nick Watney pulling out front. Watney just made eagle at the par-5 fourth o move to 2 under through four holes today and 8 under for the tournament. Lee Westwood has gotten off to a solid start. He's 3 under through four holes. He just eagled the par-5 fourth hole to move to 5 under on the tournament. Bob Estes closed with a bogey on No. 9 to fall back into a share of the lead with Vijay Singh at 7 under. Estes' 4-under 67 included six birdies and just one bogey. Padraig Harrington, who entered the day as the sole leader at 7 under, is 3 over on his round today.

• • •

No. 1, par 4, 430 yards

The temperatures are pretty steamy at Bethpage and Tiger has already worked up a sweat, and he has yet to tee off. He is wearing dark pants, a blue shirt, white hat and white shoes. As of now, the score to take a run at is 8 under, held by Bob Estes.

Off the tee: Both McIlroy and Tiger take driver, with McIlroy finding the left side of the fairway, while Tiger booms one and goes through the fairway and the crowd has to scurry around a bit.

Approach shot: From well left of the fairway, Tiger muscles it past the flag and into the rough at the back of the green, where he'll have about 55 feet to the hole. McIlroy also goes long, but manages to keep it just on the green and will have just under 25 feet for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger has to chip from behind the green and it runs about 8 feet past, setting up an early need for a par save.

On the green: McIlroy gives his birdie attempt a good run, but settles just outside a foot from the cup and settles for a two-putt par. Meanwhile, Tiger misses his par putt, sending it nearly 2 feet past and opens with a bogey.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 over; 2 under for tournament); McIlroy (Even for day; 2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bob Estes has vaulted into the lead at 8 under thanks two two straight birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. Estes has one hole left for the round and has made six birdies today.

• • •

Update #1: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Vijay Singh entered Friday's second round four shots back of leader Padraig Harrington. He then turned in a 4-under 67 to end the day at 7 under. And with Harrington opening his round this afternoon with a bogey to drop to 6 under, Singh is your leader. Some other notable rounds from this morning include Rickie Fowler (1-under 70, 5 under for the tournament), Brandt Snedeker (69, 3 under) and John Senden (68, 6 under). Carl Pettersson, Henrik Stenson and Fredrik Jacobson – all of Sweden – are almost done with impressive rounds today. Pettersson and Stenson are 5 under for the day while Jacobson is 4 under after entering the day at even. Bob Estes is also 4 under today and is one shot back of the lead at 6 under.

• • •

Padraig Harrington leads early assault on Barclays

PGA Tour players who had the morning draw in the opening FedEx Cup playoff tournament made that infamous sign at Bethpage Black totally unnecessary. Story.

• • •

Tiger Tracker: Round 1

Tiger Woods had the upper hand on Thursday, firing a 3-under 68 behind four birdies and a single bogey, while Rory McIlroy blitzed his first nine with four birdies, but a pair of bogeys on the incoming nine pushed him to a 2-under 69. Story.

• • •

Tiger Woods no lock for Player of the Year

Tiger Woods leads the PGA Tour in victories (three), scoring average (68.91) and FedEx Cup points, but he’s hardly a lock for Player of the Year entering the playoffs. Story.

• • •

Tiger vs. Rory takes centerstage at Barclays

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Tiger Woods was the top seed going into the playoffs. Now the focus returns to him. Story.

• • •

Notebook: Euros stick it out for FedEx Cup playoffs

While the European Tour hosts the Johnnie Walker, its stars have stayed in the U.S. to play The Barclays. Story.

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