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Martin Laird grabs 3-stroke lead

Updated: August 29, 2010, 1:37 AM ET
Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Martin Laird suspected that four straight birdies early in the round and no bogeys had put him in the lead Saturday at The Barclays. When he finally glanced at a leaderboard, it gave him quite a jolt.

And it had nothing to do with the size of his three-shot lead.

The board occasionally shows the projected FedEx Cup standings. Laird, who started these playoffs at No. 95 and was hopeful of reaching the second round, saw his name at No. 1.

"I didn't think I'd come ...

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