BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Even though Tiger Woods won't be playing in this year's AT&T National Golf Tournament at Congressional Country Club, that doesn't mean there won't be some of the world's greatest golfers on display.
Adam Scott, this year's Masters champion, will lead the field as probably the most recognizable player at the tournament in Bethesda.
Joining Scott, will be huge golf names like Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.
Woods is excited about getting the big names to Congressional, to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and Wounded Warriors.
"The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It's especially difficult not defending my own tournament. It's going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support," Woods said.
"We are excited to host our seventh AT&T National next week at Congressional. We have a great field of 132 professional golfers, a fantastic course, and what is sure to be exciting golf competition," said tournament director and president & CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation Greg McLaughlin. "We're excited Tiger is going to be in DC this week to support the Foundation and the event."
This year's field also includes a nice blend of experience and youth. Bo Van Pelt was runner-up at the 2012 AT&T National and has had a solid 2013 campaign. He will be challenged by former Major champions Furyk (U.S. Open) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open), Cabrera (Masters), Stewart Cink (British Open), Vijay Singh (PGA and Masters) and recent U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III (PGA). Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Jordan Spieth head a group of rising young stars.
All will be playing for a purse of $6.5 million, including a top prize of $1.17 million.
Last year, Woods posted rounds of 72-68-67-69 to finish at 8-under 276, two strokes better than Van Pelt. Scott finished third. Notably, Day and Mahan shared eighth, while Watney placed 10th.
This marks the seventh year of the AT&T National and the fifth time it has been held at Congressional. Congressional has hosted five major championships, including three U.S. Opens, one U.S. Senior Open and one PGA Championship. The Blue Course is expected to measure 7,569 yards and plays to a par-71.