Last week Tiger Woods committed to the 2010 U.S Open at Pebble Beach in June, and Quail Hollow which begins next week. As of Wednesday, two more tournaments can be added to the schedule, as the top-ranked player committed to both The Players Championship and the AT&T National.
Again, Woods commits to two tournaments much earlier than usual, as he has typically waited until the deadline before submitting his name. This benefits the tournaments, who can get out the word that Woods will be a participant, which almost certainly increases the ticket sales and buzz about the event.
Woods has won both events, having not won The Players Championship since 2001 and routinely struggling at the Stadium Course. However, it is one of the biggest events and deepest fields of the year, and now Woods can be added to the list.
“This is our event, and it always attracts one of the best fields of the year,” Woods remarked by way of his website. “It’s a tournament everybody wants to win.”
Woods’ commitment to The Players Championship comes a week after 2010 Masters winner Phil Mickelson submitted his entry form.
“We are thrilled to add Tiger Woods to THE PLAYERS Championship field and really appreciate the fact that he gave us advance notice so we can generate additional excitement here in the community,” remarked Jay Monahan, who is the Vice President and Executive Director of THE PLAYERS. “This is a huge boost for what was already shaping up to be an incredible week for our fans on site and those watching around the world. The addition of the world’s No. 1 player will only enhance THE PLAYERS, and we look forward to welcoming Tiger — and what we hope will be record crowds — to TPC Sawgrass.”
Woods was the former host of the AT&T National up until AT&T dropped him as a sponsor at the end of 2009.
The tournament will still continue to benefit Woods’ charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Quail Hollow will mark Woods first tournament since the 2010 Masters in which he made his return from a five-month self-imposed absence following a sex scandal that revealed several acts of infidelity on the part of the top-ranked golfer.
He came to Augusta and finished in fourth place.
2010 U.S Open odds on Online Sportsbooks have Woods as the betting favorite to win at Pebble Beach. Last time the U.S Open was held at Pebble Beach was in 2000, in which Woods won by a record 15 shots.