Garcia and Watney lead The Barclays, Woods lurks

Updated: August 25, 2012

Nick Watney and Sergio Garcia moved into a tie for the lead in Friday’s second round of the Barclays tournament in Farmingdale, New York, as Tiger Woods battled back pain to lurk just three shots off the pace.

American Watney fired a two-under-par 69 and Spaniard Garcia a 68 on the difficult, fast-running Bethpage Black layout to end a blustery afternoon at eight-under 134.

Fijian former world No 1 Vijay Singh, relishing being pain-free after three years of assorted health problems, was a further stroke back after carding a 67, level with American Bob Estes (66).

The ominous figure of Woods was at five under, the American world No 3 having recovered from a bogey-bogey start to shoot a 69 in pursuit of his fourth PGA Tour victory this year.

Overnight leader Padraig Harrington of Ireland endured a difficult day, bogeying five of his first eight holes on the way to a 75 and a three-under total.

PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy, the world No 1 who was grouped with Woods in a glamour pairing for the first two rounds, battled to a 73 to make the cut by just one shot.

The cut fell at one-over 143 with US Open champion Webb Simpson, 2003 US Open winner Jim Furyk andKeegan Bradley, who won his first major title at last year’s 2011 PGA Championship, among those failing to advance.