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5 Things to watch this weekend at The Barclays

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 23, 2014 at 10:12 am •  Published: August 23, 2014
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PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major.

He's paying close attention to Rory McIlroy, the guy responsible for both.

"I'm not afraid to say that I look at the way he played and I want that to be me," Scott said Friday after a 6-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead with Cameron Tringale going into the weekend at The Barclays. "And I feel that I can play like that and have runs like that. You've got to learn from the best, and he's one of them. So look at what he's doing and the way he's going about it is important. Because it's relevant to the way we all play out here."

Scott did his part for at least one day at the FedEx Cup opener. He missed only two greens. He missed six putts inside 12 feet. And he still shot 65. Scott poured everything into the majors this year, and while he didn't do poorly — no worse than a tie for 15th in any of them — that didn't come close to stacking up with McIlroy winning the British Open and the PGA Championship within a month.

Now that the majors are over, Scott figures the last big trophy left is the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

He was tied with a player who has never finished better than third on the PGA Tour, which doesn't mean the weekend will be easy. There were three dozen players within five shots of the lead, and McIlroy was one of them.

Here are five things to look for on the weekend:

GREAT SCOTT: Scott won The Barclays a year ago on a different golf course — Liberty National. But he loves the classic, tree-lined courses in the area, and Ridgewood fits that bill. Scott called his 65 some of the best golf he has played all year from tee to green. "It just wasn't my day on the greens," he said.

If it sounds like he's being greedy, consider this: Scott shot 65 despite playing the par 5s in 1 over.

THE UNKNOWN: Maybe it's karma, but Tringale is tied for the lead just one week after calling to disqualify himself from the PGA Championship (he tied for 33rd) because he felt he should have taken an extra stroke on the 11th hole at Valhalla because of a whiffed 3-inch putt.

Tringale first thought his intent wasn't to take a stroke. Matt Jones brought it up in the scoring trailer. The more Tringale thought about it, he felt it was better to be disqualified than to have that in the back of his mind.

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