Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:30 AM
Published on: Thursday, June 27, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
BETHESDA - Tiger Woods and Justin Rose will be sidelined for the AT&T National this weekend at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Rose, who won the U.S. Open earlier this month, has opted to skip the event, citing exhaustion.
“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the AT&T National, but the last three weeks have been extremely demanding both mentally and physically,” he said in a statement. “This tournament has been very good to me – especially in 2010 – and I would play if I felt I could.”
Rose, who captured the AT&T National three years ago, has been on a whirlwind tour ever since he won his first major title two weeks ago at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. The South African-born English golfer also played last week at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Woods, the world’s top-ranked golfer, announced last week on his personal website that he will sit out the annual tournament that he hosts due to an elbow injury.
“I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain,” said Woods.
“I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I’ll be ready to go for the British Open, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C. area.”
Woods captured last year’s AT&T National with a 2-shot win over Bo Van Pelt and was seeking to defend his title.
“The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation,” he said. “It’s especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It’s going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support.”
Woods struggled at the U.S. Open earlier this month, shooting a 13-over 293 to finish in 32nd place.
Congressional Country Club has hosted the AT&T National since 2007. The event moved to Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania for two years and made its return to Congressional last year.
Despite Woods’s absence in the playing field, the list of golfers scheduled to participate this year includes Masters champion Adam Scott along with Van Pelt, last year’s runner-up.