Tour Returns to D.C. With Woods in Tow

The Associated Press
Tuesday, February 27, 2007; 7:33 PM

-- The PGA Tour is returning to the nation's capital with a guy who carries more clout than anyone in golf: Tiger Woods.

Woods will join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as hosts of a PGA Tour event, although still to be announced was a title sponsor and a golf course for the new tournament in the Washington, D.C., area during Fourth of July week.

The Tiger Woods Foundation will run the tournament, and the foundation will be the chief beneficiary of charity.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to expand awareness and interest in the work we're doing for millions of kids across the country," Woods said in a statement. "I'm grateful the PGA Tour selected us as partners and am very excited my foundation will host another amazing event, this time in our nation's capital."

The tournament will be held July 5-8 and takes the spot in the schedule that once belonged to the International outside Denver.

The International cancelled its event three weeks ago because it could not find a title sponsor. Tournament founder Jack Vickers attributed the demise to Woods not playing his event.

That won't be a problem in Washington.

Woods probably won't play his new event this year because his wife is expecting their first child in early July. But he figures to be a regular in the long haul, especially with his foundation running the tournament and getting a big portion of the charity.

The world's No. 1 player has only competed three times in the area _ twice at the Presidents Cup held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in northern Virginia, and at the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.

The relationship between Woods and a PGA Tour event is even stronger than the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston, which also benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods has never missed that event, which is now part of the FedExCup playoff series.

He is host of the Target World Challenge, an unofficial event in December for 16 top players, which benefits the Tiger Woods Learning Center and other programs in his foundation.

Greg McLaughlin, president and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, said the Washington event won't have any immediate affect on the silly-season event held at Sherwood Country Club.

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