Stress-free Levin shares early Barclays lead

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EDISON, N.J. – Last Friday, Spencer Levin shrugged when asked about the building pressure of his position on the FedEx Cup point list.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” he said.

Turns out, that wasn’t exactly the case, but then Levin’s subterfuge was more for his own benefit than it was for the media.

“It's kind of nice I didn’t feel so much pressure as last week. I felt kind of relieved,” he said of his opening round on Thursday at The Barclays, where he shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the early lead.

Last week, Levin began the week at the Wyndham Championship 122nd on the point list. He closed with a 63 to tie for 18th and move to 115th, safely into the top 125 and the first playoff event this week at Plainfield Country Club.

This week, as he admitted, the stress is far less severe, with a trip to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, to which the top 100 advance, hanging in the balance - but not his job.

“This is a nice stress to have. It's a lot better than having to go back to Q-School,” he smiled.