Tournament News: Woods, Kim, Glover and Singh Lead 2009 AT&T; National Field

BETHESDA, Md. – Tournament host Tiger Woods, newly crowned U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and defending champion Anthony Kim headline a star-filled field at next week’s AT&T National.

Woods, the top-ranked player in the world, will welcome 119 of the world’s best golfers to the Blue Course at storied Congressional Country Club in Bethesda for the $6 million event to be played June 30-July 5.

In addition to 14-time major winner Woods, top 25 players set to take on Congressional are Paul Casey, three-time major winner Vijay Singh, former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair, Kim, Glover and former Masters champion Mike Weir.

The quality of the field is clearly reflected by the fact that it’s loaded with players at the tops of their games, each competing for the winner’s check of $1.08 million.

Woods leads the way among players in the AT&T National field who have already been victorious in tournaments this year.  Woods has won at Bay Hill and the Memorial, Casey won the Shell Houston Open, O’Hair won the Quail Hollow Championship, Pat Perez won the Bob Hope Classic, Nick Watney won the Buick Invitational and Mark Wilson won the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

There is one more important name on the list.  The newest tournament winner in the field is Glover, the 29-year-old from Greenville, S.C., who won his first major title and added his name to the 109-year-old U.S. Open trophy with a stirring victory Monday on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

Ricky Barnes, who battled his way around the difficult Bethpage layout and finished in a strong tie for second behind Glover, has also joined the field for the AT&T National.

Yet another up-and-comer seemingly on the fast track to stardom who will compete at Congressional is 19-year-old Danny Lee, the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur a year ago, and a pro for only two months.

Ryder Cup stars Furyk, Kim, Hunter Mahan and Boo Weekley are all part of the AT&T National scene at Congressional, and so is the last Ryder Cup captain, Paul Azinger, and 2010 captain Corey Pavin.

Adding further to the quality of the field are sponsor exemptions Notah Begay III, Chris Riley, Olin Browne, Charles Warren, Azinger, Jason Gore, Matt Hill and Billy Horschel.

Hill, 20, the only amateur in the field, won the NCAA Division I Championship last month at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.  The former hockey player from Brights Grove, Ontario, is a junior at North Carolina State.  Hill is the first North Carolina State golfer to win the NCAA championship.  Past medalists include Woods (Stanford 1995), Phil Mickelson (Arizona State 1989, 90, 92) and Jack Nicklaus (Ohio State 1961).

Among the top money-winners on the PGA Tour, the AT&T National features Kevin Na, Brian Davis, Charley Hoffman and John Rollins, in addition to Woods, O’Hair, Glover, Watney, Casey and Furyk.

The three-year-old AT&T National, already taking its place among the strongest tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule, occupies an important position in the Fed Ex Cup series.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation – Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships and grant making programs.  Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams.

Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility and curriculum based in Anaheim, Calif., and Tiger’s Action Plan, a nationwide character development program based on Earl D. Woods’ book entitled Start Something. Tiger’s Action Plan is a free program for youth 8-17 that addresses three priorities: character education, volunteer service and career exploration. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

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About Congressional Country Club – The Congressional Country Club, which opened in 1924, is par-72 course covering 7,173 yards. The course has played host to four majors–two U.S. Opens (1964 and 1997), one PGA Championship (1976) and the U.S. Senior Open (1995) and will host the U.S. Open once again in 2011.  The Kemper Open was played there from 1980-86 and the Booz Allen Classic was held there in 2005.

Congressman Oscar E. Bland and O.R. Lubring of Indiana, founders of the Club, set out to provide an informal common ground where politicians and businessmen could meet as peers, unconstrained by red tape. They took their idea to Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who agreed to serve as Founders’ Club President and, from 1922-1923, Honorary Founding President of a soon-to-be-built Congressional Country Club. Primarily because of the determination of these original two visionaries, the Club was incorporated in December 1921. Construction of the Club took two and one-half years from concept to completion. Its international recognition, intended for the world of politics, has been achieved instead in the world of golf.

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Contact: Rachel Rees, Tiger Woods Foundation, 949-725-3003
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120 Players in the 2009 AT&T National Field

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Brad Adamonis
Michael Allen
Robert Allenby
Stuart Appleby
Eric Axley
Paul Azinger
Aaron Baddeley
Ricky Barnes
Cameron Beckman
Rich Beem
Notah Begay III
Matt Bettencourt
Jason Bohn
Olin Browne
Bart Bryant
Paul Casey
Alex Cejka
K.J. Choi
Daniel Chopra
Fred Couples
Ben Crane (WD)
Brian Davis
Jason Day
Chris DiMarco
James Driscoll
Jason Dufner
Steve Elkington
Bob Estes
Steve Flesch
Harrison Frazar
Fred Funk
Jim Furyk
Lucas Glover
Mathew Goggin
Jason Gore
Paul Goydos
Nathan Green
Bill Haas
Todd Hamilton
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Matt Hill
Charley Hoffman
Billy Horschel
Charles Howell III
Ryuji Imada
Fredrik Jacobson (WD)
Lee Janzen
Richard S. Johnson
Anthony Kim
Jeff Klauk
Greg Kraft
Cliff Kresge
Martin Laird
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Michael Letzig
Peter Lonard
Davis Love III
Steve Lowery
Bill Lunde
Will MacKenzie
Jeff Maggert
Hunter Mahan
John Mallinger
Steve Marino
David Mathis
Troy Matteson
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
Parker McLachlin
George McNeill
Rocco Mediate
John Merrick
Bryce Molder
Ryan Moore
Kevin Na
James Nitties
Sean O’Hair
Nick O’Hern
Joe Ogilvie
Jeff Overton (WD)
Greg Owen
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
Corey Pavin
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Tim Petrovic
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Aron Price
Ted Purdy
Brett Quigley
Jeff Quinney
Chez Reavie
Chris Riley
John Rollins (WD)
Justin Rose
John Senden
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Vaughn Taylor
Nicholas Thompson
Marc Turnesa
Bo Van Pelt
Johnson Wagner
Charles Warren
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson (WD)
Boo Weekley
Mike Weir
Charlie Wi
Dean Wilson
Mark Wilson
Tiger Woods
Y.E. Yang

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Garrigus, Robert (IN)
Stadler, Kevin (IN)
de Jonge, Brendon (IN)
Chalmers, Greg
Weibring, Matt
Sterling, Scott
Micheel, Shaun
Day, Glen
Levin, Spencer
Jones, Matt