Ve­gas, Langley share sec­ond round lead at Green­brier Clas­sic

Tiger Woods makes cut

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Jhonat­tan Ve­gas hasn’t had much suc­cess since win­ning his sec­ond PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Green­brier Clas­sic could give him that needed boost.

Ve­gas shot a 5-un­der-par 65 to tie Scott Langley for the lead af­ter the sec­ond round Fri­day. They were at 9-un­der 131 on the Old White TPC course in West Vir­ginia.

Twenty-three golfers were within three shots of the lead, in­clud­ing seven at 8 un­der.

Ve­gas doesn’t have a top 10 fin­ish this sea­son, but he’s look­ing to change that. He made five birdies dur­ing a bo­gey-free round Fri­day, in­clud­ing two of his fi­nal three holes.

“I feel like I’m play­ing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all to­gether,’’ the Venezue­lan said. “But I’m stay­ing pa­tient and work­ing re­ally hard to make it hap­pen, and it’s com­ing to­gether.’’

Langley didn’t have the same birdie ex­plo­sion as he en­joyed in the first round, when he shot 62 to take the lead.

Start­ing his round on the back nine, Langley made back-to­back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 and shot 69.

“Fol­low­ing up a round of 62 is never su­per easy,’’ Langley said. “I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a lit­tle more as­sertive (Satur­day) on the greens.’’

Langley and Ve­gas had a chance to make noise last week at the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship. Langley was four strokes be­hind even­tual win­ner Bubba Wat­son en­ter­ing week­end play, while Ve­gas was six shots back.

Both faded in the fi­nal two rounds.

The top four fin­ish­ers at The Green­brier not pre­vi­ously el­i­gi­ble for the Bri­tish Open will earn spots next week at St. An­drews, pro­vided they are among the top 12 and ties.

“That’s one of the goals for the week,’’ Ve­gas said. “So we’re go­ing to try to go get it.’’

Tiger Woods made lit­tle progress af­ter a solid first round but avoided miss­ing con­sec­u­tive cuts for the first time as a pro. Woods shot 69 Fri­day and was at 5 un­der, four shots back.

Woods had more trou­ble reach­ing fair­ways on Fri­day. He found the wa­ter to the right on the par-5 17th for the sec­ond straight day, hit his golf bag with his driver in dis­gust, then nearly holed his 97-yard fourth shot and made par.

He sal­vaged his un­der-par round with a short birdie putt on the par-3 18th. He de­clined in­ter­views af­ter­ward.

Langley is look­ing to be­come the third per­son to be­come a first-time PGA Tour win­ner by win­ning The Green­brier in the tour­na­ment’s six-year history.

So, too, is David Hearn, who was among those in the group at 8 un­der. The Cana­dian from Brant­ford, Ont., is still look­ing for his first PGA Tour win in his 164th event. His best fin­ish was sec­ond at the 2013 John Deere Clas­sic.

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf ( left),’’ Hearn said. “I’m play­ing great right now and I look for­ward to the week­end.’’

Hearn birdied six of his first eight holes and shot 64. He and Jonathan Byrd were tied for the lead on the back nine be­fore late bo­geys slowed their mo­men­tum. Byrd shot 69 and also was at 8 un­der.

Sixty-seven golfers made the cut at 2 un­der. Michael Put­nam had an ea­gle and four birdies on the back nine to make the cut on the num­ber.

Steve Stricker missed only his third cut since 2010.

Heavy rains stopped play for 18 min­utes in the morn­ing. Oc­ca­sional thun­der­storms are forecast through the week­end.

AP PHOTO

Tiger Woods tees off from the 17th tee dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Green­brier Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment at the Green­brier Re­sort in White Sul­phur Springs, W.Va., Fri­day,

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