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No warm fuzzies for Frazar's fall FedEx attempt

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EDISON, N.J. – When longtime PGA Tour veteran Harrison Frazar won his first career title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier this year, it was a popular victory amongst his peers.

They may not be so encouraging as he chases another FedEx-sponsored title.

Frazar opened with a bogey-free 7-under 64 at weather-delayed Barclays on Thursday to grab a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd and Vijay Singh.

Not that he was all that pleased with it.

“I didn't play that great,” said Frazar, who carded seven birdies and 11 pars. “I started out poorly. I hit a couple of really wild tee shots. … On the back nine, I really started hitting it well and I didn't putt as well on the back mine as I did the front, but you know, that's OK. I'm very happy and very pleased with my score. I feel like I kind of stole one today.”

Frazar entered the week at No. 61 on the FedEx Cup points list, but his ascension up the leaderboard already had him projected as the man atop the standings.

“A win this week, it gets me in Atlanta,” he said. “It would virtually lock up a very good opportunity to win the FedEx Cup, so that's the goal; that's the ultimate prize there at the end, so that's the focus here. I'm not here to try to just kind of skirt by and have fun.”