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2012 AT&T National: Hunter Mahan Takes 2-Shot Lead After 65 On Friday

The second round of the 2012 AT&T National is in the books and Hunter Mahan surged to the lead after firing a 65 on a scorching Friday afternoon. Mahan is coming off a ridiculous final round last week in Hartford, where he fired a 61 early on Sunday to charge up the leaderboard. Playing early in a similar circumstance, he went low at Congressional three years ago when he carded a 62 in his final round to challenge Tiger Woods. Cameron Tringale matched Mahan with a 65 of his own, but the Oklahoma State product and two-time 2012 winner Mahan is 7-under and two shots clear of a trio in second.

Brendon de Jonge, Jimmy Walker, and Robert Garrigus are all at 5-under. Garrigus is the bomb-and-gouger who put together a solid week at Congressional last year finishing T3. Despite being dusted by Rory McIlroy, Garrigus took a lot away from that week and was extremely happy with how he played the course. His comfort on the track has been evident again this week.

Amateur Beau Hossler made the weekend after a second round 74 put him at 3-over for the tournament. The 17-year-old sensation who stormed onto the scene at Olympic two weeks ago received an exemption from Tiger Woods and has handled himself well the first two days. Hossler struggled on the back side, playing the first three holes in four over after carding a double on the difficult par-3 10th but he hung in there to make the cut. Patrick Cantlay, the former amateur superstar, made his first cut since turning professional after the Open. He was another player who impressed here last year but he's currently eight shots back at 1-over.

One notable name to miss the cut was Tiger's playing partner and 2007 winner K.J. Choi. Camilo Villegas and Kelly Kraft, the reigning amateur champ who defeated Cantlay at Erin Hills last year, also missed the weekend.

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