What a wonderful day it is when I get to talk about Tiger Woods, a PGA Tour event and Philadelphia all in one post. Thanks to the AT&T National Golf Tournament moving to Aronimink Golf Club this year, this perfect storm (sans the blonde, red, brown and gray beard of George Clooney) has come together. Usually, the AT&T National is held at Congressional Golf Course in Bethesda (fun to say in Dan Kaplan voice), Maryland. However, since the U.S. Open is being held there in 2011, Aronimink got the nod. Being that this tournament benefits the Tiger Woods foundation, is hosted by Tiger, and Tiger is the defending champion, I am going to venture to say that the luck will be with Eldrick this week.
Aronimink Golf Club is located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes outside of Philly and is currently ranked as the #3 private course in the state of Pennsylvania (for those keeping score, my old country club is ranked #6, Saucon Valley is ranked #7, and Lehigh CC a distant #16). Aronimink is a Donald Ross designed course, and keeping with the Ross tradition features strategically placed bunkers and water, challenging doglegs, and extreme elevation changes and undulation. Similar to Pebble Beach, it also has a great variety of short and long holes to test all the skills of a golfer. Furthermore, as it is a links course it will be a good tune up for the upcoming British Open. With all that said, here's a list of people who could feel the brotherly love in Philly this weekend.
Tiger Woods- Tiger is due. He showed signs of brilliance at Pebble Beach, but his short game held him back from winning. If he can correct those mistakes this week, I like him to end his drought. I hope he wins. Simply put: "This is Tiger's tour. And now it's Tiger's turn."
Sean O'Hair- O'Hair quietly finished tied for 12th at Pebble Beach, and also makes his residence in nearby West Chester, PA. Also home of these clowns. Look for him to be the crowd favorite.
Jim Furyk- Furyk also hails from West Chester, but I bet nobody in West Chester cares. Still , look for him to have a good week.
Rickie Fowler- I said the kid was gonna win on tour sometime this year. Why not bring my prediction home right in Philly and add even more perfect to the perfect storm?
Notah Begay III- Just kidding. The only reason he is in this tournament is because he is Tiger's boy.
Phil Mickelson- Just kidding again. Phil is not playing in this tournament. I guess he is too good to play for a charity tournament. What a jerk.
Fredrik Jacobson- I'll throw the Euro in for all of TPLIYP's international readers out there, including all my Asians and Ethan128.
Honestly, I have no idea who is going to win this tournament because Aronimink hasn't been used for any PGA Tour events since 1962. So I went with some hometown favorites and some potential sleepers. I think and I hope it is Tiger's time to re-establish himself on the PGA Tour though. Let's all enjoy a nice weekend in beautiful suburban Philadelphia and celebrate our nation's birthday win a win by Tiger Woods. Happy 4th everyone!