Barber grabs lead at Tour event


Blayne Barber's name is once again atop a Tour leaderboard, and this time it looks like there is no scorekeeping snafu around to derail him.

Barber shot a 4-under 67 Friday at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., and at 9-under 133 holds a share of the 36-hole lead at the News Sentinel Open. A former standout at Auburn, at this point he is arguably better known for his mistakes on the scorecard than his play on the golf course.

Last year, Barber gained notoriety after disqualifying himself from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, realizing well after the conclusion of first-stage play that he had incorrectly applied a penalty for removing a loose impediment. Earlier this month, the 23-year-old thought he was tied for second place through 36 holes of the Mylan Classic only to realize that he had signed for an incorrect score, turning in a score of 65 when he had in fact shot 66.

The effort this week in Knoxville is a timely one for Barber, who has three missed cuts, a tie for sixth and a notable disqualification among his five Tour starts this year. Beginning the week 151st on the season-long money list, Barber would gain significant traction from a high finish as he looks to crack the top 100 by season's end to qualify for the four-event Tour finals with a chance to earn playing privileges on the PGA Tour for the 2013-14 season.