|2010 AT&T National Welcomes Excellent Field|
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - An excellent pro golf field is coming to Aronimink Golf Club for the 2010 AT&T National, a $6.2 million blockbuster event that holds down a critical spot on the PGA TOUR and will be played June 29-July 4.
Chances are good that the AT&T National will be very competitive and challenging this year at the 7,237-yard, par 70 layout, with three of the year's PGA TOUR winners already signed up to chase the $1.116 million first-place check - Jim Furyk, Mahan and Dustin Johnson.
The AT&T National, which benefits the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, and the Tiger Woods Foundation, comes just eight days before the start of British Open week and is regarded as a key opportunity for the star-studded field to prove their games are on track.
With more player commitments to come, the field is rapidly taking shape.
Jim Furyk: Age, 39; Hometown, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $2.56 million; Tied for third in back-to-back years at the AT&T National in 2007 and 2008 and tied for seventh in 2009; Two-time tournament winner already in 2010 with victories at the Transitions Championship and at the Verizon Heritage, where he defeated Brian Davis in a playoff; Also tied for seventh at Quail Hollow.
Hunter Mahan: Age, 27; Hometown, Colleyville, TX; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $1.6 million; Second to Woods in the 2009 AT&T National where he shot a course record-tying 62 on the last day to fall short by a single shot; Proving to be a tough weekend player at the AT&T National, he shot a third round of 64 to tie for 12th in 2008 and a fourth-round 65 to tie for seventh in 2007; Won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in late February for his second PGA Tour victory (his 16-under winning score of 265 featured a 65-65 weekend); Also tied for eighth at the Masters.
K.J. Choi: Age, 39; Hometown, The Woodlands, TX; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $1.3 million; Won the 2007 AT&T National, the first year of the tournament, and missed the cut the next two years; No missed cuts this year on the PGA Tour and strong showings with a second at the Transitions and a tie for fourth at the Masters.
Vijay Singh: Age, 47; Hometown, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $457,508; Tied for seventh in the 2009 AT&T National and tied for 12th in 2007; Already in the World Golf Hall of Fame, his top finish this year is a tie for fourth at the Honda Classic.
Tiger Woods: Age, 34; Hometown, Orlando, Fla.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $330,000; Won the 2009 AT&T National with a closing round of 67 to hold off Mahan, who shot 62 in the last round; missed 2008 AT&T National with a knee injury and tied for sixth in 2007; After a five-month absence, Woods made his 2010 debut at the Masters and was fourth.
Dustin Johnson: Age, 25, Hometown, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $1.8 million; Making his AT&T National debut; Claimed his third PGA Tour victory when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the second straight year in 2010, following up on his victory in 2009; Also tied for third at the Northern Trust Open.
Nick Watney: Age, 29; Hometown, Las Vegas, Nev.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $1.1 million; Tied for 66th at the 2009 AT&T National and tied for 36th in 2008; Four top 10s on the PGA Tour this year, including a fourth at the Transitions, a seventh at the Masters, a tie for ninth at San Diego and a tie for ninth at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
Sean O'Hair: Age, 27; Hometown, West Chester, Pa.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $647,820; Tied for 35th in the 2009 AT&T National, tied for 75th in 2008 and tied for 25th in 2007; Tied for fourth in this year's first event, the SBS Championship, and has two other top 20s to his credit.
Steve Marino: Age, 30; Hometown, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 2010 PGA Tour earnings, $1.04 million; Shot a second-round 65 and wound up tied for 40th at the 2009 AT&T National, tied for 24th in 2008 and missed the cut in 2007; Early season results this year on the PGA Tour were outstanding, including a fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a tie for fifth at the Northern Trust Open, a tie for 11th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a tie for 14th at the Masters.
Byeong Hun An: Age, 18; Hometown, Bradenton, Fla.; Amateur; First AT&T National appearance; Became the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur when he was victorious last year as a 17-year-old at Southern Hills Country Club; He was a month and a half younger than 2008 U.S. Amateur winner Danny Lee and seventh months younger than Woods when Woods won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles in 1994; Moved from South Korea in December, 2005, to attend a golf academy, and learned English; Parents are Olympic table tennis players.
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