Tiger Woods shoots 68 to move to 2 under at AT&T National

June 29, 2012

Tiger Woods made birdies on two of his final five holes to finish 3-under 68 for his round and 2 under overall at the midway point of the AT&T National on Friday at steamy Congressional Country Club.

That left the tournament host in a tie for eighth following his round that began in the morning, trailing leader Brandon de Jonge by three strokes. De Jonge fired a 2-under 69 during his second round.

“I was consistent most of the day,” Woods said. “I made a couple good par saves at 13 and 14, and I made a big putt there at 16. Just one of those days.”

Woods said he wasn’t bothered by the extreme heat wave in the D.C. area, which at 2 p.m. has already tied the all-time June record of 102 degrees.

“That’s why I train, that’s why I run all those miles,” Woods said. “If you’re carrying a little bit of body fat, it’s going to be a little insulation out there. This is when fitness does help, and I figured that’s one of the reasons why I’ve had the success I’ve had in the elements.”

Beginning on the back nine, Woods kickstarted his round by making eagle at the 579-yard par-5 16th. His tee shot traveled 339 yards down the left side of the fairway, and he landed his approach within 48 feet of the cup before rolling in the putt.

At No. 5, 413-yard par 4, Woods’s 283-yard drive split the fairway, and his second shot settled seven feet from the hole. Woods made the putt to go 2 under for his round at the time.

Woods again was perfect with his drive at No. 8, a 354-yard par 4, and he left his approach inside of three feet for a comfortable birdie putt.

The only bogey in Woods’s round came at the 402-yard, par-4 first after he drove into the left rough. His second shot went 130 yards but landed in the left rough as well, leaving 43 yards to the hole.

Woods’s approach left him a reasonable six-foot put for par, but he was off target before cleaning up with a two-footer for bogey.

“I thought that today I got more out of my round... On a golf course like this, you’re not going to hit it perfect all day, it’s just too difficult,” Woods said. “You’re going to have to make some saves. Today I did.”

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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