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DATES: Thursday, July 1st through Sunday, July 4th
SITE: Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
COURSE ARCHITECT: Donald Ross (1928), Ron Pritchard (2001)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,237
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 430 Yds10 - Par 4 454 Yds
2 - Par 4 422 Yds11 - Par 4 412 Yds
3 - Par 4 446 Yds12 - Par 4 465 Yds
4 - Par 4 466 Yds13 - Par 4 393 Yds
5 - Par 3 178 Yds14 - Par 3 218 Yds
6 - Par 4 400 Yds15 - Par 4 500 Yds
7 - Par 4 401 Yds16 - Par 5 558 Yds
8 - Par 3 238 Yds17 - Par 3 215 Yds
9 - Par 5 605 Yds18 - Par 4 436 Yds
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35 3,586 Yds35 3,651 Yds
 
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 2-6:30 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Tiger Woods
Runner-Up:  Hunter Mahan
Tournament Record:  267 (Tiger Woods, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Tom Pernice Jr, 2008; Tiger Woods, Anthony Kim, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Tiger Woods, 2009)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, 2009 - Congressional CC)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tiger Woods267Brandt Snedeker273
Hunter Mahan268Cameron Beckman274
Anthony Kim271Jim Furyk274
Bryce Molder272Danny Lee274
Lucas Glover273Vijay Singh274
 
Past AT&T National Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Tiger Woods (267) -- Hunter Mahan
2008Anthony Kim (268) -- Fredrik Jacobson
2007K.J. Choi (271) -- Steve Stricker

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200720082009
Tiger WoodsT-6---Won
Hunter MahanT-8T-122nd
Bryce Molder------4th
Lucas GloverT-12T-54T-5
Brandt SnedekerT-8mcT-5
Jim FurykT-3T-3T-7
Cameron Beckman---T-72T-7
Vijay SinghT-12---T-7
Davis Love IIImcT-27T-16
Justin RoseT-30---T-16
Stuart ApplebyT-3T-60T-16
Rod PamplingT-19T-3T-20
Daniel ChopramcmcT-20
Ryuji ImadaT-69mcT-22
Y.E. Yang------T-22
Aaron BaddeleyT-69---T-25
Sean O'HairT-25T-75T-35
Chris DiMarcoT-40---T-44
Rocco MediateT-8T-18T-54
Nick Watney---T-36T-66
Robert AllenbyT-6T-3mc
Ben Crane---T-63---
Rickie Fowler---------
Dustin Johnson---------
Scott Verplank---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Alex Cejka
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Padraig Harrington) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jay Williamson) - Finished tied for 42nd
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour heads to Pennsylvania this week for the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square. Eight of the top-30 players in the world are scheduled to compete this week in suburban Philadelphia, including world No. 1 and defending champion Tiger Woods. Joining Woods are Jim Furyk (5), Robert Allenby (14), Lucas Glover (21), Y.E. Yang (22), Hunter Mahan (24), Dustin Johnson (25) and Sean O'Hair (27). O'Hair lives is West Chester, Pennsylvania and is a member at Aronimink.

Aronimink Golf Club hosted the 1962 PGA Championship, won by Gary Player; the 1977 U.S. Amateur Championship, won by John Fought; the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, won by Jason Allred; and the 2003 Senior PGA Championship, won by John Jacobs. Congressional Country Club hosted this event the first three years (2007-09). Aronimink will host this tournament in 2010 and 2011 as Congressional prepares to host the 2011 U.S. Open.

This is the first PGA Tour event held in the Philadelphia area since Waynesborough Country Club staged the 2002 SEI Pennsylvania Classic, won by Dan Forsman.

Last year, Woods won this event for the first time, firing rounds of 64-66-70-67 at Congressional Country Club. Woods finished at 13-under 267, which was a new tournament record, and won by a single stroke over Mahan, who matched the course record in the final round with an eight-under 62. Anthony Kim, the 2008 champion, who had the old tournament mark and set the course record of 62 in the first round, began the final round tied with Woods, but struggled on the final day. He posted a one-over 71 and finished third at minus-nine.

In what was hyped as a battle between the best and an heir apparent, Woods had more to deal with from Mahan than Kim. With Mahan in the clubhouse at 12-under par, Woods was tied for the lead with time running out on the back nine. At the par-five 16th, Woods drove into the left rough, then knocked his second short and right of the putting surface. He didn't hit a great chip, but gave himself 20 feet for birdie and the lead. When he lined up his birdie effort, Woods walked off in disgust when a camera clicked. He went through his routine all over again, then stroked home the 20-footer for the lead. With a one-shot lead, Woods found the fairway and made a routine par at 17. At the last, Woods landed in the short grass and hit a beautiful approach 15 feet from the cup. Woods ran his birdie putt a little past the hole and tapped in his par putt for his third of six wins in 2009.

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 event. He finished at nine-under-par 271 at Congressional for his second PGA Tour win of 2007.

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 Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia and the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the event will honor United States military men and women. The tournament offers free admission to military personnel and they will receive special seating and hospitality tents.

Next week, the PGA Tour travels to Illinois for the final tune-up before the British Open, the John Deere Classic, where Steve Stricker won the 2009 event.

06/29 14:48:15 ET

As of June 29, 2010, at 02:48 PM ET

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