BETHESDA, Md. — What did Brandt Jobe’s opening-round 1-under 70 feel like Thursday at the AT&T National?
A lot like the last time a golf tournament was played at Congressional.
"It felt like a U.S. Open round," said Jobe, who is the early clubhouse leader with Daniel Summerhays. "You just feel beat up when you get done."
Jobe had three bogeys, two birdies and an eagle.
Summerhays’ round wasn’t much different with one more birdie — five — than bogeys.
"Actually the conditions were perfect," Summerhays said. "There wasn’t much wind, the temperature was fine. It’s a very hard golf course, how it’s set up. The hole locations are difficult, the greens are super fast. They’re firm. The fairways are narrow, and the rough is really long, and the holes are really long, too."
In other words, expect scoring to be potentially higher than it was here a year ago during the U.S. Open when Rory McIlroy won at 16 under and second-place was 8 under.
"If you would have told me 1under before I played, I probably wouldn’t have played," Jobe joked. "It’s not going to get easier, it’s going to get more difficult as the day goes on."