AT&T NationalTees Off: Thursday, June 27
Congressional Country Club Ė Bethesda, MD
Odds to Win Tournament(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.ag)
|Bo Van Pelt||30-to-1|
|Charles Howell III||50-to-1|
|Brendon de Jonge||50-to-1|
|FIELD (Any other golfer)||9-to-4|
For the third time in four years, tournament host (and defending champion) Tiger Woods will sit out the AT&T National, this time to rest a sore elbow. Woods has won the last two times heís played this tournament, so his absence opens things up for what will be another strong field at CongressionalÖ
Hunter Mahan (15/1): Mahanís track record at Congressional is outstanding. In this tournament he went T8 both last year and in 2011, second in 2009 and T12 in 2008. After a rough go of it in the early spring, heís finished no worse than T26 in his past five starts, including a T4 at the U.S. Open two weeks ago.
Bo Van Pelt (30/1): He hasnít played well in 2013, logging just one top-10. But a year ago at Congressional, Van Pelt entered the final round in a tie with Tiger Woods, but had to settle for a solo-runner up, two strokes behind Woods. Van Pelt also finished T14 in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. He could easily be the next surprise winner in what has been a wild year.
Jim Furyk (30/1): Itís fair to wonder whether the 43-year-old is starting to decline, having gone top-10 just twice this year, and missing the cut in two of his past four starts (including two weeks ago at the U.S. Open). But he has fared well when this tournament has been held at Congressional, recording three top-10's in four starts. And while last yearís T34 here is underwhelming, he did finish strong with a 69 on Sunday.
Jason Day (15/1): He already has five top-10's this season, including two weeks ago at the U.S Open. Day went T8 at this tournament a year ago, and he profiles strong statistically off the tee (299.8 yards, 12th on the Tour) and on the greens (.534 strokes gained, 21st on the Tour).
Ryan Palmer (40/1): He had a hot streak extinguished two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, where Palmer missed the cut at Merion. But prior to that, he had gone top-15 in three of his previous four starts, including two top-5 finishes. Palmer placed 21st at the 2011 U.S. Open, held at Congressional, and went T15 at this tournament a year ago.