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Tiger Woods trails Matt Kuchar by five strokes back at The Barclays

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods trailed Matt Kuchar for much of the day on Friday. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods trailed Matt Kuchar for much of the day on Friday. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods only completed 13 holes on Friday at The Barclays but he probably wishes he could have cut that number in half.

Woods was part of the afternoon wave, most of whom couldn't quite complete their rounds because of the darkness that settled over Jersey City at 8:45 p.m. local time.

Woods, who said after his round that his back hurt him all day, played his first six holes in 3 under and his last seven in 2 over, a stretch that included three bogeys in five holes. He did birdie his first par five of the week finally on No. 13 before the horn sounded.

Here's a look at Woods' incomplete third round scorecard:

It was a little odd to see Tiger grimace around the golf course all day -- multiple times he squatted to pick up his tee out of the ground like someone struggling to walk, much less play golf.

When asked after his round to clarify which shots his back hurt him on Woods curtly replied "all of them.

Still, Woods is in a good spot with five holes left in his second round and an entire third round to play on Saturday. He trails leader (and playing partner) Matt Kuchar by five with seven other golfers, including Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, and Keegan Bradley.

A pretty decent leaderboard.

Tiger still has to be the favorite though -- I do wonder however what his mindset is for this tournament. Obviously he's playing to win every time out but the bigger prize is on the horizon. $10 million awaits the winner of the FedEx Cup playoffs and pretty much all Woods has to do is survive the first three tournaments and win the Tour Championship.

With a gimpy back I wonder how easy he'll take it over the weekend.

The answer, as it usually is, is "probably not very easy."

But he certainly won't put $10 million at risk just to try and close The Barclays -- a tournament he's only played four times before.

It's something to keep an eye on as they tee it up early on Saturday morning and make the weekend cut. Which is, you know, just what Tiger needs: more eyes on his game.

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