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Watson One Clear in New Jersey

Bubba Watson birdied the last to move one shot clear of the field at the halfway stage at The Barclays in New Jersey.

The world number four carded a round of 68 to move onto seven-under-par for the championship, although the American did not enjoy the smoothest of rounds after being warned for slow play at the difficult 16th hole.

The 36-year-old is one shot clear of Henrik Stenson, Tony Finau, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson going into the weekend’s action and he admitted he is excited about the prospect of being in the final group on Saturday.

He told reporters: “I’m very happy about my round. I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

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The big hitter also confirmed he had accepted his warning for slow play, but he felt that a little more discretion may be in order on a hole with such a difficult pin position.

He continued: “I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time. I went over the time, which is the right ruling. It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

Victory at the Plainfield Country Club would see Watson move to the top of the FedEx Cup standings as he aims to secure his third victory of the season following his success at the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Travelers Championship.

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