|AT&T National Welcomes PGA TOUR'S Finest to Congressional Country Club|
BETHESDA, Md. - Tournament host Tiger Woods and defending champion Anthony Kim are sure to have their hands full when they go up against the talented pros who will tee it up at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.
Woods, who is returning to compete in the tournament after missing it last year because of knee surgery, and Kim, whose victory on the Blue Course jump-started his breakthrough season, are going against one of the strongest fields of the year in the $6 million event, June 30-July 5.
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Major championship winners, Ryder Cup heroes and young superstars-in-the-making are all lining up to make their mark on what figures to be a classic tournament. Each one has shown himself to be rounding into form just in time.
Woods won in the third tournament of his comeback from knee surgery when he took the trophy at Bay Hill. His results so far have shown remarkable consistency, even after an eight-month layoff. The 14-time major winner has placed in the top 10 in each of his five stroke play events, including a tie for sixth at the Masters, the first major of the year.
Ernie Els, a three-time major winner, got off to a quick start this year with a tie for sixth at Kapalua and a tie for fifth at Doral. Always a threat on Sunday, Els' final round scoring average of 69.50 is the 11th best on the PGA Tour.
The start of Kim's year was similarly strong - a tie for second at Kapalua. Nagging injuries then slowed Kim down, but he quickly righted himself at the Masters where he shot 65 in the second round, a performance that featured 11 birdies.
Sean O'Hair might have been nipped by Woods on the last day at Bay Hill, but he easily shrugged it off and showed there were no after-effects. He was 10th at the Masters and then won at Quail Hollow. With six top 10s this year, O'Hair has been as steady as they come.
Nick Watney made his stamp on the season with a remarkable last-day victory at Torrey Pines. He was also second at Doral and tied for fourth at Bay Hill. The 28-year-old is earning a reputation as someone who seems to put himself in the mix every week.
Fred Couples isn't just waiting around until October to serve as captain of the Presidents Cup, he's showing his playing days are far from over. The former Masters champion has three top 10s, including a tie for third at Riviera and a tie for third at Houston. Couples also had four rounds in the 60s at the Nelson, where he was 11-under and tied for eighth.
Danny Lee may be only 18, but he doesn't act like it. The youngest U.S. Amateur winner, Lee turned pro in April and he's set his sights on making an even bigger name for himself.
Boo Weekley already had a huge fan base, but it grew larger after his strong performance on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. Weekley, who had to withdraw from the Players Championship after injuring his shoulder, has been a workhouse this year, with 12 tournaments under his belt.
Mike Weir began his season at the Bob Hope and tied for third at 28 under. Weir, a former Masters champion, was also second at Pebble Beach and can handle greens as well as anyone. He ranks 6th in putting on the PGA Tour at 1.722.
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About Congressional Country Club - The Congressional Country Club, which opened in 1924, is par-72 course covering 7,173 yards. The course has played host to four majors--two U.S. Opens (1964 and 1997), one PGA Championship (1976) and the U.S. Senior Open (1995) and will host the U.S. Open once again in 2011. The Kemper Open was played there from 1980-86 and the Booz Allen Classic was held there in 2005.
Congressman Oscar E. Bland and O.R. Lubring of Indiana, founders of the Club, set out to provide an informal common ground where politicians and businessmen could meet as peers, unconstrained by red tape. They took their idea to Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who agreed to serve as Founders' Club President and, from 1922-1923, Honorary Founding President of a soon-to-be-built Congressional Country Club. Primarily because of the determination of these original two visionaries, the Club was incorporated in December 1921. Construction of the Club took two and one-half years from concept to completion. Its international recognition, intended for the world of politics, has been achieved instead in the world of golf.
About the PGA TOUR - The PGA TOUR is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Its primary purpose is to provide competitive earnings opportunities for past, current and future members of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In 2007, the three Tours will compete in approximately 110 events for approximately $340 million in prize money. Tournaments are being held in six countries outside the U.S. and in 36 states. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, TOUR events also generate significant funds for local charities. In fact, the three Tours have surpassed the $1 billion mark in overall charitable contributions. The PGA TOUR's web site address is www.pgatour.com and the company is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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