Underwhelming Field Will Hurt Attendance at AT&T National

Sad, have a soft spot for Congressional. Great course.


With tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods not playing here for the third time in the last six years, reigning U.S. Open king Justin Rose having withdrawn on Monday, and with a decent chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, don’t be surprised if attendance at the AT&T National is as underwhelming as the field.

And why not? Our tournament, which gets going tomorrow at Bethesda’s venerable Congressional Country Club, got the shaft yet again this year.

When Rose, who won the Open and its $1.44 million top prize 10 days ago, pulled out, citing exhaustion (give us a break) there went the lure of having the winners of the year’s first two majors in the field for the first time in the event’s history. Australian Adam Scott is playing, but the 32-year-old Masters champion has nowhere near Woods’ charisma or drawing power. Nor does Brandt Snedeker, the only…

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