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Vegas eyeing potential win, Open Championship berth

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Golf can be a perplexing game at times, but it starts to get a little easier when you give yourself a birdie putt on every single green.

Jhonattan Vegas did just that, hitting all 18 greens in regulation during the second round of The Greenbrier Classic. Vegas shot a 5-under 65, and at 9 under he shares the lead with Scott Langley at the halfway point.

“It was a solid round overall, from beginning to the end,” Vegas said. “Gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Vegas was bogey-free during the second round, and the Venezuelan has now dropped only two shots and missed three greens through 36 holes. While he shares the pole position heading into the weekend, the top 15 players are separated by only two shots.

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“Obviously there are a bunch of guys close, so I’ve just got to stick to what I’m doing,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together. But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

Vegas has only one top-25 finish in 21 starts this season, a T-11 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, and he earned his lone prior PGA Tour win at the 2011 Humana Challenge. While he would like to end that victory drought, Vegas is one of many players at or near the lead with an eye on earning one of the four Open Championship bids available this week.

“I’ve never been able to play the Open Championship, so especially being in St. Andrews, that’s even more special,” he said. “Definitely there, that’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”