SOUTHERN PINES (North Carolina): Two weeks after becoming a father, Tiger Woods will return to the US PGA Tour at the AT&T National, where he is host of the new tournament next week at Congressional Country Club ou tside Washington.
Woods is scheduled to announce his participation today, a tournament official said on Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending the official announcement.
That he is playing is no surprise.
Woods joins Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to host a US PGA Tour event while active, and it became more likely he would play the AT&T National when his wife gave birth to their first child, a girl named Sam Alexis, on June 18.
He skipped the Buick Open this week, where he was defending champion at an event run by one of his top sponsors. It was only the second time Woods has not played as the defending champion.
Woods has not played at Congressional since the 1997 US Open, where he finished 10 shots behind Ernie Els in a tie for 19th.
The AT&T National, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, came together quickly. The Fourth of July holiday week on the schedule became vacant when the International cancelled its tournament in Colorado.
Woods tournament was created a month later, and it caused a brief stir when the tour said it would be limited to 120 players.
The field for the July 5-8 event includes three of the top four players in the world, with Jim Furyk (No 3) and Adam Scott (No 4) previously announcing they would play. Vijay Singh also committed, although he was having an MRI on his elbow this week.
Woods became a father the day after the US Open, where he made only one birdie over the final 32 holes and finished one shot behind Angel Cabrera. AP