FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Patrick Reed, at eight under par, holds the lead for the second consecutive day at the Barclays, two strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo on Friday.
Reed, currently eighth in U.S. Ryder Cup points, shot a three-under 68 at Bethpage Black. He is making good on an effort to solidify his place before Ryder Cup qualifying ends after this tournament.
Rickie Fowler, 12th in U.S. Ryder Cup points and also fighting to be among the eight automatic qualifiers, remains in contention after a bogey-free two-under 69.
Jason Day, who said he was suffering from mild fatigue after the first round, recorded five birdies over his first seven holes. But the defending champion tacked on two bogeys and a double bogey and shot a one-under 70. He is tied with Jordan Spieth for fifth, four shot back of Reed. Spieth, the defending FedEx Cup champion, shot a four-under 67.
Rory McIlroy started his round with three birdies on the front nine, but ended up with two bogeys and another birdie on the back to finish at two-under 69. He is tied for 19th, six off the lead.
Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open champion, posted an even-par 71 to remain at one under along with Jim Furyk. Phil Mickelson will make the cut at one over following a two-over 73.
The cut was set at three under, eliminating Hideki Matsuyama (four over), Jimmy Walker (five over) and Graeme McDowell (six over) from weekend play.
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