Quicken Loans National

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Quicken Loans National
Tournament information
Location Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Established 2007, 9 years ago
Course(s) Congressional Country Club
Blue Course
Par 71
Length 7,569 yards (6,921 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.9 million
Month played June (2016), August (2015)
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Troy Merritt (2015)
To par −18 as above
Current champion
United States Billy Hurley III
Congressional Country Club is located in USA
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Location in Maryland

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 was last held from July 30 to August 2, 2015. 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.[1] The Quicken Loans National is a standard 72-hole stroke play event, and 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.[2][3] 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.[4] The tournament was played at Congressional from 2012 to 2014[5] and will return in 2016, 2018, and 2020.[6] It was played in Virginia at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville in August 2015 and will be played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland, in 2017.[6]

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).[7][8] CBS Sports and Golf Channel currently carry the Quicken Loans National on television.

Invitational status[edit]

The Quicken Loans National is one a few tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour,[9] 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). Other tournaments with invitational status include the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, and the Memorial Tournament. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 100 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).

Field[edit]

Tiger Woods at the pro-am in 2009

The field consists of 120 players invited using the following criteria:[10]

  1. Quicken Loans National winners from past five years
  2. The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
  3. The Tour Championship and World Golf Championships winners in the past three years
  4. Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial Tournament winners since 2015
  5. Tournament winner in past 12 months
  6. Prior year U.S. Amateur winner
  7. Current PGA Tour members who were playing members on last named U.S. Ryder Cup team, European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team
  8. Top 125 from prior year FedEx Cup points list
  9. Top 10 from current FedEx Cup points list (as of Friday prior)
  10. 8 sponsors exemptions – 2 from Web.com Tour finals, 2 members not otherwise exempt, and 4 unrestricted
  11. Remaining positions filled from current year FedEx Cup point list

Course[edit]

Blue Course (2014)

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 402 233 466 470 413 555 173 354 636 3,702 218 489 471 193 467 490 579 437 523 3,867 7,569
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 35 71

Source:[11]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Host club
Quicken Loans National
2016 Billy Hurley III  United States 267 −17 3 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh 1,242,000 6,900,000 Congressional Country Club
2015 Troy Merritt  United States 266 −18 3 strokes United States Rickie Fowler 1,206,000 6,700,000 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club
2014 Justin Rose (2)  England 280 −4 Playoff United States Shawn Stefani 1,170,000 6,500,000 Congressional Country Club
AT&T National
2013 Bill Haas  United States 272 −12 3 strokes United States Roberto Castro 1,170,000 6,500,000 Congressional Country Club
2012 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 276 −8 2 strokes United States Bo Van Pelt 1,170,000 6,500,000 Congressional Country Club
2011 Nick Watney  United States 267 −13 2 strokes South Korea K. J. Choi 1,116,000 6,200,000 Aronimink Golf Club
2010 Justin Rose  England 270 −10 1 stroke United States Ryan Moore 1,116,000 6,200,000 Aronimink Golf Club
2009 Tiger Woods  United States 267 −13 1 stroke United States Hunter Mahan 1,080,000 6,000,000 Congressional Country Club
2008 Anthony Kim  United States 268 −12 2 strokes Sweden Fredrik Jacobson 1,080,000 6,000,000 Congressional Country Club
2007 K. J. Choi  South Korea 271 −9 3 strokes United States Steve Stricker 1,080,000 6,000,000 Congressional Country Club

Future sites[edit]

Year Host club Location
2017 TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac, Maryland
2018 Congressional Country Club Bethesda, Maryland
2019 Lakewood Country Club Rockville, Maryland
2020 Congressional Country Club Bethesda, Maryland

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Host course not chosen yet for AT&T National". ESPN. Associated Press. March 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Congressional will host Tiger, AT&T National". ESPN. Associated Press. April 6, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Tiger Woods and AT&T National to Return to Congressional Country Club in 2009". AT&T National. 
  4. ^ Woods' tournament moving to Philly area for 2010–11 Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Svrluga, Barry (July 1, 2009). "As host of the AT&T National, Tiger Woods is busy this week – but he expects to win". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ a b "TPC Potomac to host Quicken in '17". ESPN. Associated Press. October 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "On Golf: AT&T at Aronimink in '11?". Philadelphia Inquirer. March 2, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Woods expects to play at Open". Philly.com. Daily News Wire Services. May 28, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Field for Tiger's tournament set at 120". golf.com. March 29, 2007. 
  10. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2014 PGA Hole Statistics - Quicken Loans National". ESPN. June 29, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°59′46″N 77°10′34″W / 38.996°N 77.176°W / 38.996; -77.176