Tiger Woods’s annual pre-tournament appearance at Congressional Country Club came Monday, and the scene that played out — Woods, with a microphone, sitting comfortably before a throng of media members, club officials and others in a large hall at the center of the opulent clubhouse — felt at many levels customary. Woods helped save PGA Tour golf in the Washington area by bringing the AT&T National to Congressional in 2007, and his affiliation with the event and the Bethesda club has helped the tournament become a fixture on the District’s sporting calendar.
“It’s really gone by quickly,” said Greg McLaughlin, the president and chief executive of the Tiger Woods Foundation, which the tournament supports.
Woods won the 2012 title, and he’ll come to this year’s event re-established as the world’s No. 1 player, winner of four events on tour this year. But even as he arrived at Congressional Monday in his finest form since the AT&T National first played in Washington, Woods knows the future of his foundation’s signature event is approaching a crossroads. The seventh AT&T National will be staged June 27-30 at Congressional, and there will be an eighth there next summer. Beyond that, much is to be determined.