Date: June 26, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

All Aussie flavour at Congressional

Masters champion Adam Scott will join Jason Day and Marc Leishman in an All-Australian pairing for the 2013 AT&T National, held this week at Congressional Country Club in Maryland. The Devereaux Emmett course has proven a happy hunting ground for Australians in recent years. Scott finished third behind Tiger Woods at the 2012 event and Day finished second to a barnstorming Rory McIlroy at the U.S Open in 2011 at the same venue. Day arrives on the back of his tie for second at the U.S Open a fortnight ago which lifted his world ranking from 25 to 16. Joining Scott, Day and Leishman in the field are Greg Chalmers, John Senden, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones and Stuart Appleby who sealed his best PGA Tour finish in more than two years last week at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Defending champion Woods announced this week that he will be unable to participate due to a left elbow injury. “The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It&aposs especially difficult not defending my own tournament. It&aposs going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support,” Woods said. All will be playing for a purse of $6.5 million, including a top prize of $1.17 million. Last year, Woods posted rounds of 72-68-67-69 to finish at 8-under 276, two strokes better than Van Pelt. Scott finished third. Notably, Day and Mahan shared eighth, while Watney placed 10th. This marks the seventh year of the AT&T National and the fifth time it has been held at Congressional. The club has hosted five major championships, including three U.S. Opens, one U.S. Senior Open and one PGA Championship. The Blue Course is expected to measure 7,569 yards and plays to a par-71.