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Scott Stallings has his work cut out for him if he hopes to play for the hometown crowd at next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. The Massachusetts native who hails from Worcester, some 45 miles up the interstate from TPC Boston in Norton, will start his second round of The Barclays on Friday one stroke south of the projected cut and right around the demarcation line for players who will advance to the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The top 100 in points will move on to next week’s FedEx Cup contest. Stallings, who began The Barclays  at No. 86, shot an opening-round 1-over 72, and with second-round play underway, his FedEx Cup spot was hovering between 99 and 101.

The Knoxville, Tenn., resident, who overcame a series of injuries to win the PGA Tour’s True South Classic in July, had Boston in his sights last year.

“[The FedEx Cup] is the tour’s Super Bowl,” Stallings told reporters prior to last year’s Deutsche Bank event. “[It’s] something that everyone has on their calendar and everyone would love the opportunity to win.”

Stallings will try, starting with a 12 noon ET tee time on Friday to make it to the next round.

Another Massachusetts golfer, James Driscoll, was also moving in the wrong direction. The 34-year-old from Brookline shot a 73 on Thursday to fall out of 115th place to 119 and looked more likely to be teeing it up with, rather than for, his Charles River Country Club cronies over Labor Day weekend.

At least one New Englander had already punched his ticket to the Deutsche Bank and likely beyond. Vermont’s Keegan Bradley got off to a lackluster even-par start at The Barclays, which knocked him down to 12th place from No. 8 in the points race. But his overall season-long performance, which includes a win at the Bridgestone Invitational earlier this month, ensured that the Hopkinton (Mass.) High grad had a chance to make up for last year’s missed cut at the Deutsche Bank.

 

Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer

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