AT&T National

While not a star studded event I’ve been looking forward to this tournament. Played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda MD, this is what the field looks like:
Top tens
Fed-Ex Cup: Tiger Woods, Sean O’Hair, Lucas Glover and Nick Watney
PGA Tour Money list: Same as above
Official World Golf Rankings: TW, Paul Casey, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk

2009 Winners not previously mentioned: Pat Perez, Mark Wilson and Y.E. Yang

Majors Winners not previously mentioned: Lee Janzen, Todd Hamilton, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Steve Elkington, Freddy Couples, Corey Pavin, Paul Azinger and Rich Beem

International Players (not inclusive and not mentioned previously): Stuart Appleby, Nick O’Hern, Mathew Goggin, Rod Pampling, Aaron Baddely, Robert Allenby, Peter Lonard, John Sneden, Nathan Green, Jason Day, James Nitties, Matt Hill, Justin Rose, Brian Davis, Greg Owen, Alex Cejka, KJ Choi, Charlie Wi, Danny Lee, Martin Laird, Daniel Chopra, Frederick Jacobsen and Richard S Johnson

Young Guns (not previously mentioned): Webb Simpson, Anthony Kim, Chris Stroud, Kevin Na, Brandt Snedeker, Ricky Barnes, Steve Marino, Nicholas Thompson, Johnson Wagner, Ryan Moore, Troy Matteson, Jeff Overton, John Mallinger, Aron Price, Michael Letzig, Chez Reavie, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick, Charles Howell III, Bill Haas, Billy Horschel and Matt Hill

Grizzled Vets (not previously mentioned): Cliff Kresge, Jeff Maggert, Chris DiMarco, Billy Mayfair, Bart Bryant, Steve Flesch, Rocco Mediate, Tim Petrovick, Steve Lowery, Scott McCarron, Bob Estes, Tom Pernice Jr, Michael Allen, Paul Goydos, Olin Browne, Greg Kraft and Freddy Funk

Congressional Country Club – Bethesda, Md
Original architect: Devereut Emmet (1924)
Course redesign: Rees Jones (1984)
Par: 70
Has hosted 3 tour events (Including 2009)
Ranked 27th out of 54 for difficulty
Yardage: 7,255
Grass: Bentgrass (tees, fairways, greens); Kentucky Bluegrass, Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass, fescue (rough); Poa annua (greens)
Stimpmeter: 12 ft
102 Sand Bunkers and 5 water hazards
Course Record 63 held by Tom Pernice Jr. 2008, 2nd round and Peter Lonard 2008 4th round
2 aces Corey Pavin on the 10th in 2008 and Kevin Stadler on the 13th in 2007
Most Difficult is the 11th a converted par 5, has an elevated tee that overlooks a tight landing area that slopes from left to right. Bunkers frame the right hand side. Any 2nd shot has to be accurate to negotiate the connect water hazard on the right and bunkers on the left. 2008: 0 eagles, 27 birdies, 250 pars, 83 bogeys, 23 double bogeys and 5 others.
Easiest hole is the 16th but few players will reach it in 2 as the drive must be hit into the face of a hill. The 2nd requires avoiding the bunkers on the right, on the approach as well as a huge bunker on the left and trees on the right. 2008: 3 eagles, 128 birdies, 239 pars, 17 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 0 others.

Course origins: Congressional Country Club was established in 1924. A group of legislators met in 1921 and decided the best way to break down the barrier between them and the country was through the formation of a country club and to invite, as co-members, professional businessmen from around the country. Today, the club membership is more family oriented. Some of the original founding members include Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, Harvey S. Firestone, William C. Carnegie, William Randolph Hearst and Walter P. Chrysler.

The club has quite a history with tournament golf, playing host to the 1964 U.S. Open, 1976 PGA Championship, Kemper Open from 1980-1986, 1995 U.S. Senior Open and the 1997 U.S. Open. Congressional will also host the 2009 U.S. Amateur and the 2011 U.S. Open. —Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

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