Hunter Mahan tops field, Woods in contention
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 3:29p.m.
Tiger Woods clawed his way back into contention at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland shooting a three-under 68 giving him a two-under tally of 140 at the Congressional Country Club.
Fellow american Hunter Mahan holds the lead at seven under par going into the weekend. Tempratures soared beyond 100 degrees (37.7C) on the course as at least one golfer Chris Stroud required medical attention.
The former world number one started on the back nine of the tough layout and opened with six straight pars before eagling the par-five 16th by sinking a 40-foot putt and celebrating with a trademark fist pump. His excitement was tempered on the first where he carded a bogey five after finding the rough from the tee.
Despite a neat chip from the left rough rolling to six feet, Woods failed to save par. A birdie putt from a similar length on the fifth did find the center of the cup and then a precision wedge approach on the eighth to inside three feet allowed a tap-in birdie and a place inside the top 10 midway through the round.
Americans Rogert Garrigus and Jimmy Walker were two strokes behind Mahan along with South Africa's Brendon de Jong.
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