Tournament host Tiger Woods turned up the heat on defending champion Anthony Kim by taking the clubhouse lead in the second round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club today.
With big crowds turning out in the Washington DC area at the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, Woods followed yesterday’s six-under-par 64, his lowest opening round in two years, with a 66 on the par-70, 7,255-yard Blue Course in Bethesda, Maryland.
The five-birdie, one-bogey round took the world number one into the early second-round lead at 10 under par with Kim set for a start in the afternoon having shot a course-record, eight-under 62 in his first round.
Also going low in the morning was Australia’s Rod Pampling, whose 64 took him to nine under par, one behind the clubhouse lead, while US Open champion Lucas Glover followed an opening 69 by matching playing partner Woods with a 66 to take him to five under for the tournament.
Newly-turned professional Danny Lee of New Zealand was also enjoying his second round, three under for the day after 16 holes and five under for the week while American Ryan Palmer shot a 67 to get to four under.
Justin Rose of England began his afternoon round with a bogey at the par-three second hold to fall to two under after four holes having opened with a 67 with compatriot Brian Davis and Martin Laird of Scotland set to begin their second rounds at level par.
With the projected cut mark set at two over par, world number three Paul Casey was needing a good day to bounce back from an opening 75, as was fellow Englishman Greg Owen, on the same mark.