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Spieth misses Barclays cut, loses top ranking to McIlroy (Reuters)

Aug 27, 2015; Edison, NJ, USA;  Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot at the 7th hole during the first round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth's initial reign as world number one ended after two weeks when the 22-year-old American missed the cut at The Barclays on Friday. Spieth added a three-over 73 that included a one-stroke penalty for stepping on his ball in a hazard to his opening 74 to finish five shots from the cut, which was set at two over par at Plainfield Country Club.




Golf-Spieth misses Barclays cut, loses top ranking to McIlroy (Reuters)
By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth's initial reign as world number one ended after two weeks when the 22-year-old American missed the cut at The Barclays on Friday. Spieth added a three-over 73 that included a one-stroke penalty for stepping on his ball in a hazard to his opening 74 to finish five shots from the cut, which was set at two over par at Plainfield Country Club.

Watson takes 1-shot lead at Barclays as Spieth misses cut (The Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth yells after hitting his drive on the fifth tee into the crowd during the second round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend at The Barclays. Bubba Watson, momentarily distracted by a rare warning for taking too long to play a shot, recovered with a birdie on the 18th hole at Plainfield Country Club for a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. On an otherwise sleepy afternoon at a course where no one could get some separation, two peculiar moments stood out - a bad time for Watson, bad golf from Spieth.




Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic scores (Reuters)
Aug 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic at the par-70 course on Friday in Edison, New Jersey. The cut was set at 142. -7 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 65 68 -6 Jason Dufner (U.S.) 66 68 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 66 Tony Finau (U.S.) 65 69 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 69 65 -5 Jason Bohn (U.S.) 71 64 Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 65 70 -4 Spencer Levin (U.S.) 65 71 Jason Day (Australia) 68 68 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 68 68 Bae Sang-Moon (Korea) 69 67 Robert Streb (U.S.) 68 68 Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 68 68 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 69 67 -3 Cameron Tringale (U.S. ...

Watson takes one-shot 36-hole lead at The Barclays (Reuters)

Bubba Watson tees off at the 7th hole during the second round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two-times Masters champion Bubba Watson rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to claim a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of The Barclays on Friday, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Watson snapped a five-way tie for the lead with the birdie that gave him a two-under-par 68 at Plainfield Country Club for a seven-under 133 total. Missing the cut and relinquishing his world number one ranking was Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, who posted a three-over 73 for seven-over 147, five shots from the cut which was set at two over par.




Goydos, Sauers shoot 66, lead Dick's Sporting Goods Open (The Associated Press)

Paul Goydos chips to the first green during the final round of the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic golf tournament, Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Before Gene Sauers entered the interview room at En-Joie Golf Club, he grinned as he looked at his round details. ''I've always loved this course,'' Sauers said. Sauers shot a 6-under 66 to tie Paul Goydos for the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open.




A week after father's death, Ryan Palmer in contention (The Associated Press)
EDISON, N.J. (AP) -- In what is supposed to be a chaotic chase for big money in the FedEx Cup, Ryan Palmer is finding a small measure of solace on the golf course.

Presidents Cup must emulate Ryder: Price (Reuters)

International Team captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe carries a two-way radio during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013.  REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A points change for this year's Presidents Cup is "a move in a positive direction" but long-term the biennial team competition should mirror the format used at the Ryder Cup, says International captain Nick Price. Earlier this week, the PGA Tour announced that the total number of points on offer at the Presidents Cup will be reduced to 30 from 34 for this year's edition in South Korea, much closer to the 28-point tally competed for at the Ryder Cup. Three-times major winner Price, whose 12-man team will take on holders the United States at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Oct. 8-11, has long argued for a reduction in team matches to aid competitive balance.