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Tiger on the Hill

Golf fans on Capitol Hill, take note: Tiger Woods is on the prowl.

As part of the roll-out for the new PGA Tour event held here in the Washington area this summer, Woods will be on the Hill next week along with Tim Finchem, the commissioner of the Professional Golfers' Association, for a little sit-down coffee with members of Congress.

According to Finchem, Woods would "love to meet" members of Congress.

And we can only envision how much they want to meet Tiger, how popular this simple coffee will be. After all, Woods is a sort of transpartisan, the uber athlete in what is perceived as a Republican game, but as a minority a stand-out athlete for liberal Democrats to admire as well.

Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) has offered legislation at least three times to award Woods the Congressional Gold Medal, and about 10 members have signed on as co-sponsors.

Woods is using his Tiger Woods Foundation to sponsor the tournament. It's a multimillion-dollar nonprofit helping youths with education and athletics, and the fact that Woods is coming to Capitol Hill to promote the tournament this summer may signify an effort to expand the foundation.

The time and place of the coffee with Woods has yet to be determined, but, as Finchem wrote in an e-mail to members -- which was forwarded to Capitol Briefing -- he'll keep you posted. Here's what the commissioner wrote:

From: [redacted]
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:51 PM
Subject: PGA TOUR in Washington

I wanted to share with you some exciting news we will be announcing later today.

Later this afternoon, we will be announcing a partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation that will result in a new PGA TOUR event coming to Washington, D.C., starting in July, 2007.

The tournament week will be July 2-8, 2007 with the Tiger Woods Foundation serving as the event's host organization and primary charitable beneficiary. A press conference is scheduled for March 7, 2007 in Washington, D.C. where additional details will be announced, including the event's title sponsor and the charitable vision for the tournament. We are very excited to work with the Tiger Woods Foundation and to be able to bring the PGA TOUR back to Washington, D.C. during the 4th of July holiday celebration.

Prior to the press conference on March 7, Tiger and I will host a congressional coffee on Capitol Hill for members of Congress. We'd love to have you come meet Tiger and hear about the vision for this tournament. We will be getting to you later this week the details of the time and location of this reception but we wanted you to put it on your calendar.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the PGA TOUR returning to Washington, D.C. and we hope to see you on March 7.

Best regards,

Timothy W. Finchem

By Paul Kane  |  February 28, 2007; 10:08 AM ET
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