A handful of golfers have withdrawn from the AT&T National tournament at Congressional Country Club even before the event started, causing a noticeable drop in the amount of muscle in the field. Even so, there are still plenty of players left in the field that are more than capable of wowing us with their play. Even with a bit of a lighter field there are still plenty of groups to keep an eye on over the first two days of the tournament.
The group of Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman brings the Aussie invasion to Bethesda, MD. Scott and Day are two of the heavy favorites this week and Leishman is no slouch in his own right. Scott has been a top 10 monster here, having finished in third place each of the last two years. I like Day’s chances more than anyone here this week, however.
Billy Horschel, Nick Watney and Ken Duke are going to be an incredibly fun group to watch. These guys all have a great time when they’re on the golf course, and Duke’s demeanor is sure to be even more upbeat on the heels of his victory last week. Watney has won here before and Horschel has finished inside of the top 10 seven times this year (and he owns octopus pants).
The winner of the inaugural tournament in 2007, K.J. Choi, will be playing with Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan. Snedeker has had a roller coaster of a year, but has the ability to get his game going in the right direction at any time. Mahan is coming off of a fourth place finish at the U.S. Open and a solid outing at the Travelers Championship.