Quicken Loans National
|Location||Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Congressional Country Club
Aronimink Golf Club
|Length||7,569 yards (6,921 m)|
|Prize fund||$6.7 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||267 Tiger Woods (2009)
267 Nick Watney (2011)
|To par||−13 Tiger Woods (2009)
−13 Nick Watney (2011)
The Quicken Loans National (known as the AT&T National from 2007 to 2013) is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the Washington D.C. area, held either during late June or during the Fourth of July weekend. The event is hosted by Tiger Woods and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The first edition in 2007 was held July 5–8 at the Blue Course of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, northwest of Washington. The event returned to Congressional in 2008 and 2009 and has been held midway between the U.S. Open and The Open Championship to ensure a strong field of competitors.
The event was officially announced on March 7, 2007, to replace The International, which tour officials had abruptly cancelled on February 8, 2007. The Quicken Loans National does not use the modified Stableford scoring system used by The International in Colorado.
The D.C. area hosted a regular tour event for over a quarter century. The Kemper Open arrived in 1980 but was terminated after the 2006 event. It was played at Congressional from 1980 to 1986, then moved to the nearby TPC at Avenel in 1987. Later renamed the Booz Allen Classic, Congressional hosted the tournament in 2005, while Avenel underwent renovations.
Congressional originally agreed to host the event for the first two years, and after opting out of hosting the 2009 U.S. Amateur, agreed to host the event in 2009 as well. The Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania hosted the 2010 and 2011 events, due to Congressional being reconfigured for the 2011 U.S. Open. The tournament was played at Congressional from 2012 to 2014 and will return in 2016, 2018, and 2020. It will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia in 2015 and TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland in 2017.
Other courses that were originally considered for the new tournament were in the Kansas City, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Portland areas. Possible sites for the 2010 and 2011 events were the TPC at Avenel (now TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, former site of the Booz Allen Classic) and Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, (four-time host of the Presidents Cup).
The Quicken Loans National is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and the Memorial Tournament. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).
Blue Course (2014)
|Purse ($)||Host club|
|Quicken Loans National|
|2014||Justin Rose (2)||England||74-65-71-70=280||−4||Playoff||1,170,000||6,500,000||Congressional Country Club|
|2013||Bill Haas||United States||70-68-68-66=272||−12||3 strokes||1,170,000||6,500,000||Congressional Country Club|
|2012||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||72-68-67-69=276||−8||2 strokes||1,170,000||6,500,000||Congressional Country Club|
|2011||Nick Watney||United States||70-69-62-66=267||−13||2 strokes||1,116,000||6,200,000||Aronimink Golf Club|
|2010||Justin Rose||England||69-64-67-70=270||−10||1 stroke||1,116,000||6,200,000||Aronimink Golf Club|
|2009||Tiger Woods||United States||64-66-70-67=267||−13||1 stroke||1,080,000||6,000,000||Congressional Country Club|
|2008||Anthony Kim||United States||67-67-69-65=268||−12||2 strokes||1,080,000||6,000,000||Congressional Country Club|
|2007||K. J. Choi||South Korea||66-67-70-68=271||−9||3 strokes||1,080,000||6,000,000||Congressional Country Club|
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