For the first time in three years, Tiger Woods' tournament returns to the Congressional Country Club, its home from 2007-2009.
Tiger himself will be the top-ranked player in the field, joined only by one other top 10 player: Hunter Mahan.
The last time the tournament was held at Congressional, it came down to Tiger and Mahan, and Tiger came away with the win. By all indications, it could be between the two of them once again, and this could be Tiger's opportunity to compensate for a terrible final two rounds at the US Open a couple of weeks ago.
Other big names joining Tiger and Mahan at Congressional will be Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Adam Scott, who was the third-place finisher at last year's AT&T National.
Where: Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md.
When: Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 1
Golfers to Watch
Tiger was tabbed as the favorite to win the US Open after finishing first at the Memorial just a couple of weeks before, and though he seemed to be living up to the odds throughout the first two days at Olympic, he fell apart over the final two rounds and finished in a tie for 21st.
He's still a safe pick at Congressional because this is his tournament, after all, and he won here just three years ago.
Ever since winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the end of March, Tiger has looked better and better on the big stages. It won't be long before he truly will live up to the hype and return to the form of the Tiger Woods of old.
He finished second to Tiger the last time this tournament was held at Congressional, and he holds the record at the course after shooting a 62 in 2009.
Despite some disappointing finishes in this year's majors, Mahan hasn't bee playing poorly lately—he's coming off a 61 last Sunday at the Travelers, and he already has two wins this year at the Accenture Match Play Championship and at the Houston Open.
Mahan is going to come into this year's AT&T National with a lot of confidence, knowing he can conquer this course. He'll give Tiger a run for his money.
He's coming off a fourth-place finish at Olympic, and he held it together for a lot longer than either Tiger or Mahan managed to at the US Open. Though he doesn't yet have a win in 2012, he finished fourth at Colonial a few weeks ago, and overall, he has one top five finish and four top 10 finishes.
The AT&T Championship has been held at Congressional three times, and in those years, Furyk finished in third place twice and in seventh. This is his year to win it all.
Notable Groupings for Opening Round (All Times ET):
|12:50 p.m.||Tiger Woods||Nick Watney||KJ Choi|
|7:50 a.m.||Dustin Johnson||Hunter Mahan||Davis Love III|
|8:02 a.m.||Marc Leishman||Ben Curtis||Adam Scott|
For a full list of tee times for the first two rounds, visit PGATour.com.
|Round 1||June 28||3 - 6 p.m.||GOLF|
|Round 2||June 29||3 - 6 p.m.||GOLF|
|Round 3||June 30||3 - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|Round 4||July 1||3 - 6:30 p.m.||CBS|
Prediction: Jim Furyk Wins
Overall, he's been playing the best of all the front-runners over the last few weeks, and he'll be eager to right the ship after a disappointing finish at Olympic. Tiger will still be on edge after his meltdown at the US Open, and Mahan will give Furyk a run for his money but will ultimately fall.
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