Voice of change


BETHESDA, Md. – When it comes to all things golf, Tiger Woods’ voice is normally the loudest in the room, next year’s AT&T National being a rare exception.

Because the U.S. Open is scheduled to be played on Congressional’s Blue Course in 2011, Woods has been forced to find a new home for his tournament for two years. The Donald Ross-designed Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia is a more-than-agreeable stand-in, but the temporary eviction notice still causes a collective double-take.

“It's unfortunate, with the U. S. Open coming here, and we have no choice. We have to go, and it's part of what the USGA makes you do,” Woods reasoned. “Unfortunately we have to go.”

Woods did say he hopes the tournament stays at Congressional “for perpetuity,” an endorsement that should give club officials a not-so-gentle nudge.

Of course, there is one voice in Washington, D.C., that echoes louder than any. Asked on Tuesday if he had any plans to see President Barack Obama this week: “I've put out an invite for him to come out here. He's a little bit busy. There might be a couple things on his plate.”