We look to turn around some tough luck as of late and Washington DC is the perfect place to do that. This week the TOUR heads to the capital city for the AT&T National Tournament. The field is stocked with top end talent and they will be trying to conquer a great course in Congressional Country Club. Last years United States Open was held here and the players will hoping to dominate the course like Rory McIlroy did. Let’s take a closer look at one of the premier courses in the United States.
This week will be the 4th time Congressional is the home of the AT&T National Tournament. Over the years the course has made the players question plenty of shots and become annoyed with the subtle breaks in the greens. At 7574 yards the course plays into the hands of players who can bomb the ball out there. To add to the difficulty it is a Par 71.
Though it may be seen as a bomber paradise, all players will have to navigate these difficult greens this week. They were all completely revamped in preparation for the 2011 US Open with a sub air system and changed from Poa to Bentgrass. Look for the greens to be running lightning fast with perfect conditions expected.
My favourite hole on the course is the 11th. It is one of those holes you love to watch but would absolutely hate to play because of its difficulty. Players have to navigate a Par 4 that stretches 494 yards and has a stream running down the entire right hand side. You will see plenty of approach shots end up in the left hand greenside bunker due to the water hazard on the other side. A par on this hole is picking up shots on the field.
The course record here is shared by Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan who each shot sizzling rounds of 62 in 2009. I will be extremely surprised if anyone can go that low this week but hopefully it is someone from the list below. Here is the six pack…
Steve’s Six Pack Picks for AT&T National Tournament
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Ryan Palmer (35 TO 1) – Palmer is going to win very soon and I am hoping it is this week. Over his past 5 starts he has been arguably the best player on Tour, achieving results of T4, CUT, T9,T5 and T3. When professionals continue to put themselves in position to win, it usually happens for them at least once.
Ryan is a solid all-around player but the best part of his game is his putting. Ryan ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes gained through putting, 19th in total putting, and 4th for putting from 5-15 feet. On a course that demands great putting Ryan is in great form with the flat stick and I expect him to utilize this at Congressional.