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Congressional to host Tiger's event

The membership of Congressional Country Club voted to host Tiger Woods' new tournament for the next two years.

Club president Stuart Long said Friday that more than 90 percent of the members said yes to the AT&T National, scheduled this year for July 5-8. About 1,300 members voted using mail-in ballots over the past three weeks.

The tournament, which will be run by the Tiger Woods Foundation, replaces the International outside Denver, which was canceled earlier this year because organizers couldn't find a sponsor. Woods announced his new tournament in February before he had a venue in place, but he and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem openly lobbied for Congressional to host the event.

"It's one of the great venues that we have in the United States," Woods said after his second round at the Masters. "We're very excited. We couldn't have asked for a better start to our tournament."

Still to be determined is the tournament's permanent home. Congressional is already scheduled to host the 2009 U.S. Amateur and the 2011 U.S. Open.

"We're pretty much booked through 2011," Long said.

Alternative sites in the Washington area include TPC at Avenel in Potomac, which is owned by the PGA Tour and is scheduled to undergo major renovations. Avenel was the longtime home to a PGA Tour tournament until last year, when sponsorship and scheduling issues led to its cancellation.

Also in the area is the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., which has hosted the Presidents Cup.



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