The Quicken Loans National is being held at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in DC for the second year in a row. The National was first held in 2007 so it is a fairly young tournament but one that the players certainly have prepared for.
At last year's tournament, Justin Thomas stated, “You could 100 percent host a U.S. Open here, starting tomorrow. You really could.”
Those are very strong words out of JT who received strong words of encouragement from his "G Ma" as he is taking the National off to spend time in Paris to compete in the French Open.
Two time winner Billy Hurley 3rd stated, “There are no low scores here," during last year's inaugural tournament at TPC Potomac.
Defending champion Kyle Stanley had other ideas as he won last year's Quicken Loans National with a score of 7-under.
As I said before, the player's are certainly aware of the difficulty of this course. TPC Potomac finished as the hardest non-major course on Tour in the 2017 season and the fourth hardest tournament on Tour only behind the PGA Championship, The Masters, and the Open Championship. Last year's Quicken Loans National played more difficult than both The Players Championship and the U.S Open.
Not only was the course considered the fourth hardest test all season during 2017, the par-4 11th hole played as the hardest hole on the ENTIRE PGA Tour. It scored closer to a par 5 than a par 4 as well as 12 of the 18 holes at TPC Potomac playing over par.
Considering this year the player field is considered to be one of the weakest all season, expect the winning score to be around Stanley's 7-under once again.
Rickie Fowler comes in as the betting favorite at 7/1 odds as he should being the highest world ranked golfer in the field coming in ranked #8. Tiger, world rank #16 Marc Leishman, & world rank #15 Francisco Molinari are trailing behind him 12/1 & 16/1 (Leishman & Molinari) respectively. Defending champ Kyle Stanley's odds are at 20/1.
Other notables to be aware of Stewart Cink after an impressive performance at the Traveler's last week, 19 year old Joaquin Niemann who only needed 5 professional starts to earn Special Temporary status for the rest of the season, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat who placed 15th at Shinnecock Hills.
This marks the return for Tiger since the U.S. Open. Let's all hope Big Cat can put all of the pieces to the puzzle in his game together for the upcoming tournament.
BTW: Tiger using a new putter this week??