This week the PGA Tour comes back the United States after two weeks on foreign soil for the Quicken Loans National hosted by Tiger Woods.
The Quicken Loans National tees up at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainsville, VA. It is a different venue than last year (Congressional) but still a solid spot. As a par 71 there is a chance we will see some low rounds with generous landing areas and large greens. The hot putter will win this week.
As stated above Tiger Woods is the host this week. There will be many out there that think that maybe THIS WEEK will be the time he turns it around. Let us say this, he will be around for the weekend. He has to. He gives the winner the prize on Sunday afternoon!
1. Rickie Fowler – Already 2 wins on the season, Rickie seems to have figured out how to win. His length off the tee and his suddenly solid putting will put him right in the middle of things come Sunday afternoon at RTJ. A win here certainly shoves Rickie into the spotlight and maybe the only guy to even be in Jordan Spieth’s rear-view mirror for Player of the Year honors.
2. Bill Haas – We know he has not played well lately (3 missed cuts in a row). That is all the more reason to pick him in this, less than stellar, field. It is the type of course he can find his groove again. Sharp iron play will serve him well hitting into the massive greens at RTJ. He won’t charge out front but will be slowing playing his way into contention by Sunday.
3. Justin Rose – Is it boring to pick the defending champ? Maybe. He is coming off a T6 at St. Andrews. Even at a different venue we still like his chances to win again this week. Rose is a bulldog and if he gets the putter hot he could run away with this thing.
Wild Card Pick:
Ollie Schniederjans is our pick here this week. Why not? All the kid has done was finish T12 at The Open Championship two weeks ago and then last week at Glen Abbey, in his pro debut, finish T22. The kid is fearless on the course. Plus his iron play is strong. As stated before that will be an asset getting close to the pin on the monster greens at RTJ. Go get ’em kid!!
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