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05/25/2011

Rose, Woods, Furyk lead AT&T National early commitments

2011 tournament to be held June 28-July 3 at Aronimink Golf Club
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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Defending champion Justin Rose; 2010 FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Jim Furyk; and Tiger Woods -- the 2007 and 2009 FedExCup champion and the 2009 AT&T National champion -- headline a noteworthy field of early commitments for the 2011 AT&T National. The fifth-annual PGA TOUR event will be held June 28-July 3 and features a $6.2 million purse and a $1.116 million first-place check.

The AT&T National -- staged at Aronimink Golf Club (7,237 yards, par 70) for the second consecutive year -- has also received playing commitments from nine 2011 PGA TOUR champions (as of May 18): Mark Wilson, No. 3 in the FedExCup standings and one of two double-winners on the PGA TOUR; 2011 THE PLAYERS and 2007 AT&T National champion K.J. Choi; 2009 U.S. Open and 2011 Wells Fargo Championship winner Lucas Glover; top-15 FedExCup players Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker; D.A. Points, Johnson Wagner, Michael Bradley and impressive PGA TOUR rookie Brendan Steele. Rickie Fowler -- a 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup player -- 2008 AT&T National champion Anthony Kim, 2008 FedExCup champion Vijay Singh and top-15 FedExCup players Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan have also committed.

The AT&T National -- which benefits the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia and the Tiger Woods Foundation -- comes eight days before the start of Open Championship week and provides a vital opportunity for golfers to build momentum going into the season's third major. The four-round, 72-hole showcase begins Thursday, June 30, with live, daily coverage on Golf Channel. CBS will air live network coverage of the AT&T National on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3.

With more commitments to come in the next month, the early field includes many accomplished golfers:

Justin Rose: Age, 30; Hometown, London; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $1,342,182. Four weeks after his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2010 Memorial, he won his second event at last year's AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club by a stroke with a score of 10-under-par 270; tied for 16th at the 2009 AT&T National and tied for 30th in 2007; holds three top-10 results in 2011, including a tie for third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; finished fourth at the 1998 Open Championship as a 17-year-old amateur.

Jim Furyk: Age, 41; Hometown, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $736,070. 16-time PGA TOUR winner who tied for third at the AT&T National in 2007 and 2008, tied for seventh in 2009 and tied for 33rd last year; 2010 FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year who won three times last year -- Transitions Championship, Verizon Heritage and THE TOUR Championship. Has two top-10 results in 2011.

Tiger Woods: Age, 35; Hometown, Orlando, Fla.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $571,363. The PGA TOUR's active leader with 71 victories (third most in PGA TOUR history) and 14 major championships (second most in TOUR history); the 2007 and 2009 FedExCup champion; won the 2009 AT&T National with a closing round of 67 to hold off Mahan; tied for 46th in last year's AT&T National, missed 2008 with a knee injury and tied for sixth in 2007; placed in a tie for fourth at this year's Masters.

K.J. Choi: Age, 41; Hometown, The Woodlands, Texas; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $2,915,049. Won the inaugural AT&T National in 2007 and missed the cut the next two years; won his eighth PGA TOUR title at this month's PLAYERS Championship and is No. 3 on the TOUR money list and No. 6 in the FedExCup race; was in contention on Sunday to win the Masters the past two years, finishing in a tie for eighth this year and a tie for fourth in 2010.

Nick Watney: Age, 30; Hometown, Las Vegas, Nev.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $2,791,733. Tied for seventh at the 2010 AT&T National, tied for 66th in 2009 and tied for 36th in 2008; blossoming into one of PGA TOUR's elite golfers, starting 2011 with five consecutive top-10 finishes and claiming his third title this year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Ranked No. 14 in the world, No. 4 on the PGA TOUR money list and No. 5 in the FedExCup standings.

Hunter Mahan: Age, 29; Hometown, Colleyville, Texas; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $1,870,969. Second to Woods in the 2009 AT&T National, at which he shot a course record-tying 62 in the final round; he shot a third-round 64 to tie for 12th in the 2008 AT&T National and a fourth-round 65 to tie for seventh in 2007; won in 2010 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; ranked 14th in this year's FedExCup standings and PGA TOUR money list with six top-10 results and a second at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Mark Wilson: Age, 36; Hometown, Elmhurst, Ill.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $2,482,885. Has started every AT&T National, missing the cut last year after tying for 25th in 2009, tying for 44th in 2008 and tying for 62nd in 2007; doubled his PGA TOUR win total to four by winning the second and fifth events of 2011 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Waste Management Phoenix Open; ranked No. 3 in the FedExCup standings and No. 5 on the PGA TOUR money list.

Lucas Glover: Age, 31; Hometown, Greenville, S.C.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $1,315,037. 2009 U.S. Open champion claimed his third PGA TOUR victory this year at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting in the 60s in all four rounds and winning in a playoff; has played in every AT&T National, tying for 25th in 2010, tying for fifth in 2009, tying for 54th in 2008 and tying for 12th in 2007.

Dustin Johnson: Age, 26, Hometown, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $1,501,757. Missed the cut in his AT&T National debut last year; four-time PGA TOUR winner is ranked No. 13 in the world and is one of the TOUR's longest hitters, ranking third with a 305-yard average drive; won twice on tour in 2010, including his first FedExCup playoff victory at the BMW Championship; finished runner-up to Watney at the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship and tied for third at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Sean O'Hair: Age, 28; Hometown, West Chester, Pa.; 2011 PGA Tour earnings, $247,164. Tied for 11th in front of his home crowd in the 2010 AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club, tied for 35th in 2009, tied for 75th in 2008 and tied for 25th in 2007; three-time PGA TOUR champion's best result so far in 2011 is a tie for 19th at THE PLAYERS Championship.

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