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PGA - AT&T National Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 5th
SITE: Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Devereux Emmett (1922), Donald Ross (1930),
         Robert Trent Jones Sr (1957), Rees Jones (1990s, 2006)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,255
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 402 Yds10 - Par 3 218 Yds
2 - Par 3 232 Yds11 - Par 4 489 Yds
3 - Par 4 455 Yds12 - Par 4 415 Yds
4 - Par 4 427 Yds13 - Par 3 187 Yds
5 - Par 4 407 Yds14 - Par 4 454 Yds
6 - Par 4 518 Yds15 - Par 4 439 Yds
7 - Par 3 174 Yds16 - Par 5 579 Yds
8 - Par 4 354 Yds17 - Par 4 437 Yds
9 - Par 5 602 Yds18 - Par 4 466 Yds
35 3,571 Yds35 3,684 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Anthony Kim
Runner-Up:  Fredrik Jacobson
Tournament Record:  268 (Anthony Kim, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Tom Pernice, Jr., 2008)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Jeff Overton, Tom Pernice, Jr., 2008)
Course Record:  63 (Tom Pernice, Jr., Peter Lonard, 2008)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
2008 Finish
Anthony Kim268Nick O'Hern271
Fredrik Jacobson270Rod Pampling271
Robert Allenby271Dean Wilson271
Tommy Armour III271Alex Cejka272
Jim Furyk271Jeff Overton272
Tom Pernice, Jr.272
Past AT&T National Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Anthony Kim (268) -- Fredrik Jacobson
2007K.J. Choi (271) -- Steve Stricker

Top Contenders in the Field
Anthony KimT-25Won
Jim FurykT-3T-3
Robert AllenbyT-6T-3
Rod PamplingT-19T-3
Nick O'HernmcT-3
Pat PerezT-3T-12
Hunter MahanT-8T-12
Rocco MediateT-8T-18
Davis Love IIImcT-27
Fred Couples---T-27
Nick Watney---T-36
K.J. ChoiWonT-49
Lucas GloverT-12T-54
Stuart ApplebyT-3T-60
Fred FunkT-62T-63
Sean O'HairT-25T-75
Brandt SnedekerT-8mc
Mike WeirT-8mc
Jeff QuinneyT-12mc
Ryuji ImadaT-69mc
Daniel Chopramcmc
Jason GoreT-66wd
Paul Goydos---wd
Tiger WoodsT-6---
Vijay SinghT-12---
Chris DiMarcoT-40---
Aaron BaddeleyT-69---
Paul Casey------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Paul Goydos
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sergio Garcia) - Finished tied for 43rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Moore) - Finished tied for 4th
The PGA Tour heads to Maryland this week for the AT&T National at historic Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Seven of the top-17 players in the world are scheduled to compete this week, including world No. 1 and tournament host Tiger Woods. Joining Woods are Paul Casey (3), Jim Furyk (9), Vijay Singh (10), Sean O'Hair (13), defending champion Anthony Kim (15) and U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover (17). Woods finished tied for sixth at this event in 2007, but missed the tournament last year due to knee surgery. The purse increased $200,000 this year to $6.2 million, with the winner receiving $1,116,000.

Last season, Anthony Kim shot a five-under 65 in the final round to squeeze past a tight field and win the AT&T National by two shots over Fredrik Jacobson. It was Kim's second career PGA Tour title, the first coming just two months prior when he claimed the Quail Hollow Championship. Beginning the final day three shots behind, Kim started strong with a birdie at his first hole. But it may have been his consistency that eventually helped him the most. Kim collected five consecutive pars before making his next birdie at the par-three seventh. He made back-to-back birdies at the ninth and 10th holes to take a two-shot lead. And when he rolled in a five-foot birdie putt at the 16th, Kim held a three-shot lead. Kim made consecutive pars to finish the round, which was good enough to hold off Jacobson's late charge.

In 2007, K.J. Choi played a beautiful round of two-under 68 on the final day and in the process cruised to a three-shot victory at the inaugural AT&T National. He finished at nine-under-par 271 at Congressional for his second PGA Tour win of 2007. Choi earlier won the Memorial, which is hosted by Jack Nicklaus, and now he added Woods' event for a unique pair of victories.

The AT&T National is an invitational featuring a field of 120 players. It replaced The INTERNATIONAL on the PGA Tour schedule in 2007. Tournament proceeds benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and the event will honor United States military men and women. Tournament officials distributed 30,000 free tickets to military personnel and they will receive special seating and hospitality tents. The Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am will be played on Wednesday in honor of Tiger's father, who passed away in 2006.

Congressional Country Club hosted the 1964 and 1997 U.S. Opens, the 1976 PGA Championship, the Kemper Open from 1980-86 and the 2005 Booz Allen Classic. The Blue Course at Congressional has also hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur (1949), U.S. Women's Amateur (1959), U.S. Senior Open (1995) and will play host to the 2011 U.S. Open. The 2010 and 2011 AT&T Nationals will be staged in suburban Philadelphia at Aronimink Golf Club due to the 2011 U.S. Open Championship.

Exemptions were handed out to Notah Begay III, Chris Riley, Olin Browne, Charles Warren, Paul Azinger, Jason Gore, Matt Hill and Billy Horschel. Hill, who is a junior at North Carolina State, is the only amateur in the field. He captured the NCAA Division I Championship last month, becoming the first player from North Carolina State to achieve that feat.

Next week, the PGA Tour travels to Illinois for the final tune-up before the British Open, the John Deere Classic, where Kenny Perry won the 2008 event.

06/30 15:59:23 ET

As of June 30, 2009, at 03:59 PM ET

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