By Matt Hombach
Golf icon Tiger Woods was in the area last week for a news conference announcing the new tournament he will be hosting down the road in Washington, D.C. beginning this year.
Telecom giant AT&T jumped onboard later in the week as the title sponsor. This marks AT&T’s fifth active sponsorship with the PGA Tour. It also serves as naming sponsor for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Monterey, Calif., the AT&T Classic in Atlanta, the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship in San Antonio and AT&T Champions Classic in Los Angeles.
The new event, titled the AT&T National, will be played July 5-8, most likely at Congressional Country Club. The official site of the event is still to be determined. The Tiger Woods Foundation will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the event and Woods will serve as the official host, like Jack Nicklaus does at The Memorial and Arnold Palmer does at Bay Hill.
The fact that the event will have a limited field of just over 100 players by invitation only has drawn the ire of some touring pros. Several notable pros, including Rich Beem and Brad Faxon, have spoken out against the idea. As the PGA season starts to build toward the Masters in a few weeks, expect this to be a hot topic of conversation.
Congressional Country Club will likely host the AT&T National July 5-8. (Photo Courtesy of Congressional Country Club)
Woods will most likely miss the inaugural event since his wife is due to give birth to their first child around tournament time.
ANOTHER 'BIG BREAK' ON GOLF CHANNEL
Believe it or not, the Golf Channel has brought back "The Big Break" for a seventh installment. This time around, the show will feature a cast of funny, controversial and talented golfers to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start playing golf.
The highlight of the new show for many is that “Canadian Cannon” Kelly Murray is featured again this season.
Murray caught the attention of many in the golf world as an entertaining contestant on Big Break VI. In last year’s installment, Murray relished the role of resident Zen Master, philosopher, yoga practitioner and long-drive champion as he rubbed elbows with Donald Trump and had a pretty good overall run.
Murray resides and teaches golf in Reston, Va. and is best known for his Guinness World Record for the longest recorded drive of 684.8 yards, a drive he hit on a 100-foot airstrip.
Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Murray won twice on the Canadian Tour early in his career. He is also the co-record holder for the Canadian Tour's lowest score in one round with 60.
Murray still has some game, for sure. Hopefully, his luck is a little better this time around. He would make an outstanding and entertaining addition to the Champions Tour.
HELP STOP SLOW PLAY ON LOCAL COURSES
Baltimore County Golf recently announced its courses will be hosting two Pace of Play Summits later this month. Officials from the county courses are looking for feedback from golfers who regularly tee it up at any of the their six courses (Greystone, The Woodlands, Diamond Ridge, Rocky Point, Longview and Gunpowder Falls) on ways to combat slow play.
PGA professionals from each of the courses will be on hand to educate golfers on what they can personally do to speed up play and to demonstrate how one slow group can affect the pace of play of dozens behind them on a weekday morning.
Details are still being developed, but if you are interested in participating, visit www.BaltimoreGolfing.com or e-mail email@example.com.
Issue 2.11: March 15, 2007