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Woods, Obama Are Making Plans for a Very Powerful Pairing in Washington

Tiger Woods hosts a PGA Tour event in the D.C. area once again as some of the best golfers in the world converge at Congressional Country Club's Blue Course.

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By Barry Svrluga and Kathy Orton
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, July 6, 2009

After winning the AT&T National yesterday at Congressional Country Club, Tiger Woods has done just about everything he wants to in the Washington area. He has played in, and won, Presidents Cups. He has hosted his own tournament, and won it. He participated in the run-up to President Obama's inauguration.

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That, though, is where the next step might be. Woods said yesterday, after he won his tournament, that he and Obama have talked about playing golf together -- and they will in the future.

"His schedule and my schedule are a little bit busy," Woods said. "His is really busy. He's got a lot on his plate.

"We'll get it done sometime down the road. I don't know when, but we will definitely do it."

Once that pairing happens, Woods said he has just one other item to check off his to-do list in Washington.

"The only thing I haven't done here," he said, "is go to a Skins game yet, but hopefully I can do that down the road."

Lee's Change of Plans

Danny Lee was scheduled to fly to Scotland last night to play a European Tour event -- until he finished tied for seventh at the AT&T National. His top-10 finish earned him a spot in this week's John Deere Classic, which meant he had to cancel his European travel plans and make flight arrangements for Silvis, Ill. Lee doesn't have status yet on the PGA Tour and is trying to win enough money to earn his tour card. He is allowed seven sponsorship exemptions and has used five. He won't have to use a sponsor's exemption on John Deere, which leaves him two more tournaments to earn enough money. Lee took home $180,750 from the AT&T National, giving him $350,054 for the year. He needs to win an additional $187,904 to earn his card.

"I don't really worry about the money at the moment," Lee said. "I'm just pumped up that I can play another PGA event with all those great players in the world. I'm just happy to be there and happy to golf there and play well."

"Right now the priority for him is to get the PGA Tour card without having to go to [qualifying] school," said Michael Yin of IMG World who represents Lee. "If we play next week [at John Deere], all the top players are [taking the week off before] the British Open. It gives us a chance."

Punching Tickets to British

Three players qualified for the British Open by playing well at the AT&T National. Paul Goydos and Bryce Molder were top money winners and Brandt Snedeker was a nonexempt player who finished among the top five.

Molder, who will make his first British Open appearance, needed a strong finish this weekend to qualify. He shot a 2-under 68 to finish fourth.

"I knew I was very close," he said. "I knew it was a lot of factors going on. It wasn't just me. I just happened to play really well. I'm really excited. That means a lot. I'm looking forward to it."

Record-Setting Crowds

With Friday's record-setting crowd of 46,932, the AT&T National already set a tournament attendance record before yesterday. More than 150,000 fans had come out this week, surpassing the 2007 total of 139,389. Yesterday's attendance of 43,936 boosted the new record to 194,073.

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