Bill Haas made the long walk across a makeshift bridge and under the grandstands to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, high-fiving kids along the railing and raising his cap to thousands of fans who cheered as they saw him coming.
Tiger Woods can’t say whether his left elbow will be fully healed in time for the British Open, only that it will be “good enough.” Of course, he’ll be missing his own tournament at Congressional due to a left elbow strain.
With Tiger Woods and Justin Rose not playing, and a decent chance of thunderstorms, don’t be surprised if attendance at the AT&T National is as underwhelming as the field.
Already missing Tiger Woods, the AT&T National will now have to do without U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
Here’s what you may have missed, or if you didn’t, what’s worth re-reading this week (June 17-21).
Tiger Woods announced Wednesday he’d be missing his AT&T National this year – being held at Congressional Country Club from Thursday June 27 to Sunday June 30 – for a strained elbow he re-aggravated last week at the U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods spoke for some 20 minutes about the state of his game, belly putters, the U.S. Open and the AT&T National. As he was wrapping up, he needed just one word to cover the topic of Sergio Garcia.
Even with Tiger Woods in the hunt, Saturday figures to be awfully quiet at Congressional for the third round of the AT&T National.
The hype isn’t nearly as pronounced as it was when the US Open was held at Congressional last June, but the PGA Tour is back in town, and massive crowds are expected to flock to the course, despite the overpowering heat. If only D.C. had it’s own hometown hero to cheer on.
Bo Van Pelt holed out from the fairway for eagle and kept bogeys off his card for a 4-under 67. It gave him a one-shot lead Thursday in the AT&T National, which felt more like a U.S. Open than Congressional did last year.