The PGA Tour is in Pennsylvania this week for the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club. Tiger Woods is defending champion and he’ll aim to make it back into the winner’s circle for the first time since returning to competitive action earlier this season.
There’s a new venue for the AT&T this year. For the last three seasons the tournament has been contested at Congressional Country Club in Maryland. But in 2010 the competition heads for Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania.
Originally designed by renowned course architect Donald Ross back in 1928, the layout at Aronimink was remodelled by Ron Pritchard in 2000. At over 7,000 yards, it’s a long par 70 with just two par 5s and numerous long par 4s to contend with. Aronimink was the venue for the PGA Championship of 1962 won by Gary Player.
At last season’s AT&T National, Tiger Woods held off a charging Hunter Mahan to take the title by a single stroke. Mahan blistered around Congressional in 62 on the Sunday. But Woods held firm down the stretch to keep the younger man at bay.
Venue: Aronimink GC, Newton Square, Pennsylvania
Date: Jul 1-4
Course stats: par 70, 7,237 yards
Purse: $6,200,000 Winner: $1,116,000
Defending Champion: Tiger Woods (-13)
Thursday 1 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 7pm
Friday 2 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 7pm
Saturday 3 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 6pm
Sunday 4 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 5pm
Tiger Woods – His 66 in the third round at Pebble Beach gave a glimpse of the old Tiger and hinted that his return to the top level may be imminent.
Jim Furyk – The veteran is enjoying an excellent season with two wins to his name already in 2010. He’s an accurate player, a good scrambler and a fierce competitor.
Rickie Fowler – Twice a runner-up in 2010, it’s only a matter of time before the youngster bags his first victory.
Key hole: 17th. A 212 yard par 3 that plays downhill. There’s a steep bank short and left of the green and anything that just misses the surface could roll down into the lake. There could be big scoring swings on this hole.
Skills required: Long iron play. The shortest par 4 on the course is 393 yards and three of the four par 3s measure over 200 yards. As such, the players will often find themselves firing long irons into the putting surfaces. Look out for great ball strikers this week – Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler.