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Mediate Seals His Spot in British Open

The second annual AT&T National at Congressional Country Club forges on without tournament host and PGA tour star Tiger Woods being present in Bethesda, Md.

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Woods also said his recovery is going well, but that he still has a way to go before he starts hitting golf balls.

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"Right now, I just hope I can get up out of bed and go to the bathroom," he said. "Little things like that are a challenge."

Another Day, Another 63

Two days after Pernice set the tournament course record with a 7-under 63, Peter Lonard matched it. Lonard had a bogey on his second hole but quickly turned things around.

"I thought this might be the wrong day [after the bogey], then I made birdie to get myself back, then I holed a 9-iron and all of a sudden, I started going," Lonard said. "It was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon."

Lonard, who started on No. 10, hit a 302-yard tee shot on No. 15 that left him 134 yards from the pin.

"I hit a 9-iron as hard as I could and it went in," Lonard said of his eagle on the par-4, 439-yard hole. "I didn't see it go in, but they told me it was."

Lonard, who along with his eagle had six birdies yesterday, didn't expect to be playing on the weekend after a first-round 4-over 74. Fortunately for him, Joe Ogilvie missed a putt on his final hole in the second round. Because of Ogilvie's bogey, Lonard was one of the 13 players who escaped the cut line.

"I went out and hit it all over the joint on Thursday," Lonard said. "Friday I had my bags packed, and Joe Ogilvie was kind enough to make bogey on the last hole to let us back in. I thought it was a great opportunity to have a bit of a go. Today, that all sort of fell into line."


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