Plenty to smile about: Woodland fires 64, finishes before dark


JERSEY CITY, N.J. – In the Friday evening gloaming, it was difficult to decipher whether Gary Woodland was happier that he had posted a 7-under 64 to move into a share of the clubhouse lead at The Barclays, or that he had finished at all, completing his final hole underneath darkening skies.

“I feel ecstatic right now to be done,” he said. “It was a close call coming down the stretch if we would be able to finish. Luckily I played great today, gave myself a lot of opportunities, and I drove the ball phenomenally and rolled some putts in, especially late.”

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Just three weeks ago, Woodland completed a lengthy comeback from injury when he won the Reno-Tahoe Open. He’s now in contention for yet another title going into the weekend.

“I won a couple of weeks ago, which gave me a lot of momentum,' he said. 'I've been playing pretty good this year, just haven't broken through on the weekends. Right now, it's seeming to click and controlling the golf ball pretty well, and feel like I'm rolling the golf ball pretty well on the greens.”

At 9 under, Woodland shares the clubhouse lead with Webb Simpson, though each are currently one stroke behind Matt Kuchar, who still has five holes left to complete in his second round.