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2012 Barclays: Nick Watney Takes Early Lead

Golf is underway at Bethpage Black for the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and in the early going, Nick Watney has emerged as the early leader at 6-under.

Watney, who has played 15 holes, is ahead of a pack that's scoring well. Just behind him are Padraig Harrington and Gary Christian at 5-under, while a group of golfers including Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi are at 4-under. The pairing of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy isn't tearing up the field, but both are hanging around at 2-under.

A pair of payers with DC-area connections have begun their rounds as well: Johnson Wagner, who played at Virginia Tech, is at 1-under through 12 holes and Richmond native John Rollins, who went to VCU for college, is 1-over through 12.

For a complete scoreboard of the first round, check out Golf.com's leaderboard.

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