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July 16 2011

5:45 PM

Haas, Lonard share lead

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.”

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