A great deal of the chatter surrounding the AT&T National has been focused on the names that won’t be in attendance – namely Tiger Woods. El Tigre announced that he will be taking off until the British Open to rest an ailing elbow, even though he is the host of the event this week at Congressional Country Club. He also happens to be the defending champion.
Located in Bethesda, MD, which is less than a 30 minute drive from the nation’s capital, Congressional has seen its fair share of politicians and captains of industry. Its membership rolls have consisted of U.S. presidents, senators and myriad private industry executives. It’s also hosted three U.S. Open tournaments and a PGA Championship.
As we become further removed from the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, more of the top golfers in the world will start getting back into action. This week, nine of the top 30 golfers in the latest world rankings will be giving it a go. I’m utterly surprised that Justin Rose has honored his commitment to play this week – not because he has a history of flaking out, but rather because he clearly ran out of steam over the weekend at the Travelers Championship last week.
The field is littered with guys that have been ever so close to picking up a major this year – as well as Rose and Adam Scott who have won the two majors that have been contested thus far. Hunter Mahan, Jason Day, Billy Horschel and Angel Cabrera are just a handful of the golfers looking to make amends for the major championship failures this year.
Last year’s installment of this tournament came down to the wire, and if the play so far this year holds true to form, there’s a good chance this one will not be decided until late, as well.