Hunter Mahan is leading the 2012 AT&T National after 36 holes. Following an opening round 70 at Congressional Country Club on Thursday, June 28th, Mahan played to a masterful 6-under par 65 in the heat on Friday. Two shots behind are Jimmy Walker and Brendon de Jonge, two veterans who will be hunting Mahan in pursuit of their first-ever PGA Tour victory.
Hunter Mahan: Hunter Mahan has won twice in 2012, with victories in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Shell Houston Open. A win at the AT&T National would be his sixth overall victory on the PGA Tour and would make him the FedEx points leader. Another taste of victory could also propel Hunter to his first major win at the Open Championship, to be played in Lanchashire, England, beginning July 19th.
Jimmy Walker: Walker is a 33-year-old native of Oklahoma City, who became a golf professional in 2001. With 11 top 10 finishes in 152 events played on the PGA Tour, his best result was a tie for third at the 2010 Valero Texas Open. No need to feel too sorry for Jimmy, however, as he has more than $4 Million in career earnings. In the tough conditions at Congressional Country Club on Thursday he posted a score of 3-under 68, followed by a bogey-free 2-under 69 on Friday.
Brendon de Jonge: A professional since 2003, Brendon de Jonge is a 31-year-old native of Harare, Zimbabwe. He has finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 136 Tour events, and earned more than $5 Million. Like Walker, de Jonge's best finish is third place, something he has done three times, most recently at the 2010 Viking Classic. Brendon has suffered three bogeys at Congressional, but his scores for the two rounds are also a 68 on Thursday, followed by a 69 on Friday.
While Hunter Mahan is hoping to hoist his sixth winner's trophy on Sunday, July 1, 2012, he will be hunted by Jimmy Walker and Brendon de Jonge. Mahan and de Jonge will be paired together in the final group in Saturday's third round, while Walker will be playing one group ahead, along with Robert Garrigus.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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