Mahan shoots cool 65 to take lead at AT&T

Posted: June 30, 2012

BETHESDA, Md. - On a day when temperatures topped 100, Hunter Mahan still managed to make Friday at Congressional feel like a breeze.

Mahan made seven birdies in the stifling heat for a 6-under 65, giving him a 2-shot lead at 7-under 135 going into the weekend at the AT&T National. Robert Garrigus had a a 67 and finished in second, along with Jimmy Walker and Brendon De Jonge, who each had a 69.

Chris Couch sought medical attention and struggled to finish in the oppressive conditions. Stewart Cink draped a towel over his head waiting to putt on the 14th green. A caddie had to stop after nine holes.

Tiger Woods stayed in the game with a 68 in the morning, and talked about the value of staying fit and strong to survive days like this. He finished 5 shots behind at 2-under 140, in a tie for 11th.

LPGA

ROGERS, Ark. - Veronica Felibert shot 6-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

Champions Tour

PITTSBURGH - With sweltering temperatures easing the stiffness in his chronically bad back, defending champion Fred Couples birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 63 and the second-round lead in the Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel.

European Tour

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland - Gregory Bourdy of France shot a 67 to move to 12-under 132 and open a 1-shot lead in the second round of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

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