Coming off the best finish of the golf season (better than the majors don’t @ me), the PGA Tour heads to a new course for this years Quicken Loans National. TPC Potomac takes over the host duties from Congressional for its first Tour event since 2006. With that in mind, past winners of the event can all but be thrown out. I will try and impart some wisdom after hours and hours of research (maybe one hour of research over hours if we’re being honest), and take a look at some names that could be in contention on Sunday.
Rickie Fowler finished second in this tournament two years ago behind Troy Merritt and is a pretty easy pick in any tournament he enters. With an underwhelming finish at the U.S. Open, maybe he flies a little bit under the radar here but the guy still has the best scoring average on Tour. He’s second in total strokes gained and is the best player in the field which is the simple answer to why I think he wins.
Hope every one is sitting down for another shocking prediction…Justin Thomas will bounce back after missing the cut last week. This kid is a monster and also pretty immature which is a big reason his Sunday at the Open crashed like a blimp on fire. He may not win but I’ll bet he’s in the top 10 considering he leads the Tour in top-10 finishes. Am I making this all too simple? Definitely, but who am I to argue with numbers in a game as volatile as golf?
My sleeper pick is Si-Woo Kim. The Players Championship winner is one of the golfers who has experienced the course from the Web.com Tour with a T-11 finish in 2013. He clearly has the game to win and is money around the greens. The rest of his stats are pretty terrible but his experience at the course could trump that.
- Rickie Fowler
- Patrick Reed
- Si Woo Kim
- Xander Schauffele
- Russell Henley
- Jason Kokrak
- Justin Thomas
- Tony Finau
- Boo Weekley
- David Lingmerth
Storylines to Watch:
- Tiger is skipping host duties for the event to continue getting his pain meds under control. We all love and miss you Eldrick.
- How many announcers will say that the Spieth celebration was too much? Hopefully none. My wish is for Rickie to bury a putt and run around the green like he’s riding a horse. Okay maybe THAT would be too much but that celebration was amazing and is certainly welcome in a game that has a main demographic of retirees.