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Groups to Watch at AT&T National: A Fan's View

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The AT&T National will tee off on Thursday, June 28. Though plenty of big names are skipping the event, there will still be some strong players at Congressional. The biggest name in the field is Tiger Woods, and whenever he plays a tournament feels a little bigger. Not surprisingly, Woods' presence makes his group the biggest one to watch at the event.

Here is a look at the groups to watch at the AT&T National:

Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, and K.J. Choi

Woods might have faded at the U.S. Open but he brings a lot to this event. He is one of the few golfers to own more than one victory in 2012. Despite his ability to win, Tiger has battled inconsistency throughout the year. He has just three top-10 finishes so far in 2012, a low number by his standards. It's been a tough year for Watney, who has just two top-10 finishes. He has finished outside of the top 50 five times in his last nine events. Choi, the 2011 Players Championship winner, has also struggled. He hasn't finished in the top 10 since the season opening event.

Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, and Davis Love

Johnson and Mahan are both among the best golfers playing right now. Johnson is clearly healthy after dealing with several injuries and already has a victory in 2012. Mahan has two wins but hasn't finished in the top 10 in his last seven starts. This is also the third straight week he is playing, so he might be exhausted. Love is the old guy in the mix but brings a lot of star power to the group.

Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, and Ben Curtis

Scott has decent finishes at the year's two majors but hasn't done much outside of that. Still, he shot 70 in each of the last three rounds at the U.S. Open, so he should feel a little confident. Leishman just won his first PGA tournament at the Travelers Championship. A win here would be quite an achievement for him. Curtis had a string of three top-5 finishes in four events before missing the cut at the Memorial. This is his first event in about a month.

Jason Day, Jim Furyk, and Robert Garrigus

Furyk has had a week to think about his U.S. Open collapse. After missing out on a second major title, it will be interesting to see where his head is when this event opens. Meanwhile, Day has had an interesting year. He hasn't finished better than 59th at a major but does have a pair of top-10 finishes in other events. It's hard to tell what you will get from him. However, Garrigus has struggled more than anyone in this group. He hasn't finished in the top 40 in his last three events.

* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.

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