Preview: 2011 AT&T National Pro-Am

Fifty-two professionals and 156 amateur golfers will play together over the course of this weekend as they hit the course at Aronimink Golf Club for the 2011 AT&T National Pro-Am.

This year’s tournament hosts an accomplished field including defending champion Justin Rose, 2010 FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Jim Furyk, and World Golf Hall of Famers and three-time major winners Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.

Other major winners hunting for Rose’s trophy (as well as the $1.116 million cheque and 500 FedExCup points awarded to the winner) this week are 2009 U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover, 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy, 2003 Masters champ Mike Weir, 2003 British Open champ Ben Curtis, 2003 PGA champion Shaun Micheel, 1997 British Open winner Justin Leonard and 1995 PGA champion Steve Elkington. Nick Watney is probably the field’s top player right now, sitting fifth in the FedExCup standings and 15th in the World Golf Rankings.

Also included in the reckoning are a pair of highly touted amateurs — Oklahoma golfer Peter Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion who won this year’s Ben Hogan Award, recognising the top NCAA golfer, and is expected to play in July’s British Open, and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay, who finished tied for 21st , and placed as top amateur, at the recent U.S. Open Championship.

Tiger Woods will be in attendance at the course, but unfortunately for golf fans not in a playing role, instead he will watch on as a spectator as he has yet to recover fully from the knee and Achilles injuries that forced him to withdraw from the US Open.

The AT&T National, which benefits the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, and the Tiger Woods Foundation, catches the PGA TOUR stars in peak form as it is held 11 days after the U.S. Open’s final round and eight days before the beginning of British Open week. will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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