Paramus, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale were able to break away from the pack Friday and they share the second-round lead heading into the weekend at The Barclays.
Scott posted a 6-under 65 on Friday to jump into a tie for first with Tringale, who fired a 3-under 68 at Ridgewood Country Club. The duo holds a 1- shot lead at 8-under 134 through 36 holes.
Since winning this event last year to kick off the FedExCup playoffs, Scott has one victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational earlier this year. Tringale, who disqualified himself from the PGA Championship last week, is still seeking his first win on the PGA Tour.
"I played pretty good tee-to-green today, especially out of the fairway," Scott said. "Hit it close. Proximity was where you want it to be."
Jim Furyk headlines a group of three players tied for third at minus-7. Furyk (69) was joined there by Kevin Chappell (67) and Brendon Todd (69).
First-round leader Bo Van Pelt settled for an even-par 71 on Friday and he remained at minus-6 through 36 holes. Along with Van Pelt, Henrik Stenson (64), Jason Day (64), Kevin Na (66), Ernie Els (68) and Russell Knox (69) are all tied for sixth.
Starting the day one shot back of the lead, Hunter Mahan (71), who is the only player to compete in all 29 FedExCup playoff events, is tied for 12th with Patrick Reed (66), Erik Compton (69) and Paul Casey (71) at 5-under.
Following a disappointing, 3-over 74 in the opening round, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, this year's Open Champion and PGA Championship winner, rebounded with a 6-under 65 to vault into a tie for 27th at 3-under 139.
On the front nine to start his day, Scott made his move up the leaderboard early with a birdie at No. 1. He gave that shot right back with a tough bogey at the par-5 third.
Following a par on No. 4, Scott rattled off four straight birdies from No. 5, finishing the run off with a 21-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth. Scott rounded out his front nine with a par on nine.
Two more pars preceded Scott's sixth birdie of the day at No. 12 when he stuck his approach to within seven feet. After five straight pars from 13, Scott stuck his approach a foot away from the hole on the par-4 18th. Scott kicked that in for his seventh birdie of the day to get to minus-8 with Tringale, who finished shortly before Scott on Friday.
"Obviously I'm trying hard all the time, but sometimes you've got to get out of your own way, even when you're trying to be aggressive," Scott said. "I've hit a lot of drivers out here today and yesterday and taken some lines across corners that I probably normally wouldn't. But I'm playing well, so why not."
Tringale, who started on the back nine, struggled to begin his day. After tripping to a bogey at the 10th, Tringale made a mess of the par-4 12th and made double-bogey.
It was smooth sailing from there for Tringale. After getting a shot back with a gain at No. 13, he poured in back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to go along with another birdie at 18.
Tringale made the turn with two pars from the first before making his fifth birdie of the day on three. Tringale's final birdie came at No. 7, when he drained a 12-foot putt to take the outright lead at the time.
"I got off to a slow start, bogeyed the 10th. Pin was all the way in the back and was tough. Doubled 12 and so kind of got behind the 8-ball early and just kind of kept my head up and kept playing," Tringale said. "I knew I was swinging well and if I gave myself some chances, I could make birdies. That's pretty much what I did."
McIlroy, who had three bogeys, a double-bogey and just one birdie on day one, did not card a single bogey on Friday. McIlroy made his move up the leaderboard with birdies at one, seven, nine, 12, 13 and 17 to get him into contention.
"The work that I did yesterday on the range really helped, just sort of got back into the rhythm and into the flow of things, and played the hole -- I don't think I missed a green on the front nine," McIlroy said. "I knew that my game was there and I just needed to take advantage of the chances I was giving myself."
NOTES: Scott has been unable to convert his last three 36-hole leads on tour into a win ... Tringale has a pair of fourth-place finishes this year at the Shell Houston Open and The Greenbrier Classic ... A total of 14 players between 101-125 in the FedExCup rankings, including Steve Stricker and Louis Oosthuizen, missed the cut, eliminating them from the playoffs ... With the cut falling at 1-over 143, a total of 79 players advanced to the weekend. Phil Mickelson (72) flirted with the cut line all day and narrowly made the cut at minus-1.