June 25 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- When Adam Scott sank the winning putt at the Masters, he let out a "Come on Aussie, Come on!" Don't be surprised if you hear something similar this week at Congressional Country Club.
Scott is paired with fellow Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day for the first two rounds of the AT&T National.
Here's a closer look at that group, and who else to keep an eye this week (click here for all tee times):
Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Jason Day: Scott has a couple of top 20s since his Masters win, but hasn't been much of a factor. He has however finished third in this event each of the last two years. Likewise, Day has had success here, finishing eighth last year and second when the U.S. Open was held here in 2011. They'll tee off on 12:27 p.m. Thursday and 7:27 a.m. Friday.
Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, K.J. Choi: Congressional demands length and accuracy off the tee, which in part explains why Mahan has had some good showings here with a tie for eighth last year, a runner-up in 2009, a tie for 12th the year before and a tie for eighth in 2007. He's also in good form right now -- he shot 62 in the opening round at the Travelers Championship and finished fourth at the U.S. Open the week before. Choi, meanwhile, was the event's first winner, in 2007, and was second in 2011 when it was played outside Philadelphia. They'll tee off at 12:39 p.m. Thursday and 7:39 a.m. Friday.
Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera: Two years ago, Congressional hosted the U.S. Open. Furyk and Cabrera have both won a U.S. Open. Furyk has also fared well here, twice tying for third and also finishing in a tie for seventh. Fowler arrives off a 64 in his final round at TPC River Highlands last week. They'll tee off at 7:27 a.m. Thursday and 12:27 p.m. Friday.
Ken Duke, Billy Horschel, Nick Watney: Duke is fresh off his first career victory, which came in his 187th career start on the PGA TOUR. Horschel is having a career year with seven top 10s, including his first career win. He also was in contention at the U.S. Open, where he tied for fourth. Watney has won this event before (when it was at Aronimink) but comes into the week off three straight missed cuts. They'll tee off at 7:39 a.m. Thursday and 12:39 p.m. Friday.