Friday, April 6, 2007
Congressional will host Tiger, AT&T National
BETHESDA, Md. -- The membership of Congressional Country
Club voted to host Tiger Woods' new tournament for the next two
Club president Stuart Long said Friday that more than 90 percent
of the members said yes to the AT&T National, scheduled this year
for July 5-8. About 1,300 members voted using mail-in ballots over
the past three weeks.
The tournament, which will be run by the Tiger Woods Foundation,
replaces the International outside Denver, which was canceled
earlier this year because organizers couldn't find a sponsor. Woods
announced his new tournament in February before he had a venue in
place, but he and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem openly lobbied
for Congressional to host the event.
"It's one of the great venues that we have in the United
States," Woods said after his second round at the Masters. "We're
very excited. We couldn't have asked for a better start to our
Still to be determined is the tournament's permanent home.
Congressional is already scheduled to host the 2009 U.S. Amateur
and the 2011 U.S. Open.
"We're pretty much booked through 2011," Long said.
Alternative sites in the Washington area include TPC at Avenel
in Potomac, which is owned by the PGA Tour and is scheduled to
undergo major renovations. Avenel was the longtime home to a PGA
Tour tournament until last year, when sponsorship and scheduling
issues led to its cancellation.
Also in the area is the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in
Gainesville, Va., which has hosted the Presidents Cup.