Player to watch at ATT National: Steve Marino

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Player to watch

Steve Marino

Age » 32

Who » One of three Northern Virginia natives in the field. The others are Kris Blanks (Lee) and Billy Hurley III (Loudoun County). Marino (W.T. Woodson) played college golf at the University of Virginia and has won nearly $9 million without a PGA Tour victory. Has been runner-up four times and finished third twice.

Knee injury » Since undergoing knee (meniscus) surgery in October of last year, Marino has played just six times. He has missed the cut in three events this month, shooting an opening-round 84 at the U.S. Open. "Coming back and playing one of the hardest golf courses in the world, in hindsight, maybe I wasn't ready for that kind of a test," Marino said.

Complications » When Marino returned in January, he made the cut at two events, playing in severe pain. "I ended up having a bone contusion on the tip of my tibia and my femur, and I had this thing called avascular necrosis where there was no blood flow to the injured area. It wasn't healing, so basically my bone was dying, and they wanted me to just stay off it," Marino said. "It was just one of those things where it took a lot of time for it to heal and for me to be able to get back and walk right."

AT&T National » This will be the sixth AT&T National for Marino, who shot a 65 to take the lead in the opening round in 2008 at Congressional and contended until the third round.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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