Bubba Watson, momentarily distracted by a rare warning for taking too long to play a shot, recovered with a birdie on the 18th hole Friday for a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead in the PGA Tour's The Barclays in Edison, N.J.
Meantime, Jordan Spieth lost out on a chance to play the weekend, and he also lost his No. 1 ranking. Trying to rally to make the cut, Spieth hit into a hazard on the 12th hole, and a bogey later became a double bogey when he was penalized one shot for stepping on his ball during the search. He had a 73, the first time since the Tour Championship last year that he had consecutive rounds over par. He missed the cut by five shots. That means Rory McIlroy, who isn't playing this week, returns to No. 1.
Watson is in good shape through 36 holes to claim his own No. 1 ranking — a victory in this FedEx playoff opening event would move him to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
Watson was at 7-under 133.
British Open champion Zach Johnson made five birdies to go with four par-saving putts from outside 8 feet for a 65. He was one shot out of the lead, along with Henrik Stenson (66), Tony Finau (69) and Jason Dufner (68).
Tseng returns to prominence
Yani Tseng closed with an eagle and a birdie for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. Ranked No. 1 in the world for 109 weeks, the 26-year-old Taiwanese player has slipped to 75th and is winless in 85 events since the 2012 Kia Classic.
•Gene Sauers shot a 6-under 66 to tie Paul Goydos for the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. John Huston, the tournament winner four years ago, was a stroke back along with Ian Woosnam. John Cook was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Legendary Arbour dies
Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82.
Arbour had been in declining health, battling Parkinson's disease and dementia, and living in a long-term care facility in Florida.
Beginning in 1973-74, Arbour led the Isles to 15 playoff appearances and won 119 playoff games — an NHL record with one team — over 19 seasons. His 740 regular-season wins with the Islanders are the most with one NHL team.
"Al will always be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders President Garth Snow said.
Track and field
U.S. hurdler lands bronze
On a night when the United States was looking for five medals in the two sprint hurdle races at the world championships in Beijing, only Aries Merritt delivered — a bronze that should feel like gold.
Merritt, the world-record holder, will be flying home for a kidney transplant next week, but he still outperformed his teammates in the 110-meter hurdles final, challenging Sergei Shubenkov to the end but finishing behind the Russian and silver medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica.
In the women's 100 hurdles, the American team was thinking of a sweep, but 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson crashed in her heat and Kendra Harrison was disqualified after a false start.
Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands ran the fourth-fastest time in history to win the women's 200, finishing in 21.63 seconds.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Tony Stewart says he didn't see a young driver standing on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him. Stewart says in court papers filed Friday that he didn't realize Kevin Ward Jr. had been walking along the track after a crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014.
Olympics: A German sailor has fallen ill and is getting daily hospital treatment for several skin infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
College football: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said he has been treated for prostate cancer but has been given "a clean bill of health" and plans to maintain his regular coaching duties this season.
Tennis: Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova held off Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) and advanced to the Connecticut Open final.