The AT&T National is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the Washington D.C. area. Held during the Fourth of July weekend, the event is hosted by Tiger Woods and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The first AT&T National was held July 5–8, 2007, at the Blue Course of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The event returned to Congressional in 2008 and 2009 and has been held midway between the U.S. Open and the British Open to ensure a strong field of competitors.
Nick Watney is the defending champion, winning in 2011 with a score of −13.
The event was officially announced on March 7, 2007, to replace The International, which tour officials had abruptly cancelled on February 8, 2007. The AT&T National does not use the modified Stableford scoring system used by The International in Colorado.
The D.C. area hosted a regular tour event for over a quarter century. The Booz Allen Classic arrived in 1980 but was terminated after the 2006 event. Originally named the Kemper Open, it was played at Congressional from 1980–86, then moved to the nearby TPC at Avenel in 1987. Congressional hosted the tournament in 2005, while Avenel was undergoing renovations.
Congressional originally agreed to host the event for the first two years, and after opting out of hosting the 2009 U.S. Amateur, agreed to host the event in 2009 as well. The Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania hosted the 2010 and 2011 events, due to Congressional being reconfigured for the 2011 U.S. Open. The tournament is scheduled to return to Congressional from 2012 to 2014.
Other courses that were originally considered for the new tournament were in the Kansas City, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Portland areas. Possible sites for the 2010 and 2011 events were the TPC at Avenel in neighboring Potomac (former site of the Booz Allen Classic) and Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, (four-time host of the Presidents Cup).
CBS and Golf Channel carry the AT&T National, which is the third event on the PGA Tour to be sponsored by the telecommunications giant. The others are the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the AT&T Classic (formerly the BellSouth Classic).
The AT&T Nations is the next event coming up on the PGA Tour. This one happens in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Congressional Country Club and will happen from the 28th of June to the 1st of July. The defending champion for this tournament is Nick Watney and he walked away with $1,116,000 last year. This year, the same amount is up for grabs out of a huge $6,500,000 purse. The tournament is also worth 500 FedEx Cup points. Next up on the PGA Tour, the Greenbrier Classic, which is from July 5th through the 8th at the Old White TPC in West Virginia.
Previously on the PGA Tour, the Traveler's Championship was held, June 21st through the 24th at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, with a six million dollar purser that Marc Leishman took a big chunk of. He got 500 FedEx Cup points and a check for $1,080,000 last year. The field this year consists of Hunter Haas and Blake Adams as well as Lucas Glover, D.A. Points, John Huh and Angel Cabrera. Others include Ricky Barnes, Trevor Immelman and Heath Slocum as well as Rory Sabbatini, Dicky Pride and Stewart Cink.
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