De Jonge and Haas share second-round lead

De Jonge and Haas share second-round lead

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Brendon de Jonge and Bill Haas share the second-round lead at the Viking Classic and both are also looking for a win.

The co-leaders are at 12-under 132 after both shot 66s on Friday.

Haas has one victory on the Tour and de Jonge is still looking for his first.

“I’ve been there late on Sunday several times this year,” de Jonge said. “Obviously, I haven’t been able to close the deal, but I’ve definitely had some very good opportunities this year.”

Haas, who won the Bob Hope Classic in a playoff earlier this year, said he would like to add to his experience as a victor.

“I played 160-something events probably, and I’ve won once,” Haas said. “I’m 1 for 160, if you look at it as winning and losing. But it’s difficult out here, so I’m lucky to have done it once.”

De Jonge made his 30th start this year at the Viking Classic. He has finished in the top 10 six times this year. He said his second round Friday was not perfect, but close enough.

“You never want to say it’s an easy round,” he said. “I felt like it could have been a couple better, but I’ll take 66 any time.”

Haas has found the Annandale course friendly in his past two starts here. He finished tied for third in 2007 and tied for fourth in 2008. He is 39 under in 10 rounds at the Viking Classic, all at par-or-better.

Haas credited his putting for keeping him out of trouble in his second consecutive 66 round.

“Yeah, I played solid,” Haas said. “I think I made about a 5-footer on hole No. 4. That’s about the longest putt I’ve had to save par.

“There’s easy holes out there, and there’s hard holes. You’ve got to make sure you par those hard holes.”

Haas said he was surprised at how well he was playing, having taken the past two weeks off.

Michael Allen, winless since joining the Tour in 1984, finished three strokes back after a 6-under 66. Allen is one of eight active players without a win. Nathan Green offset a bogey with five birdies for a 68 on the day, putting him at 9 under through two rounds.

Bill Lunde, who had a share of the first-round lead, shot a 70 to put him four strokes back, and Joe Durant’s round of 67 left him at 7 under.

The best rounds of the day were posted by Chris Stroud and Roland Thatcher, who shot 65s. Stroud was 6 under with five others, Thatcher was at 139.

The cut was at even-par and left 79 players in the field. A second cut will be made on Saturday when the tournament will try to get to the top 70 players.

Among the players not making the cut were David Duval, John Daly and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

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