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Tournament host Tiger Woods took charge at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on Friday.

Tournament host Tiger Woods took charge at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on Friday but a back-nine collapse put paid to Paul Casey’s hopes of competing over the weekend.
With big crowds turning out in the Washington DC area at the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, Woods followed Thursday’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 an early second-round lead at 10 under par and he held on to it after overnight leader Anthony Kim failed to build on his course record, eight-under 62 in the first round.
The leader, though, was far from happy with his day’s work.
“I didn’t drive the ball as well as I did yesterday or hit my irons as crisp,” Woods said.
“Either I hit it pretty close to the hole, within 10 feet, or I was missing greens. So it was a little bit of two ends today.
“It was nice to actually get a score out of it. I didn’t shoot myself in the foot and had a stretch there from basically 17 through three where I didn’t really hit the ball all that well but somehow was able to get through it and keep the momentum of the round going.”
Kim had got to 10 under after eight holes before three bogeys undermined his good work. A birdie at the 16th, though left him with a level-par 70 to finish two strokes behind Woods in third place, one behind Australia’s Rod Pampling, who posted a 64 to move to nine under par.
Kim was happy to have remained in the hunt after surviving a tough round.
“It was a grind, possibly one of the toughest ball-striking days I’ve had in a long time, even with all my injuries (this year) and I feel good,” Kim said.
“I stayed positive and made a couple of key putts to keep me in it so it’s not so bad to be third after a rough day.”
Jim Furyk shot a 67 to move into fourth place at seven under with Americans Bryce Molder and DA Points both shooting level 70s and Sweden’s Daniel Chopra carding a 68 to take a share of fifth place at six under.
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, where newly turned professional Danny Lee of New Zealand was among those joining him following a 67.
England’s Casey had seemed set fair to make the halfway cut despite an opening 75 after sinking five birdies on his front nine to get to level for the week.
There was trouble ahead for the world number three, a three-time winner this year, who went into freefall after turning for home, dropping four shots over the next six holes before a birdie at the par-five 16th, only to erase that with a bogey five at the last to finish a 69, four over for the week, and two shots off the cut.
Fellow Englishman Greg Owen also made an early exit after a 72 left him at seven over but Brian Davis squeaked into the weekend on the cut mark at two over and Justin Rose followed an opening 67 with a 71 to fall back to two under.
Scotland’s Martin Laird was heading for his first taste of third-round action since May at the Byron Nelson Championship after a 71 left the US-based Glaswegian at one over par with Laird leading the tournament in driving accuracy, finding Congressional’s fairways 96.43% of the time over the opening two days.

Collated second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour AT&T National, Congressional G & CC, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America
(USA unless stated, par 70):

130 Tiger Woods 64 66
131 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 67 64
132 Anthony Kim 62 70
133 Jim Furyk 66 67
134 D.A. Points 64 70, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 66 68, Bryce Molder 64 70
135 Danny Lee (Nzl) 68 67, Cameron Beckman 68 67, Lucas Glover 69 66, Ryan Moore 69 66, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 66 69
136 George McNeill 70 66, Michael Allen 67 69, Davis Love III 69 67, Ryan Palmer 69 67, Boo Weekley 67 69
137 Scott McCarron 72 65, Cliff Kresge 70 67, Kevin Streelman 70 67, Mark Wilson 70 67
138 Robert Garrigus 70 68, Bill Lunde 70 68, James Nitties (Aus) 71 67, Steve Elkington (Aus) 65 73, Hunter Mahan 69 69, Steve Marino 73 65, Vijay Singh (Fij) 70 68, Dean Wilson 69 69, Justin Rose (Eng) 67 71, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 69 69, Brandt Snedeker 68 70, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 67 71
139 Tim Petrovic 68 71, Ted Purdy 73 66, Harrison Frazar 69 70, Rocco Mediate 70 69, Fred Couples 72 67
140 Charles Warren 73 67, Charley Hoffman 71 69, Bart Bryant 68 72, Matt Hill 71 69, James Driscoll 70 70, Peter Lonard (Aus) 70 70, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 72 68, Marc Turnesa 71 69, Troy Matteson 69 71
141 Chris Stroud 74 67, Jason Dufner 72 69, Joe Ogilvie 69 72, John Senden (Aus) 71 70, Steve Flesch 69 72, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 71 70, Matt Bettencourt 70 71, Webb Simpson 74 67, Chez Reavie 70 71, Sean O’Hair 69 72, Paul Goydos 73 68, Marc Leishman (Aus) 70 71, Martin Laird (Sco) 70 71, Bo Van Pelt 69 72, Nicholas Thompson 71 70
142 Brian Davis (Eng) 70 72, Nick Watney 70 72, Michael Letzig 68 74, Chris DiMarco 70 72, Jeff Quinney 69 73, Ricky Barnes 70 72, Kevin Stadler 69 73, J J Henry 76 66, Nathan Green (Aus) 71 71, Jeff Maggert 72 70, Mike Weir (Can) 71 71, Notah Begay III 70 72, David Mathis 71 71, Jason Bohn 72 70
——————The following players failed to make the cut——————–
143 Bill Haas 75 68, Paul Azinger 72 71, Parker McLachlin 71 72, Tom Pernice Jnr. 69 74, Charles Howell III 72 71
144 Vaughn Taylor 75 69, John Mallinger 70 74, Jason Day (Aus) 76 68, Charlie Wi (Kor) 73 71, Robert Allenby (Aus) 72 72, Rich Beem 72 72, Paul Casey (Eng) 75 69, Billy Horschel 74 70, Johnson Wagner 72 72
145 Brad Adamonis 72 73, Bob Estes 73 72, Tim Herron 73 72, Corey Pavin 72 73, Scott Piercy 73 72
146 Pat Perez 70 76, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 72 74, Brett Quigley 77 69, John Merrick 76 70, K J Choi (Kor) 77 69
147 Mathew Goggin (Aus) 72 75, Lee Janzen 74 73, Todd Hamilton 73 74, Greg Kraft 75 72, Fred Funk 71 76, Greg Owen (Eng) 75 72
148 Jeff Klauk 71 77, Aron Price (Aus) 72 76, Eric Axley 72 76, Olin Browne 72 76
149 Brendon De Jonge 74 75, Billy Mayfair 74 75, Steve Lowery 74 75, Jason Gore 76 73
150 Kevin Na 71 79, Alex Cejka (Ger) 73 77
151 Chris Riley 72 79
156 Will MacKenzie 78 78

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