Hunter Mahan withstood a heat index of 109 degrees (43 Celsius) to shoot a 6-under 65 and take a two-stroke lead going into the third round of the AT&T National.
Mahan finished the second round at 7-under 135, while Tiger Woods shot a 3-under-par 68 to stand five back after 36 holes at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
“It wasn’t like a hard round,” Mahan told reporters yesterday. “I hit so many fairways and greens, I made it easy on myself. I put myself in some great spots to make putts.”
Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker each carded 2-under 69s to tie for second place at 5-under. They were joined by Robert Garrigus, who had a 4-under 67 in round two.
“I didn’t quite hit it as good today as I did yesterday, but got a lot out of the round, got pretty much everything out of the round I could have gotten out of it, lots of good up-and- downs, lots of good putts,” Walker said.
The National Weather Service said it will be sunny and hot today with a high near 99 degrees and heat index values as high as 104.
“You play well in the heat because you don’t think about it,” Garrigus said. “It’s one of those things where if you can just get past the fact you’re dripping sweat all over your golf ball, you can block it out.”
Woods is tied with first-round leader Bo Van Pelt, who posted a 2-over 73 for a 2-under-par 140 after two rounds. Charley Hoffman and Marc Leishman also are at 140.
“It was one of those days,” Woods said. “I was consistent most of the day. I made a couple good par saves at 13 and 14, and I made a big putt there at 16.”
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