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Frazar takes lead as focus turns to Irene
Harrison Frazar in the lead at Barclays, were the talk is about Irene
By The Associated Press

EDISON, N.J. (AP) ' Harrison Frazar has opened The Barclays with a 7-under 64. All anyone wanted to talk about was Irene.

The PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup got off a soggy start Thursday at Plainfield. Not only was there a rain delay of nearly three hours, the focus quickly shifted to how Hurricane Irene will affect the rest of the week.

Tour officials are waiting until Friday to see how the forecast shapes up before deciding what to do about the rest of the tournament. The notion of a 36-hole Saturday already has been ruled out.



Meanwhile, Frazar had a bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Jonathan Byrd. Of the early starters, 29 players shot in the 60s. Nick Watney, the No. 1 seed, opened with a 67.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

EDISON, N.J. (AP) ' Adam Scott and J.J. Henry got off to a good start. The same could not be said of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup on a water-logged course at The Barclays.

Scott made it through a wild nine holes Thursday in which he made only one par and still shot 31. Henry opened with five straight pars, followed by six consecutive birdies. He made bogey on his 12th hole to fall into a tie with Scott at 5 under.

That's as far as it got for the morning. The siren sounded because of dangerous weather in the area, and it began pouring an hour later. That led to a delay of 2 hours, 45 minutes before the early starters could even resume their round.

With scattered rain forecast, it was all but certain the first round could not be concluded Thursday.

And the worst of it might be coming because of Hurricane Irene. The forecast is for more rain to arrive Saturday and into Sunday. PGA Tour officials have not disclosed any options for trying to finish the tournament.

The top 100 from the 125 players who qualified for the playoffs will advance to the second tournament next week outside Boston, although that doesn't start until Friday because of its traditional Labor Day finish.

Among those who had not teed off include Luke Donald, who is trying to become the first player to win money titles on the PGA and European tours, and Phil Mickelson.

Nick Watney, the No. 1 seed, was even par through seven holes.

Scott had an ominous start when he three-putted from about 20 feet above the hole on No. 10, where he started his round. Then came a tee shot on the par-3 11th that rolled down a slope to 4 feet, the first of three straight birdies. He eagled the 16th and finished off the back nine with another birdie.

Henry got his round going on the 15th, and he holed a 25-foot birdie on the 17th to keep his birdie streak alive. He dropped a shot on the par-3 third hole by going just over the green into the deep rough and failing to get up and down.

Steve Stricker, who plays his best golf this time of the year, was at 3 under through seven holes.


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