The Worlds number one, two, and three players will not play in the AT&T National this weekend at The Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, but not to worry. Masters Champion, Adam Scott, 2012 FedEx Cup champion, Brandt Snedeker, and Jason Day will all be taking to the Blue Course Thursday morning for a piece of the $6.5 Million Dollar purse, and the 500 FedEx Cup points that are on the table.
Defending Champion, Tiger Woods opted out last week because of elbow problems that he aggravated at the US Open. Woods beat Bo Van Pelt here in 2012 for the last of his three victories in his come-back year. It is my understanding he will be present as the tournament host, but will not see action again until the British Open next month in Muirfield.
2013 US Open Champ, Justin Rose bailed on the tournament yesterday saying after his first career win at Merion, his whirl-wind trip through Manhattan, and playing all four rounds at The Travelers last week totally exhausted him. He lasted longer than I though he would, finishing thirteenth in last weeks tournament in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Rose won the AT&T in 2010 when the event was played at Aronimink in Pennsylvania. The Congressional course was in the preparation stage for the 2011 US Open which was won by Rory McIlroy.
Also in the field at the 7569 yard, par 71 golf course will be Nick Watney, the 2011 champion who also won at Aronimink. Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, and Rickie Fowler will also play.
All four rounds of the AT&T National will be broadcast on Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
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