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De Jonge, in the hunt again, positions for win

MADISON, Miss. — Brendon de Jonge used a fast early start to shoot his second straight 66 on Friday then sat back and waited to see whether anyone could catch him.

Bill Haas answered the challenge with his second straight 66, joining de Jonge at 12-under 132 after two rounds of the PGA Tour's Viking Classic.

Neither had a bogey at Annandale Golf Club.

De Jonge, who made his 30th start this year, never held a second-round lead before. He has finished in the top 10 six times this year. He said his second round 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."

De Jonge, 36th on the PGA money list, is looking for his first victory.

"I've been there late on Sunday several times this year," he said. "Obviously, I haven't been able to close the deal."

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

Michael Allen (66), winless since joining the tour in 1984, was three strokes back in second with Nathan Green (68). Allen is one of eight active players without a win.

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

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

Champions: Peter Senior eagled the final hole for 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic in Conover, N.C. The 51-year-old Australian eagled the 18th hole in windy conditions at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa to take his first lead on the tour. The players had the option to lift, clean and place, a result of five straight days of rain that soaked the course. More than half of the 78-player field shot below par.

De Jonge, in the hunt again, positions for win 10/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 10:53pm]
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