It appears as though Tiger Woods won't be coming to the Philadelphia suburbs next summer after all.
AT&T Inc. announced on Thursday that it will no longer sponsor the world's top golfer, in light of his indefinite leave from the PGA Tour, according to ESPN.com. That decisison was made so he could focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity, according to Tiger's Web site earlier this month.
Woods has been the host for the AT&T National since its inception in 2007 in the Washington, D.C., area. He won the event last year. The tournament is coming to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square on the Fourth of July weekend in 2010 and 2011. Woods will not serve as host in 2010 because of his indefinite leave, according to PGA Tour spokesperson Ty Votaw, the former LPGA Commissioner. He did add, however, that the Tiger Woods Foundation will continue to be the beneficiary of the event under a contract that runs through 2014. The event is scheduled to return to Bethesda Country Club near the nation's capital in 2012. Bethesda is hosting the 2011 U.S. Open, which necessitated the temporary move.
This would seem to indicate that Woods probably won't be competing in the event, at least not this year. Which will obviously be a disappointment to the local golf community, since Woods has never played in a tournament in the Philadelphia area. EndFragment