Weekly Preview: Quicken Loans National

Brofessional Golfer’s Weekly Preview: Quicken Loans National

June 23-26

Congressional Country Club, Blue Course

Bethesda, Maryland

 

How and When to Watch

Live TV Coverage

Thursday and Friday:

Golf Channel 3:30 – 6:30 PM E.T.

Saturday and Sunday

Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:30 PM, CBS 3:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Past 5 Winners

2015- Troy Merritt

2014- Justin Rose

2013- Bill Haas

2012- Tiger Woods

2011- Nick Watney

 

Purse: $6,900,000

Winning Share: $1,242,000

FedEx Points: 500

 

Analysis

The Quicken Loans National is in a tough spot the week after the U.S. Open, but that doesn’t mean the field is a bunch of scrubs. There are currently 33 golfers scheduled to play who competed in last week's U.S. Open at Oakmont. However, due to the Olympics, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler are the only top 20 players in the field. This will be the seventh time that the tourney benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation will be held at Congressional in Maryland. In its tenth year, the Quicken Loans National is a regular stop for many pros on the PGA Tour which means it will undoubtedly be an eventful tournament. Honestly, what else is there to watch this week? NBA playoffs are done and your favorite MLB team continues to tank so might as well kick back and enjoy this tournament.

The QLN won’t be a walk in the park following the tough conditions at Oakmont last week. Congressional is home to some difficult par 5’s and it was the fourth hardest track in birdies or better during the 2014 season. Expect many players to be scrambling to make the cut, should make for an exciting tourney. The broadcasters will be following hole number 10 closely for the hole in one sweepstakes as well.

Troy Merritt will be defending his only title on the PGA Tour so it will be interesting to see how the young golfer handles himself. Jim Furyk is coming off an exceptional final round at the U.S. Open, so expect a large following for the old grinder. Patrick Reed enters the tourney ranked number one in the pgatour.com power rankings. Although he failed to make the cut at Oakmont, he has strung together nine top 10 finishes on the year which puts him as co-leader in that category. Rickie Fowler also failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open but is looking to bounce back and redeem himself at Congressional CC.

Gary Woodland enters the tourney at 28/1 odds and could prove to be a sleeper pick. He ranks fourth on tour in driving distance which will help him tremendously on this long course.

Kevin Chappell’s odds are 33/1 and he currently ranks seventh on tour in strokes gained approaching the green. This should play in his favor where hitting good approach shots are a make or break.

Hudson Swafford is listed with 66/1 odds heading into the tourney. Honestly, I don’t know who the hell he is, but he ranks fifth in driving distance so he’s worth looking into.

Full odds listed here

 

Other notables in the field this week include:

Charley Hoffman, Daniel Summerhays, Bill Haas, KJ Choi, Ernie Els and Brendan Steele

 

“Expert” Picks

Marcello – Bryson DeChambeau

Neves – Justin Thomas

The People’s Golfer – Charley Hoffman

Rico Dangles – Jim Furyk

Schank – Justin Thomas

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