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Here are my fantasy picks for this week’s AT&T National:

A: Jim Furyk (Backup: Nick Watney)
B: Bo Van Pelt (Backup: Justin Rose)
B: Erik Compton (Backup: Hunter Mahan)
C: Gary Woodland (Backup: Patrick Cantlay)

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This week on the PGA Tour it’s Tiger Woods’ event, the AT&T National from Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia. Tiger, obviously, is not playing this week but they still have a very good field. Justin Rose is the defending champion.

TV Coverage is Golf Channel, Thursday-Friday 3-6pm ET, Saturday-Sunday 1-2:30pm ET, and CBS, 3-6pm ET on Saturday and 3-6:30pm ET on Sunday.

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The PGA Tour announced today that The Barclays, the first event in the FedEx Cup held in the NYC metropolitan area, will enter a course rotation beginning next year:

Bethpage Black — 2012
Liberty National — 2013
Ridgewood — 2014
Plainfield — 2015
Bethpage Black — 2016

Good news for the NYC area golf fanbase.

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Tiger Woods finally has his first post-scandal sponsor. The problem: for most people, they’ll probably respond who?

Tiger signed a three-year deal today to promote “‘Vantelin Kowa,’ a heat rub used to relieve muscle and joint pain.” Tiger will be in commercials promoting the product airing in Japan.

According to the article, Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s agent said he’s had discussions with companies on a sponsor for Tiger’s bag but nothing is imminent.

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We learned the following in Tiger Woods’ press conference at the AT&T National today:

1) The Tiger Woods Foundation is opening up a new Learning Center campus in Philadelphia.
2) His knee and Achilles are feeling better.
3) He is no longer using the crutches and walking boot.
4) There is no timetable for his return.
5) The British Open is still TBA.
6) He has begun putting, but nothing else.
7) He made a mistake in playing The Players and would be playing right now if he didn’t tee it up there.
8. He is determined to listen to his doctors and get back to 100%.
9) He still thinks he can break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.
10) He thinks Rory McIlroy right now is better at his age than Tiger Was in 1997 at 21.

And the most important thing we learned from Tiger Woods press conference today….

He is sick of the Dora the Explorer theme song.

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This is the week every year where this blog gets inundated with people furious with how ESPN2 and NBC show Wimbledon week 2 matches — some on tape, some live, and some stuff that won’t get shown until 9 hours after its happened. USATODAY.com’s Michael Hiestand took a look at the whole decision making process and its results:

First the basics. All ESPN2 Wimbledon daytime match coverage this week will be live. (ESPN2 also has taped prime-time coverage.) The variables include whether there will be matches in progress during ESPN2’s hours — and whether ESPN2 will be able to cover certain matches.

On Monday’s Round of 16 action, the women’s quarterfinals Tuesday and men’s quarterfinals Wednesday, ESPN2 starts with coverage running from 7 a.m. ET to 10 a.m. ET. On those days, it will also have coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET that will run until at least 5 p.m. ET.

NBC, on Monday through Wednesday, will cover Wimbledon between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in all time zones. Meaning, it will let its Today show keep its regular schedule everywhere. That might infuriate tennis fanatics. But it’s understandable for a network to protect its highly rated morning show rather than let viewers wander off and perhaps never return.

So who will show what and when? Monday through Wednesday, NBC will pick the match it wants to show. At Wimbledon, play begins on all courts by 8 a.m. ET. But whenever NBC’s selected match is played in real time, you’ll see it at 10 a.m. in your local time zone. (And, again, count on not missing a minute of Today.)

Now, things get more complicated. No matter when NBC’s match on those days is played in real time — and it could be over before NBC comes on-air — you won’t see highlights or scores from those matches on ESPN2 until at least 1 p.m. ET. And in the Pacific time zone only, you won’t see the ESPN2 coverage that begins at 1 p.m. ET — because it would directly overlap with NBC’s coverage.

Moving onto Thursday’s women’s semifinals and Friday’s men’s semifinals, NBC’s coverage will shift to noon to 5 p.m. — again, in all time zones. Meanwhile on Thursday and Friday, ESPN2’s coverage will remain at 7 a.m. ET.

Each day, NBC will choose the semifinal it wants. If it’s the day’s second semifinal, ESPN2 can go ahead and air the first one live. But if NBC picks the first semi, ESPN2’s morning coverage will consist of filler like chat and highlights — and won’t be allowed mention what’s happening in NBC’s match until NBC finishes airing it in all time zones. Which could happen well after the match is over.

If NBC picks the first semifinal, leaving ESPN2 with the second one, ESPN2 could still air that second match live — as long as it starts well before noon ET, when NBC’s coverage begins. Meaning that ESPN2’s live coverage of the second semi could overlap a bit with NBC’s taped coverage of the first one. But, if ESPN2 is carrying a second semifinal and it begins too late to be carried live during NBC’s taped coverage, viewers might see that ESPN2 semi at 8 p.m. ET — possibly nine hours after it started.

So there you have it.

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Tiger Woods’ AT&T National is this week, and while he won’t be playing in it due to injuries he will still be there to fulfill his hosting duties.

As a result, he is having a press conference which probably won’t produce much news of anything — but hey, you never know, and with the British Open only two weeks away, we could get an answer on if Tiger will be playing there.

The news conference will take place at 2pm ET/11am PT and will be broadcast LIVE on Golf Channel and PGATOUR.com at that time.

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