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Golf: Woods in hunt as Stadler leads rain-hit Barclays

Published on Aug 23, 2013 11:41 AM
 
Kevin Stadler of the United States watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on Aug 22, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Stadler shone in the gloom of a storm-hit day, shooting a seven-under 64 to emerge the surprise clubhouse leader after the opening round of the Barclays tournament on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (REUTERS) - Unheralded American Kevin Stadler shone in the gloom of a storm-hit day, shooting a seven-under 64 to emerge the surprise clubhouse leader after the opening round of the Barclays tournament on Thursday.

World number one Tiger Woods lurked three strokes back, with the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs stalled for more than six hours by heavy lightning and two rain delays.

Some 63 players, including British Open winner Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott, were unable to complete their rounds and face an early start on Friday and another long day.

The 33-year-old Stadler, winless on the PGA Tour, made the most of his chances, however, registering seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Liberty National where bright sunshine eventually replaced the dark, stormy skies across the harbor from downtown Manhattan.

 
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