Tiger Woods Returns to Aronimink

The PGA Tour returns to the Delaware Valley one more time when the AT& T National Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, comes back to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square from June 29 to July 3. Last year’s event was a huge success, with the players tested to their limits on the long and difficult Donald Ross design. Good weather helped to bring in overflow crowds, giving hope that the PGA Tour might return to this area on a regular basis if a slot should open up on the tour schedule.

Justin Rose will return to defend the title he won with a score of 8-under par 272, but all eyes will again be focused on Tiger Woods, plagued by injuries and fallout from his “Thanksgiving massacre” of 2009. Tiger has fallen out of the top 10 in the world golf rankings, first time in 14 years, hasn’t won anywhere in the world in over 2 years, and his goal of overtaking Jack Nicklaus’ record on 18 major championships, once thought a sure thing, now looks doubtful. But Tiger will still bring out the large crowds, all hoping the AT&T will be the beginning of his comeback. It’s great that there are all the long hitting young guns and great players from around the world, but it’s much more fun when Tiger is in the hunt on Sundays. Let’s hope that July 3rd will be that kind of day.


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