Not even Mother Nature could keep the FedEx Cup Playoffs from getting underway at The Barclays this week. She did, however, keep the first round from getting completed on time. There were several re-starts throughout the first round that caused extensive delays. Most of the afternoon wave of golfers didn’t even get to finish half of the first round.
As part of the morning wave, Kevin Stadler was hot out of the gate, firing a seven under par 67 – his lowest round since February. Thanks to a clean card and seven birdies, Stadler is the leader in clubhouse but he’s not guaranteed the first round lead. Harris English, four under par after six holes, has the best chance of catching him but there are several golfers that are under par that haven’t even made the turn as of yet.
The weather wreaked havoc on the first round at Liberty National Golf Club. Some players only managed to complete two holes before play was suspended for the day. That is going to make for an incredibly long Friday. It’s not as if it’s something to which the players are unaccustomed, however. Stadler offered his thoughts on staying prepared during weather extensive weather delays. “I’m never really mentally prepared. Same as usual. It was all good,” he said.
Even if he doesn’t hold the lead after the first round finally comes to a conclusion, Stadler is a step ahead of much of the field as he only has to get in 18 holes tomorrow. Currently ranked 87th in the standings, Stadler needs a solid outing this week to ensure his place in the second leg of the playoffs.