World No.2 Adam Scott is putting on a ball-striking clinic as he surges up the leaderboard into a share of top spot late in the second round of the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club.
Scott split a birdie and a bogey over his first three holes then found his groove, reeling off four straight birdies on holes five through eight to catapult to just one shot off the lead.
He could have easily carded eight straight after close chances on nine and 11 slid by while his long-range birdie putt on the 10th did a complete lap of the hole before somehow lipping out.
But after another close approach on the 12th the Queenslander made no mistake, brushing in the birdie to join the lead at seven-under.
He is joined at the top by American veteran and former US Open winner Jim Furyk who shot a three-under 69 and fellow Americans Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69), Hunter Mahan (13 holes) and Cameron Tringale (13 holes).
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson earlier made his move with a seven-under 64 to be six-under and now tied seventh.
Jason Day, on the back of five birdies in his last seven holes has pushed his way up to four-under and a tie for 12th as the next best Australian.
Like Scott, Day could have been even better with a more cooperative putter.
Steven Bowditch and John Senden sit reasonably placed at three-under with holes to play while Stuart Appleby has responded to being in a sudden death situation, four-under on his round through 10 holes to be two-under for the tournament.
Matt Jones shot his second consecutive 72 to drop to two-over for the tournament, in serious danger of missing the cut although he will survive to week two of the playoffs regardless.
Aaron Baddeley’s season appears over after he also finished at two-over, knowing he must make the cut to have any chance of moving on to next week.
With the cut line currently at one-over he will need the afternoon wave players to falter to survive. Robert Allenby (73), the last ranked player in the field, is definitely done for 2014 after finishing at four-over.
Geoff Ogilvy struggled to a 76 and will miss the cut and now faces a nervous wait over the weekend to see if he can hold on to one of the final spots in next weeks field.
Only the top 100 on the points list move on with Ogilvy currently projected to fall right around the bubble.