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Australia's Brady Watt tees off in Bethesda during the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament.
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Australia's Brady Watt tees off in Bethesda during the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament.

Some of golf's lesser-known names carved up Congressional Country Club in Bethesda this morning during the second round of the Quicken Loans National.

One reason this tournament is popular with players and fans is that it is one of the few regular PGA Tour stops held at a course that has hosted the US Open---considered golf's toughest major tournament. That's something Congressional has done three times, the last of which was just three years ago.

Sweden's Freddie Jacobsen, who's near the top of the leaderboard, says the course offers a tough challenge. "[The] rough is a little bit on the thick [side] for my taste this week," Jacobsen said. "You can catch a few lies, but I do like when you have a chance to create something from the rough."

One of Jacobsen's playing partners, Brendan Steele, put up one of the low rounds of the morning.

"It's long. It's a bear. The rough is pretty thick," Steele said. "The greens provide some problems with a lot of slopes. But that being said, if you don't drive it straight off the tee, you can still recover."

Steele's round of five-under 66 was topped only this morning by Justin Rose's five-under round. Rose, who won last year's US Open, previously won this tournament when it was called the AT&T National in 2010, but it was not held at Congressional that year.

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