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|Colorado State and never left
Created May 17, 2012, 3:14 am, by jemmy
PARAMUS, N. Vincent Jackson Jersey.J. - Martin Laird suspected that four straight birdies early in the round and no bogeys had put him in the lead Saturday at The Barclays. When he finally glanced at a leaderboard, it gave him quite a jolt. And it had nothing to do with the size of his three-shot lead. The board occasionally shows the projected FedEx Cup standings. Laird, who started these playoffs at No. 95 and was hopeful of reaching the second round, saw his name at No. 1. "I didnt think Id come in here and move that much," Laird said after his 6-under 65. "I caught a glimpse of the projected FedEx Cup and I got a little shock." It was a not-so-subtle reminder that winning goes a long way in these playoffs, and Laird put himself in a great spot. He was at 12-under 201, three shots clear of Dustin Johnson and Jason Day with one round left at Ridgewood Country Club. A victory for the 27-year-old Scot would move him to No. 1, assuring him a spot in all four majors next year, and making him a serious contender for the US$10 million FedEx Cup payoff. Tiger Woods also has something at stake Sunday, but it most likely wont be a trophy. After missing only one fairway in each of the first two rounds, Woods hit his opening tee shot off the property and took triple bogey. He couldnt get those three shots back and shot 72, putting him nine shots behind. He needs a steady final round just to advance to second round next week outside Boston. For Johnson, who has found nothing but hard luck in the majors this year, it will be his second straight tournament playing in the final group. So much for that hangover from the PGA Championship, where he was penalized two shots on the final hole when he didnt realize he was in a bunker at Whistling Straits, knocking him out of a playoff. Johnson, struggling with a cold and his swing earlier in the week, began to hit his stride on a sunny day in northern New Jersey. On the 616-yard 13th hole, he blasted a 3-wood to about 15 feet for eagle, and added consecutive birdies a short time later on his way to a 64 that gave him a chance to win. "I definitely put myself into the hunt," Johnson said. The good news? Everyone knows what a bunker looks like at Ridgewood. Day remains in the hunt, too, although he didnt help himself on a day for scoring at Ridgewood. The 22-year-old Australian regained the lead by chipping for eagle on the short par-4 fifth hole, but he simply missed too many putts and struggled enough with his driver -- he hit only four fairways -- to give it away. Day made five bogeys, one of them on a par 5 on the back nine, and had to settle for a 70. "Just hit more fairways and Ill be able to set myself up better at making birdies," Day said. Adam Scott birdied the 18th hole for a 68 and was four shots behind. Calgarys Stephen Ames moved up the leaderboard after firing a 69. Hes nine shots back. On the day before European captain Colin Montgomerie announces his three captains picks, it might be pleasing to see a fellow Scot atop the leaderboard against such a strong field. Too bad its Laird, who played college golf at Colorado State and never left the American golf circuits. Plus, he has played so poorly all year that hes not even thinking about the Ryder Cup.