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If Woods’ event leaves Congressional, Pa. course could be next for tourney

May 21. 2013 12:40AM
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BETHESDA, Md. — The head of the Tiger Woods Foundation still smiles broadly when asked about the contributions of the officials, staff and golf course at Aronimink Golf Club during the two years the Newtown Square, Pa., facility hosted the AT&T National.

And with the PGA Tour event founded by the world’s No. 1 player entering the last two years of its contract with Congressional Country Club, it could find a home at Aronimink again.

Greg McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of the Tiger Woods Foundation, said Monday he has stayed in touch with Aronimink officials since the tournament left Delaware County and would love to return there if Congressional did not wish to renew its contract with the event.

McLaughlin also said he had talked to officials at other courses in the Philadelphia area but did not identify them.

“We love Aronimink, no question about it,” McLaughlin said at the AT&T National media day attended by Woods. “It was phenomenal, an A-plus. Let me just make sure I’m clear: They would be our first choice, without question.”

Aronimink officials could not be reached for comment.

The AT&T National moved to Aronimink in 2010 while Congressional was undergoing renovations to prepare the course for the U.S. Open, and stayed there in 2011 when the suburban Washington club hosted the Open.

The members at Congressional narrowly approved a three-year contract for the tournament after its stay at Aronimink, and the belief is that the club would not want to give up the course for the event past 2014.

Woods said Monday that tournament officials were having “ongoing conversations” with Congressional. But he added that the event has other options.

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