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De Jonge leads Woods, 2 others by 1 at AT&T

9:44 PM, Jun 30, 2012   |    comments
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Bethesda, MD (Sports Network) - Brendon de Jonge posted his second straight 2- under 69 on Saturday to grab a 1-stroke lead after three rounds of the AT&T National.

De Jonge finished 54 holes at 7-under-par 206. He will go for his first PGA Tour title on Sunday.

Tournament host Tiger Woods carded a 4-under 67 to climb into a share of second place at minus-6. He was joined there by first-round leader Bo Van Pelt (67) and Seung-Yul Noh (69).

Second-round leader Hunter Mahan stumbled to a 2-over 73. He finished 54 holes alongside Billy Hurley III (66) at 5-under-par 208. Jhonattan Vegas (68) is one stroke back at minus-4.

However, none of them was the big story on Saturday. Severe storms blew through Congressional Country Club overnight. Those storms snapped trees in half, rip tents to shreds and tossed debris throughout the course.

Officials delayed the start of the round for six hours then went off the first and 10th tees in threesomes. Due to all the damage, fans and volunteers were told to stay away so just players, their family members, security and media were allowed in.

Despite that, a few hundred fans trekked to the course against officials wishes. Tournament staffers hope to have most of the downed trees removed by the time Sunday's play starts.

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