Tiger Woods yesterday announced he will play in this year’s AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, unsurprising but important news for the event.
Woods hosts the tournament, which also benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. But yesterday’s official announcement that Woods will be back in Bethesda in late June means to expect big crowds. Tiger draws big crowds.
“I’m really looking forward to defending my title at the AT&T National,” Woods said on the tournament website. “The Washington, D.C., community has been so supportive of the tournament, and I’m excited to play Congressional Country Club.”
Saturday third round action during last year’s tournament was closed off to spectators after the powerful derecho ripped through the area, leaving Congressional and the surrounding area littered with downed trees and power lines.
That led to the strange scene of Woods and the rest of the PGA Tour even field playing with no spectators. They returned in force for Sunday’s final round, in which Woods secured his second AT&T National win.
This year’s tournament is set for June 27 to June 30, though practice rounds and other festivities will start on Monday, June 24.