We are halfway through the season and the grind is well on it's way for fantasy owners. Those in Yahoo leagues have finally moved to the "Summer" portion of the schedule; we only have two majors left to be played, and more than a few of you are still in striking distance of respectable finishes in your fantasy leagues. It's already been a grind and we still have a long way to go, but we come off a strong performance at the Travelers with one of the best non-major tourneys laying in wait to greet us to a new week.
The AT&T National has a very shallow history in terms of time on the PGA Tour, but the fans here have been blessed to watch many of the game's elite doing battle against the man that was working his way toward rank as the best ever. Tiger Woods has fallen off that pace (as well as the list of competitors for this week's trip to Pennsylvania). His frustration continues as the former AT&T National champ battles persistent knee injury; while all of us to continue to battle without one of the top fantasy commodities we would normally target, especially in this particular week. This tends to be one of the definitive spots for Tiger to roar and without him taking part, we are left with a field that is still strong but that is also missing one of it's best and most reliable performers.
Still, with that said, we face some respectable choices and believe this course will serve us well. Aronimink has served as host for other prestigious events in the past, including the 1962 PGA Championship, the 1977 US Amateur, the 1997 US Junior Amateur, and the 2003 Senior PGA Championship. However, it has not been in the regular PGA rotation at all. Nearly 300 yards have been added to the layout to bring it to PGA standards (from 6,955 yards to 7,237). Designed by Donald Ross, Aronimink has been constructed with obvious influence from links-style golf where Ross hails from. The course is known for dangerous hazards (particularly around the greens) and a noteworthy lack of vegetation (at least that will likely play a role in action this week). The greens are forgiving, but they tend to contain difficult rolls and topography.
Restoration in 2003 put emphasis on length (normally added via tee box replacement) and, if the scores from the '03 Senior PGA Championship are any indication (won by John Jacobs with an overall score of four stroke under par), it may be difficult to find low round this week.Golfers listed in this article: