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Tour Report: More heat, high scores expected

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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

BETHESDA, Md. — With 80 players having made what was the second-highest cut of the year at 6 over, there will be a secondary cut after the third round with the low 70 and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round.

Only the U.S. Open at 8 over had a higher cut.

It was also the highest cut in a non-major since the 2009 Barclays, where the cut was 7 over.

Even though a powerful storm blew through the area overnight, don’t expect many low scores in the third round.

Temperatures hit triple digits in the second round with a heat index of 109 degrees — nearby Reagan National set a new record high of 104 with a heat index of 113 — and more of the same is expected Saturday and Sunday.

Not that any of it seemed to affect Hunter Mahan.

The overnight leader at 7 under after a 65 on Friday, Mahan will tee off at 3:10 p.m. ET in the third round. His second-round score was the lowest of the week here.

In four appearances at the AT&T National, Mahan has three finishes in the top 12, including a runner-up in 2009, the last time the tournament was played here.

Mahan leads the field in greens in regulation through the first two rounds this week at 83.33 percent.


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