GREENSBORO Tim Herron woke up Friday thinking it might be a short work week.
And the FedEx Cup playoffs? Forget it. Gone.
But a 9-under 61 in Friday’s second round of the Wyndham Championship changed everything. Rebounding from a first-day 76, Herron was at 3-under 137, made the cut and still has a chance of slipping into the big-money playoffs that begin next week.
Herron is 139th in the FedEx standings and the top 125 players qualify for the playoffs. He can make it with a top-10 finish at Sedgefield.
“It’s amazing how this game can tease you,” Herron said. “You want to pack it in, shoot 61, and you don’t know what to do.”
Hot Haas: Bill Haas, who had a second-round 65, created an early stir Friday with back-to-back eagles.
Starting his round at the 10th hole, the former Wake Forest star holed out a 7-iron approach from 175 yards at the par-4 14th hole. He then reached the green in two at the par-5 15th and holed the putt, and also birdied the 17th to go 5-under for the round through eight holes.
“I was kinda thinking something really good,” Haas said. “Even par on the last 10 (holes) maybe is a little bit frustrating but overall it’s nice to shoot a good number.”
English lesson: Harris English, 23, is a PGA Tour rookie learning the ropes. The former Georgia All-America has been in contention a few times this year and tied for fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
His game plan for the weekend: “Don’t get ahead of myself. Some bad stuff happens.”
Tropical impression: Fans attending Saturday’s round can win a vacation trip from Wyndham in the inaugural Tropical Wear Contest. Beach hats, sandals, scuba gear, grass skirts ... almost any attire is acceptable (no thong bikinis, though).
Tournament officials will be on the course looking for candidates, and three vacation prizes will be awarded. And, no, John Daly is not eligible.
New setup: The 2013 Wyndham Championship will be the final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, and also will help set the field for the start of a three-tournament series to determine 50 PGA Tour cards for the 2013-2014 wraparound season.
The top 125 players in FedEx points will advance to the playoffs. Those finishing Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour money list or FedEx points list will join the top 75 money-winners from the Web.com Tour in the series to determine the PGA Tour cards.
The Qualifying Tournament (or Q-School) will determine those advancing to the Web.com Tour.