Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year -- a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.
Scott finished Friday with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under 65. He has a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey.
Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead, a group that included Rory McIlroy. The British Open and PGA champion was nine shots better than his opening round with a 65 at Ridgewood Country Club.
"It's a very bunched leader board," said McIlroy, at 3-under 139.
Scott, who won The Barclays a year ago at Liberty National, and Tringale were at 8-under 134. Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and Jim Furyk (69) were all one shot behind.
Phil Mickelson (72) took a bogey on the "five-and-dime" fifth hole, named because Byron Nelson always used a 5-iron and wedge.
Mickelson tried to drive the green, but his shot bounced into the grandstand, behind a row of seats on the thin carpet of the hospitality area. Instead of dropping into deep grass, he played it out of the bleachers. It went over the green and into a bunker.
"It wasn't hard to make contact. It was hard to get it to stop," said Mickelson, who made the cut on the number at 143.
He compared it with trying to hit a shot off the cart path, except the carpet "doesn't scrape up your club as much."
Seung-yul Noh made a bogey by playing off the wrong green -- except it turned into a triple bogey because he didn't know that he wasn't allowed to hit off the putting surface from a different hole. His tee shot on No. 11 was so far right that it landed on the third green. Noh took a divot off the green, and a rules official told him the rule, which comes with a two-shot penalty.
The top 100 from the FedEx Cup advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston, with the top 70 advancing to third event in Denver and the top 30 going to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million prize.
LPGA: So Yeon Ryu shot a 6-under 66 at the Canadian Women's Open to get to 15-under 129 at London Hunt in Ontario. She was five shots ahead of Na Yeon Choi (70), Anna Nordqvist (69) and Danielle Kang (68).
Champions: Mike Goodes had an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Mark Brooks at the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (Washington).