WASHINGTON -- Tiger Woods officially became the host of a
PGA Tour event Wednesday that will raise money for a new learning
center on the Eastern seaboard and pay tribute to the military
during Fourth of July in the nation's capital.
"It's a pretty historic day for us," Woods said. "I remember
when I first came on tour, my goal one day with my father was to
host an event on the PGA Tour. I just wish he could be here to see
The Tiger Woods Foundation, which Earl Woods helped his son
establish 10 years ago, will run the AT&T National to be played
July 5-8 at a course to be determined. All signs point toward
Congressional Country Club the first two years.
Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem openly lobbied club
members to approve hosting the event in 2007 and 2008. An answer
could come within a month.
Also undetermined is the size of the purse -- at least $6 million
-- and the size of the field. Finchem said the tournament would be
similar to invitationals hosted by players such as Arnold Palmer
(Bay Hill) and Jack Nicklaus (Memorial).
The one thing that was announced during a news conference at the
National Press Club was the commitment of AT&T to become title
sponsor of its fifth tournament. The company already sponsors PGA
Tour events at Pebble Beach and in Atlanta, along with two
tournaments on the Champions Tour. Finchem said the deal would be
for at least five years, with an option to sponsor the event
Woods' foundation is geared toward children and his biggest
project to date has been the $25 million Tiger Woods Learning
Center in Anaheim, Calif., which opened in February 2006. Woods
said 5,000 kids have come through the center, learning everything
from rocket science to forensics.
Woods said he would be looking for a site for a new learning
center on the East Coast.
The AT&T National replaces the International outside Denver,
which shut down last month when tournament founder Jack Vickers
couldn't find a sponsor. Vickers attributed the demise to Woods not
playing the event since 1999.
Woods expects to play his new tournament every year, although
this July is up in the air because his wife is expecting their