Madison: Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge fired six-under 66 for the second consecutive day to share a three-shot lead after two rounds of the PGA Viking Classic.
American Bill Haas, who claimed his first win earlier this year, also shot 66. De Jonge and Haas finished two rounds at 12-under-par 132.
De Jonge, who made his 30th start this year at the Viking Classic, never held a second-round lead before, although he has finished in the top 10 six times this year.
De Jonge, 36th on the PGA money list, is still looking for first victory.
He managed to get through the entire second round without a bogey at the Annandale Golf Club.
“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.”
Michael Allen also posted a 66 to move into a share of third place. He is tied with Nathan Green at minus-nine.
Bill Lunde is alone in fifth at eight-under-par 136 after carding a two-under 70 in the second round.
The cut line fell at even-par 144 with 79 players moving on to the weekend. Former winner Will Mackenzie (2008) made the cut on the number after stumbling to a 73 Friday.
Haas, who shot back-to-back bogey-free rounds, is playing remarkably well after taking two weeks off.
“There’s easy holes out there, and there’s hard holes. You’ve got to make sure you par those hard holes.”
Green offset a bogey with five birdies for a 68 on the day, putting him at nine under through two rounds.
The best rounds of the day were posted by Chris Stroud and Roland Thatcher, who shot 65s.