The Quicken Loans National is at Congressional this week in Bethesda, Maryland. No rest for the weary this week as the players leave Oakmont Country Club and the US Open for the Blue Course at Congressional. One tough course to another.
Troy Merritt is the defending champ at Quicken Loans National but not at Congressional. Last year it was played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia. This year it is back the The Blue Course at Congressional, a much tougher track.
This par 71 layout is a whopping 7,569 yards long. It boasts bentgrass greens that average 5,600 sq. ft in size. Congressional is one of the toughest par 71 courses on the PGA TOUR. In 2014 Justin Rose prevailed with a score of 280 (-4) for the week. The field average score was 72.5 for the week. Even the par 5s are hard to score on (4.90 average in 2014).
Needless to say, Congressional is a course that demands quality ball striking in order to have any chance at posting a score. Players that come in this week with their driver under control and their irons dialed in will have the best chance to taste victory.
- Jim Furyk – This will make my best-friend Jason happy. Furyk seems to have recovered completely from his wrist surgery. He had a tremendous round Sunday at Oakmont that lead to a T2 finish 3 shots behind winner Dustin Johnson. With that kind of form he could find himself hunting a win again this week.
- Patrick Reed – We know….he missed the cut at the US Open. But he does lead the PGA TOUR with nine Top 10 finishes this year. He is also tops in strokes-gained and that is a huge factor when playing Congressional. We see a bounce back from Patrick for sure.
- Brendan Steele – Coming off a T15 at Oakmont, Steele seems to be in top form as of late. He also has a solid history at Quicken Loans National (T16 & T5) both at Congressional. A field missing many big names could be the recipe for success for Brendan.
Wild Card Pick:
Justin Thomas is the pick here. He made more birdies than anyone in the field last week at Oakmont. Win or lose, birdies at the US Open are impressive. If he can lead the field at a track like Oakmont Country Club, he has a chance at Congressional. He needs to cut down on the mistake in between the birdies.
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