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Barnes sets 36-hole record

RICKY Barnes set the US Open 36-hole scoring record yesterday by finishing two trips around Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, in eight-under 132.

He completed his second round yesterday morning, making three birdies in nine holes for a 65.

The previous 36-hole record was 133, set by Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh at Olympia Fields in 2003.

"I'm in a good spot," Barnes said.

Barnes led Lucas Glover by one shot; Glover had a chance at matching the US Open and all-time major championship record with a 20-foot birdie putt on his final hole yesterday morning, only to leave it short and settle for a bogey-free 64.

"I'm very pleased," said Glover, who didn't even make the cut in any of his three previous US Open appearances. "Probably as good a round of golf as I've played."

First-round leader Mike Weir of Canada was two shots off Barnes' lead at six-under. A threesome of players, including David Duval, was tied for fourth at three-under through 36 holes.

"I'm just happy I've given them a good show so far," Duval said.

Tiger Woods was nowhere in sight on the leaderboard.

The defending champion and world No. 1 finally got to start his second round yesterday, after slogging his way to a 74 in his opening 18 holes. Woods lost four strokes in the final four holes he played on Friday morning, completing his opening round before sunshine arrived and conditions improved mightily.

By the time Woods got back on the course, he was 12 shots behind Barnes and likely needed a score somewhere around par to reach the third round -- whenever it gets played.

Woods was even-par through his first two holes yesterday, as the sun continued to shine on Bethpage.

It wasn't expected to last.

More rain was predicted to start falling sometime around midday, with up to 25 millimeters possible according to the National Weather Service. Much work has been done at Bethpage to get rid of the water that turned the park into a pool on Thursday, but any significant new rainfall would likely make the Black unplayable once again.


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