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Eagle puts Woods in the hunt

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Tiger Woods kept himself in touch with the second round leaders at the AT&T National thanks primarily to a memorable eagle at the par-five 16th.

Woods, looking to improve after a somewhat mediocre opening round 72, began his second round at Congressional Country Club with a bogey but made steady progress from there - adding two birdies and 12 pars before his decisive moment at the 16th.

A straight drive and controlled iron shot put Woods on the green, albeit 48 feet from the cup, and he rolled his putt straight and true to make light work of the 585-yard hole. Two closing pars secured a round of 68, good enough to put him in the clubhouse at two-under, five off the lead.

That lead was held by Hunter Mahan - the American looking good for his third PGA Tour victory of 2012 after a stunning round of 65.

"It's just one of those days where you just stay patient," Woods said afterwards. "You shoot something in the 60s, and I think that would have been a good score.

"I thought it was a very good score. I'm right there."

Three players were at five-under after completing their second rounds, Robert Garrigus, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker - with the former, who was the joint low American around this course at the 2011 US Open, firing a fine round of 67 to catapult into contention.

Pat Perez and Seung-yul Noh were both four-under after rounds of 69 and 68 respectively, with Rob Pampling joining them after a 67 at the Maryland course.

Bo van Pelt and Charley Hoffmann both matched Woods' 36 hole total, with Scotland's Martin Laird a shot further back.

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