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Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:35:02 GMT

Stadler claims clubhouse lead

Kevin Stadler claimed the clubhouse lead after carding a seven-under par 64 on the rain-hit first day of The Barclays.


Stadler claims clubhouse lead

Stadler claims clubhouse lead

Kevin Stadler claimed the clubhouse lead after carding a seven-under par 64 on the rain-hit first day of The Barclays.

The 33-year-old's round took nearly 11 hours to be completed after two long rain delays took more than six hours of scheduled play from the day.

Despite the stop-start nature of his round, Stadler kept his rhythm throughout and gained a narrow advantage over Ryan Palmer, Henrik Stenson and Camilo Villegas.

Villegas had reached eight-under par at one point during the round, but suffered two late bogeys to hand the advantage back to Sadler.

Not everyone finished their rounds, however, with Harris English the leading player that was still on the course when darkness fell.

He sat in tie for seventh place after making up four shots in his first six holes.

"I don't know what time we are going to start tomorrow," Stadler said on the PGA Tour website.

"It's going to be late, though, but (I) prefer to be on this side where we don't have a marathon day, but we only had to play 18 holes, so it won't take as big of a toll as the other guys, for sure."

Two shots behind the leader on five-under were Jason Day and Matt Kuchar, while Tiger Woods was one of six other players tied with English on four-under.

Although the world number one missed a relatively easy chance for birdie on the 13th, he made three birdies later in the round to close out with a 67.

"Tomorrow will be easy, we'll probably get in maybe six or nine holes, somewhere in there," Woods noted after his round.

"But Saturday is going to be the really long one, we are going to get in probably 27-plus, and then be fresh come Sunday."

Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters winner Adam Scott are among those yet to finish their first rounds.

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