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Congressional drops US Amateur

When Tiger Woods beckons, not even the appeal of hosting a famed national championship can stand in his way.

Congressional Country Club will not play host to the 2009 US Amateur golf tournament as planned, the Washington Post reported Thursday, opening the way for Woods' new signature US PGA Tour event, the National, to return there.

Citing unnamed club and US Golf Association (USGA) sources, the newspaper reported that Congressional, which was to host the 2009 US Amateur August 24-30, will drop that event and instead host Woods' event in 2009 and 2008.

Concerns by PGA players, club officials and USGA over the condition of greens from last July's inaugural National contributed to the decision, the Post reported.

A two-year renovation ahead of Congressional hosting the 2011 US Open could begin two months earlier than planned by dropping the 2009 US Amateur, which the report said was likely to shift to Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma - site of last month's PGA Championship where Woods' won his 13th major crown.

Congressional members approved hosting the National in 2007 and 2008 and Woods has said he wants to play it on the course every year.

Members would have to approve hosting in 2009 but dumping the US Amateur clears the way for that to occur.

A USGA source told the Post there was no chance the 2011 US Open would be moved from Congressional.

The course would not be available to host Woods' event in 2010 or 2011 due to the 2011 US Open being played there, sources told the Post, also saying the club appeared to have no desire to host two events in one year.

The event could be moved from the Washington area in 2011 to avoid a fight for sponsor money and resources between ther June Open and Tiger's event but it also could be shifted to a different time and course.

The Robert Trent Jones course at suburban Gainesville, Virginia, has been mentioned as a possible alternate site. That course is a four-time host of the Presidents Cup matches between US and non-European International teams.

 

 




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