By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Hunter Haas and Kris Blanks will miss the remainder of the 2012 season due to injury.
Haas, who is 149th in the FedExCup standings, announced on Monday via Twitter that he’s undergoing hip surgery and will be “out till next year.”
The 35-year-old made 12 cuts in 24 starts with one top 10 this year. He last played in July at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he tied for 31st.
Blanks, meanwhile, is out with a shoulder injury. “Well it's official, I'm shutting it down for the rest of the season. Shoulder is still bothering me and I'm tired of hurting,” he said via Twitter.
The 39-year-old made just 11 cuts in 23 starts with only one finish in the top 25. He last played at last month’s John Deere Classic, where he missed the cut. It was his third missed cut in his last four starts.
Blanks, who is 138th in the FedExCup standings, was awaiting word Monday evening on whether or not he would need surgery.
EDISON, N.J. -- With Vijay Singh threatening to join Matt Kuchar in the lead at The Barclays, it's time to take a look at the bottom of the FedExCup standings.
Ben Crane currently sits at No. 100 -- which makes him the bubble boy for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. He shot 67 on Friday but is on the cut line at 3 under right now. If he doesn't get to play on Saturday, Crane, who has fallen 14 spots, will be anxiously checking his computer to see whether his travel plans have changed.
Crane isn't the only player in danger of leaving the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup early. Among them is Hunter Haas, currently projected at No. 101. He isn't helping his case on the course -- he's in danger of missing the cut at 1 under for the tournament through 13 holes.
Ernie Els, on the other hand, is on the upswing. The big South African, who added last week's Wyndham Championship to his schedule just to make the Playoffs, has finished two rounds at 5 under. He's currently No. 104 so he needs to play well on Saturday to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Bud Cauley made the most of his Viking Classic sponsor's exemption.
The 21-year-old shot rounds of 68-67-66-67 to get to 20 under par. He's currently in a tie for fourth with Hunter Haas, a shot behind the leaders.
Cauley was a junior at the University of Alabama last year, but decided to forgo his senior season and turned professional after qualifying for the U.S. Open.
"I made the decision to turn pro because I knew I could come out here and compete with these guys," he said. "Obviously, I've had a very good start, and I've been playing well. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the tournaments, you know, in the future, that I always knew I could do it, but now I think I've proved that I can come out here and play."
Cauley has made the cut in each of his three starts on TOUR, finishing tied 63rd at Congressional and tied for 24th at the Travelers Championship.
After a birdie on No. 16, Sunghoon Kang looked like he might pull away from the field at Annandale. He had eagled two par 5s, and had another par 5 to play, the 532-yard 18th. But Kang backed up with a bogey on the par-4 17th, and then drove his tee shot into the water on No. 18, leading to a par and a third-round 64. He is tied for the lead at 17 under with Chris Kirk, who is 7 under for his round.
Saturday's final group of Hunter Haas, Peter Lonard and Troy Matteson also failed to capitalize on their good position. The trio is stuck in neutral -- a combined 1 under on a day where players are going really low. Haas and Lonard are currently tied for sixth, while Matteson has fallen to all the way to 28th place.
Jim Renner, who began Round 3 in 45th place, has made eight birdies and an eagle for a bogey-free 62. His rounds of 69-69-62 are currently good for third place.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Last year, Bill Haas won the Viking Classic. Halfway through this year’s weather-plagued event, it’s Hunter Haas (no relation) who has a share of the top spot after a second-round 64.
With rain and lightning resulting in several delays Friday, the second round didn’t get completed until Saturday.
Weather, however, wasn’t an issue today and Haas, along with co-leader Peter Lonard, took advantage. Case in point: Haas hit every green in regulation.
“The greens are so good here, it's just a matter of getting in position and get the putter rolling,” said Haas, who leads the field in greens in regulation and has just one bogey through 36 holes.
Haas’ group was also put on the group during the round, though it clearly didn’t impact him.
“I birdied the last four on the clock,” Haas said. “Maybe I'll get put on the clock starting the third round.”
Lonard, meanwhile, is just happy to be playing after hip and knee surgery last year.
He also was on his way to this week’s Nationwide event when he got the call that he’d gotten into the Viking Classic. Lonard, who will turn 44 on Sunday, took advantage of the opportunity with a second-round 65.
How will he hold up the rest of the way on what’s already been a very long week?
“I'm pretty old, so I'm not sure,” Lonard said. “I will tell you by the end of the day I suppose.”