Barnes leads by a stroke

American cards bogey-free round to edge ahead of Glover

Barnes, the 2002 US Amateur champion who posted an opening three-under 67 on Friday, came back on Saturday morning to birdie three of the nine holes he had left in his second round for eight-under-par 132 in the rain-marred championship.

Holder Tiger Woods, who shot a four-over 74 in Thursday's rain-suspended opening round at Bethpage Black, began his second round 12 shots back. Woods, who won the 2002 Open at Bethpage, parred his first hole.

Glover, who led by one shot when play was called off on Friday due to failing light, returned to birdie one of his five remaining holes and registered six-under 64 for 133.
Canadian Mike Weir, the 2003 US Masters winner who led the first round after his opening 64, posted 70 for 134.

A surprise fourth was Japan’s Azuma Yano (72-65) and he shared the place with David Duval (67-70) and Peter Hanson (66-71) at 137.

World number two Phil Mickelson finished a second-round 70 for 139, seven shots behind Barnes.

The other half of the 156-man field, including Woods, followed the earlier wave of players onto the course to begin their second round.

Meanwhile, Jeev Milkha Singh will need more than brilliant play and probably a prayer, too, as he gets off to the second round in search of a berth into the final two rounds.
Placed at 11-over after 24 holes, he was certain to miss the cut, but some of the bigger names, including Woods were also battling to make the cut -- with tournament seemingly dividing into two halves, the Lucky and Unlucky ones.

Stuck in a half, that has been labeled as the “Unlucky Half” Jeev and others, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and many others needed not just excellent play but also some great weather to help make progress in the tournament, as the tough Bethpage Black and more unpredicted weather have hit their half of the draw for a double whammy.

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