The AT&T National golf tournament will get underway on Thursday, but there will be a couple golfers noticeably missing when the action gets underway.
Last year’s champion and the only repeat champion (also won in 2009) since the tournament started in 2007, Tiger Woods, will not be participating in this year’s tournament as he has withdrawn on doctor’s orders because of a left elbow strain. He is targeting the British Open for his return, so he will be out of action for a couple weeks.
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has also withdrawn from the tournament due to fatigue. After winning the U.S. Open, Rose had a decent weekend at the Travelers Championship, finishing 13th. Rose won the AT&T National in 2010, so he is the second of two former champions that will be on the sidelines this time around.
In the meantime, a full field of golfers will be taking the course to become the next AT&T National champion. The main focus this weekend may very well be on Adam Scott, who already won the Master’s earlier this year. Scott last played at the U.S. Open and tied for 45th, so he will be looking for a rebound outing this weekend. He has finished in third place at the tournament for the past two years, and will be looking to make the jump and win the championship this year.
Two previous champions that will be taking part in the tournament this weekend are Nick Watney (although he won the AT&T National when it was played at Aronimink Golf Club) and K.J. Choi. Neither golfer has won a tournament so far this year, so they may be looking to dip into a little of their old magic this weekend.