- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

The AT&T; National will be played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda in 2009, extending the relationship between the club and the Tiger Woods-hosted event, organizers announced yesterday.

Congressional members voted overwhelmingly to open the club’s famed Blue Course for the $6 million PGA Tour event for a third year. The Tiger Woods Foundation will remain the chief charitable beneficiary.

The AT&T; National was wildly successful in its first year, attracting 120 of the world’s top golfers and nearly 140,000 spectators during the week of the July 4 holiday.

“The tournament was a tremendous success,” Congressional president Bret Hart said. “Our members were proud to play an integral part in that success and at the same time allow for contributions to many well-deserving charities. That pride, coupled with the excitement surrounding the tournament, led to an overwhelming vote by the membership to be the 2009 venue for the AT&T; National.”

This year’s AT&T; National is scheduled July 2-6 at Congressional.

Congressional originally had been scheduled to hold the 2009 U.S. Amateur, leaving the AT&T; National potentially to seek a different course. But the U.S. Golf Association announced in September it will move the Amateur to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. At the time, the USGA and Congressional said the move was needed to allow the course to recover in time to play host to the U.S. Open in 2011.

No decisions have been made about the AT&T; National in 2010, but if club officials are serious about wanting time to prepare the course for the 2011 U.S. Open, the 2010 tournament might have to be held at another course in the D.C. area.

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