BETHESDA, Md. — The story of the first round was how difficult Congressional Country Club played with just 22 players breaking par and a scoring average 2 1/2 strokes over par for the field.
Though it’s hotter here in the second round — the heat index is expected to be north of 100 — the course, for now anyway, is playing easier at just under a full stroke over par.
Jimmy Walker is one of a handful of players who have been able to take advantage of the conditions in the morning wave. He’s 2 under through 14 holes and 5 under for the tournament and in the lead — for now.
Pat Perez is a stroke back after finishing off a second straight 69 to get to 4 under going into the weekend.
Seung-Yul Noh and Robert Garrigus are also tied for second at the moment with both players 3 under on their round.
Meanwhile, overnight leader Bo Van Pelt has gone the other way. He’s 2 over on the day with one hole to play.