|Tiger Woods and AT&T National to Return to Congressional Country Club in 2012|
BETHESDA, MD - The AT&T National will once again return to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., for an additional three years after members voted to bring the successful tournament back to the Blue Course. The voting results were jointly announced by Greg McLaughlin, president of the Tiger Woods Foundation and Bret Hart, president of Congressional Country Club. The new term for the PGA TOUR event runs from 2012-2014 with an additional three year option for 2015-2017.
"I'm very proud to host my event at such an amazing, historic course and I would like to thank the members and board at Congressional Country Club," tournament host Tiger Woods said. "Everyone involved with Congressional Country Club has embraced this event, and I am grateful for their tremendous support. I know the players and the fans enjoy the Blue Course, and I'm thrilled we will be able to hold our championship there long into the future."
"Our members have voted to continue the partnership with Tiger Woods, the Tiger Woods Foundation and the PGA TOUR to bring professional golf to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area," Hart said. "We are very excited to host Tiger Woods and professional golf as they face the challenges of our Blue Course as well as the positive economic impact and charitable giving that the tournament generates for our region."
The AT&T National brings golf's finest players to the D.C. area while benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation and paying tribute to the men and women in our Armed Forces. Woods will return to Congressional Country Club for the 2009 AT&T National that will be held on July 1-5. For additional tournament information please visit www.attnational.org. The tournament has not yet announced a location for the 2010 and 2011 events while Congressional Country Club hosts the U.S. Open.
South Korean star K.J. Choi shot a final-round 68 for a 9-under 271 total to win the inaugural AT&T National, taking home the silver replica Capitol Building trophy. In 2008 Southern California native Anthony Kim emerged from the pack at the tournament when, three shots behind going into the final round, he closed with a 5-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Fredrik Jacobson.
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.
About the Tiger Woods Foundation Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships and grant making programs. Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams. Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility and curriculum based in Anaheim, California that will soon expand to Washington, D.C., and a nationwide character development program based on Earl D. Woods' book entitled Start Something. The Tiger Woods Foundation recently launched the Fist Pump Challenge, an online program allowing young people to post videos of celebrating a personal goal or achievement. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.
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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