- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Midway through the first day of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, things are heating up. The early leader among those already finished is Vijay Singh, who posted a 3-under-par score of 68 during Thursday’s round.

“It’s good for me [shooting a 68],” said Singh. “Any time I shoot under par right now is good.”

Just one stroke behind Singh is Annapolis’ own Billy Hurley III, a former Navy lieutenant hoping to make his sixth cut in his first PGA Tour season.

“To start off with a birdie was nice,” said Hurley.

Those two staying on top, though, is doubtful. Jimmy Walker is at -4 through nine holes on the 7,569-yard course and Bo Van Pelt has the same score through 11. James Driscoll is also at 3-under with eight holes left in his round. Kevin Stadler (through 10) and Brendon de Jonge (through nine) are also at -2.

Tournament host Tiger Woods is 1-over through eight holes, as is defending champion Nick Watney.

Beau Hossler, the 17-year-old amateur who briefly led the U.S. Open, is in the clubhouse at even par.

“I had a pretty good day,” said Hossler. “Unfortunately I had some three-putts.”

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