Scott Heads Field at AT&T National (Photos)
Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia heads a strong field for the 2013 AT&T National today, at Congressional Country Club, joined by standouts Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.
Tournament founder and defending champion Tiger Woods is unable to participate due to a left elbow injury. Woods will be at Congressional Country Club throughout the week to support the event which benefits the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.
“The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It’s especially difficult not defending my own tournament. It’s going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support,” Woods said.
“We are excited to host our seventh AT&T National next week at Congressional. We have a great field of 132 professional golfers, a fantastic course, and what is sure to be exciting golf competition,” said tournament director and president & CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation Greg McLaughlin. “We’re excited Tiger is going to be in DC this week to support the Foundation and the event.”
Scott scored his first Major crown in April at Augusta National Golf Club, defeating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. It marked the first green jacket earned by an Australian.
This year’s field also includes a nice blend of experience and youth. Bo Van Pelt was runner-up at the 2012 AT&T National and has had a solid 2013 campaign. He will be challenged by former Major champions Furyk (U.S. Open) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open), Cabrera (Masters), Stewart Cink (British Open), Vijay Singh (PGA and Masters) and recent U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III (PGA). Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Jordan Spieth head a group of rising young stars.
Other players committed to playing in the AT&T National ranked in the top 30 in the FedExCup point standings are Billy Horschel, Day, Mahan, Charles Howell III, Harris English, Jimmy Walker, Scott Stallings and Chris Kirk. Day and Mahan both made strong pushes to win the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, Day tying for second and Mahan tying for fourth.
Other past champions in AT&T field are K.J. Choi, who won the inaugural event at Congressional in 2007, and Nick Watney, who prevailed at Aronimink in 2011. They will be joined by 2013 PGA TOUR winners Russell Henley (Sony Open in Hawaii); Brandt Snedeker (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Martin Laird (Valero Texas Open); Sang-Moon Bae (HP Byron Nelson Classic); and Derek Ernest (Wells Fargo Championship).
All will be playing for a purse of $6.5 million, including a top prize of $1.17 million.
Last year, Woods posted rounds of 72-68-67-69 to finish at 8-under 276, two strokes better than Van Pelt. Scott finished third. Notably, Day and Mahan shared eighth, while Watney placed 10th.
This marks the seventh year of the AT&T National and the fifth time it has been held at Congressional. The club has hosted five major championships, including three U.S. Opens, one U.S. Senior Open and one PGA Championship. The Blue Course is expected to measure 7,569 yards and plays to a par-71.
Photos | Phil Fabrizio