PGA Tour - Quicken Loans National June 29th - July 2nd 2017

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PGA Tour - Quicken Loans National June 29th - July 2nd 2017

Postby The rabbit » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:35 am

The Quicken Loans National ( known previously as the AT & T National ) benefits the Tiger Woods foundation and will take place from the 29th June - 2nd July 2017. Last year, the Blue course at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland hosted this event and it was the host course from 2007 - 2009 and from 2012 - 2014. This event was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia in 2015 and the Aronimink Golf Club golf course in Pennsylvania was the venue for this event in 2010 and 2011. There is another change in venue this year as the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Maryland is hosting this event for the first time.

The past nine winners of this event with their final scores are -

2016 Billy Hurley III - 17
2015 Troy Merritt - 18
2014 Justin Rose - 4
2013 Bill Haas - 12
2012 Tiger Woods - 8
2011 Nick Watney - 13
2010 Justin Rose - 10
2009 Tiger Woods - 13
2008 Anthony Kim - 12

The TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Maryland is a par 70 of 7139 yards and has two par 5's and four par 3's. It hosted a PGA tournament during most years from 1986 until 2006 when the event was discontinued. The course was then renovated a lot with every hole altered and there were major changes to about 12 holes. The new course opened in 2009 and staged the Senior Players Championship in 2010 and was used for events on the Web.com tour in 2012 and 2013.

The redesigned course has become more challenging and the final winning score in those three events were never better than - 8. The course contains a total of just over 80 bunkers and some of them are large and deeper then average. Water hazards are a feature on 10 holes whilst the rolling fairways are not particularly narrow but have some changes in elevation.The greens are Bentgrass and quite large and can play fast depending on the weather conditions.

This is not a strong event and Rickie Fowler will start as favourite.

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Re: PGA Tour - Quicken Loans National June 29th - July 2nd 2017

Postby The rabbit » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:37 pm

Rickie Fowler has the class to win this but 8/1 is too short for my liking so it will be a covering bet only on him and I am hoping that one of these other players will win :hope:

Bill Haas 30/1 produced his best effort for a while when he finished jt 5th in the U S Open at Erin Hills where he was ranked jt 10th in driving accuracy and 3rd in greens in regulation and that was an improvement on most of his previous performances this year. He has a lot of experience and has won six PGA tournaments in his career and he often plays well on difficult courses and the venue for this event may be quite a challenging one.

I consider Russell Henley 40/1 to be at his best on short par 70 courses so I am hoping he will do well this week on this par 70 course of 7139 yards. He was in good form earlier this season and won the Shell Houston Open in April and was then jt 11th in the Masters. He has only performed moderately since then but this event is not strong in depth. He has been performing well from tee to green this season and he is a good putter ( ranked 15th in the strokes gained putting stats ) so he should do well on the greens at this course.

Danny Lee 40/1 has won once on this tour which was at the Greenbrier Classic in 2015 . He produced his best effort for a while at the AT&T Bryon Nelson last month where he came jt 5th and he was then 6th at the Dean & Delucia International. He did quite well last week at the Travelers Championship and I think that this course will suit him. He has been playing better from from tee to green recently and those qualities will probably be needed this week.

Jonas Blixt 150/1 won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April with Cameron Smith as that event was a team event and he had previously won twice on the PGA tour so he is capable of playing some good golf. His main strength is his putting so he should do well on the greens at this short course and he has the experience to play well at this event which is not as strong as a lot of others on this tour.

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