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                     === Kuchar leads by 1 at Barclays ===
 
 Jersey  City,  NJ (Sports  Network) -  Matt Kuchar was  5-under par through 13
 holes  on  Friday when play at  The Barclays was  suspended for the day due to
 darkness.
 
 Kuchar  climbed to  10-under for the tournament and was one ahead of clubhouse
 leaders  Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland. Simpson used a 66 to move to minus-9,
 while Woodland fired a 7-under 64 on Friday.
 
 There  were  a  pair of  long  weather  delays  on  Thursday that  pushed  the
 tournament  back. The second round will resume on Saturday, and the tournament
 should be back on schedule by the end of the day Saturday.
 
 Keegan Bradley had the round of the day as he fired an 8-under 63 to jump into
 a  tie  for fourth  at 7-under-par 135.  He was joined  there by Rickie Fowler
 (64),  Adam  Scott (66)  and U.S.  Open champion Justin  Rose, who was 4-under
 through 14 holes of his second round.
 
 Freddie  Jacobson  (68), Sergio Garcia  (66) and David  Lynn (65) are tied for
 eighth at minus-6 at Liberty National Golf Club.
 
 Tiger Woods was 1-under par through 13 holes and stood at minus-5 overall when
 play was stopped for the day.
 
 Woods  birdied three of  the first five holes. He gave one shot back at seven,
 and  as he  made the  turn, it  looked as  though his  aching back  started to
 act up.
 
 The  five-time  winner this year  tripped to bogeys at  10 and 11, but bounced
 back  with a  birdie on the par-5 13th.  He hit his tee shot within 13 feet at
 the 14th just before play was stopped for the day.
 
 "I'm  a little sore right now, yeah," admitted Woods. "Tomorrow will be longer
 with  the early start  and then the repairing, but I don't think the wait will
 be too long tomorrow and we'll get back out there and finish it up."
 
 Defending  champion  Nick Watney (70) is  part of a  group tied for 24th at 4-
 under-par 138.
 
 Kuchar, the 2010 champion at Ridgewood, opened with five pars in a row. At the
 par-5  sixth, he  found the green in  two and 2-putted for birdie from 42 feet
 out.
 
 The 35-year-old rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the par-5 eighth, and came
 right back with a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 9 to get within one of the lead.
 
 Kuchar  drained a 21-footer for birdie at 10 to make it three in a row. At the
 13th, he 2-putted for birdie from 11 feet out to grab the lead at 10-under.
 
 Kuchar,  Woods and Brandt  Snedeker teed off at the par-3 14th just before the
 horn  blew to halt play for the day. They had the option to complete the hole,
 but all three decided to finish the hole on Saturday morning.
 
 "It was dark. It was a good thing to be able to stop now and come out tomorrow
 morning  and  conditions will hopefully  be really  good in the morning," said
 Kuchar.
 
 Simpson started his round on the 10th and dropped a shot there. He erased that
 mistake  with  a birdie on  the 14th,  then parred the  last four holes of his
 opening nine.
 
 The  2012 U.S. Open champion caught fire on the front nine. He converted back-
 to-back  birdie chances at  one and two before moving to 7-under with a birdie
 on the fourth.
 
 Simpson  drained three straight birdie efforts from the sixth to take the lead
 at  10-under. However, he  found water off the tee at the ninth, his last, and
 that led to a closing bogey.
 
 "A  lot of guys are playing good golf and my guess is at the end of two rounds
 I won't be leading because there are a lot of birdie holes," admitted Simpson,
 who played 29 holes on Friday.
 
 Woodland  also  played the  back nine  first on  Friday and  he started with a
 birdie on No. 10. He poured in three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 13th to
 jump to minus-6.
 
 The  Reno-Tahoe  winner stumbled to  a bogey at the  18th. Around the turn, he
 parred the first four holes before a hot closing stretch.
 
 Woodland birdied four of the last five holes to finish at 9-under.
 
 "I  played  well today. I drove  the ball well today  and gave myself a lot of
 opportunities,  got  some putts to  go in late,  so all in  all, it was a good
 day," Woodland said. "I got myself in position for the weekend."
 
 NOTES:  Three players  that  needed good  weeks  to move  on  in the  Playoffs
 withdrew  on  Friday: Ben  Crane (No. 125)  pulled out with  a bad back, Lucas
 Glover  (No.  107) withdrew with  a wrist injury and  No. 109 Justin Hicks was
 bothered by a hip-flexor ... The cut line will likely be even-par, and if that
 is  the  case Charlie Beljan, Charlie  Wi, Chez Reavie, Johnson Wagner, Steven
 Bowditch,  Jason Bohn,  Mark Wilson, D.H. Lee and Andres Romero would all miss
 the cut, and drop out of the Playoffs.
 
 
 
 08/23 21:32:21 ET

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