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Notes: Windy conditions could provide challenge during weekend play

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Notes: Windy conditions could provide challenge during weekend play

Ben Martin made birdies on his last two holes Friday to make the cut at the Cox Classic. Martin entered the week in second place on the tour's money list.

Could it be, wind all weekend long during a Cox Classic?

That's the forecast from Wes Hyduke, a meteorologist working for the Tour. Gusts of 25 to 30 mph Saturday afternoon could be followed on Sunday by those between 20 and 25 mph.

“The wind's going to blow, which is nice,'' said Andrew Loupe, who's one off the lead. “It will make things a lot more difficult.”

“It probably blew about 15 (mph) today and the course played a little tougher than yesterday. We were playing the ball down, too.”

Season over for Friesen

Steve Friesen, the ex-Husker from Lincoln, now living in Scottsdale, Ariz., missed the cut by eight strokes — ending his tour season — after shooting 75 in the second round. He was at even par after nine holes Friday but had three bogeys and a double bogey down the stretch.

Friesen said his family will stay around Lincoln for about a week before returning home. He wants to sort out his game in advance of next year's Tour, where he still can play resulting from winning in 2011 in Springfield, Mo.

Target, playoffs go away

The target has fallen off Michael Connell's back, which was the last thing he wanted. He came to Omaha as No. 75 on the money list — the cutoff for making the tour's new playoffs — only to have his season end Friday with a second-round 76. He took an 8 on the par-4 second hole.

Connell, coincidentally, also had been No. 100 on last year's money list — the minimum non-member players this year needed to become tour members.

Major winners leave early

It was an inglorious finish for 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton. He took a quintuple-bogey 9 on the ninth hole, finishing at 4 over, after he had been 2 under two holes earlier and still able to make the cut.

Lee Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open champion who turns 49 on Wednesday, also left early. He shot 72 Friday to end up 1 under for 36 holes.

Ex-champs 1-for-5 on cut

Jason Gore is the only past Cox Classic champion playing on the weekend. The 2005 winner is 6 under and six off the lead.

Missing the cut were Martin Piller (2011) and Mathew Goggin (1999) at 3 under, JJ Killeen (2010) at 1 under and Chris Smith (1997) at 3 over.

Chip shots

» With Ben Martin making birdies on his last two holes — on putts of 15 and 10 feet — to make the cut, he kept Michael Putnam waiting to claim the full PGA Tour exemption as the regular-season money leader. Chesson Hadley and Edward Loar, who also were mathematically alive for No. 1, missed the cut.

» Hadley will work for the Golf Channel during its 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. telecast Saturday as a co-commentator on the course with Kay Cockerill.

» Russell Knox, at 10 under, is the only player in the field not to make a bogey. He's birdied nine different holes, with the par-4 13th the only one he's birdied twice.

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