2012 Barclays: Northern California Native Nick Watney Shares Lead Going Into Weekend

Sacramento native Nick Watney will enter Saturday's third round at The Barclays with a share of the 36-hole lead along with Sergio Garcia at 8-under for the tournament after a second round 69.

Lurking close behind is FedEx Cup points leader and world No. 3 Tiger Woods.

Watney's roller-coaster second round of 2-under included four bogeys, four birdies, and an eagle on the par 5 fourth to give him a share of the lead along with Garcia.

Woods was in obvious discomfort as he walked gingerly throughout the day and grimaced after several tee shots. He managed a 2-under 69 on the par 71 Black Course at Bethpage State Park that included two bogeys and four birdies on the day.

His playing partner, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, didn't fare as well and struggled to a 2-over 73 on the day. He would finish at even par through two rounds, narrowly making the cut, which was at +1.

Woods, the former world No. 1, battled lower-back issues throughout the day but managed to fight through the injury enough to remain within striking distance of the leaders.

Watney will tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET and will be paired with Sergio Garcia in the afternoon's final pairing in his quest to gain ground in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

For more on the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup and The Barclays, stay tuned to SB Nation's golf hub.

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