Quicken Loans National Tees Off: Thursday, June 26th
Congressional Country Club – Bethesda, MD
Odds to Win Tournament(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.com)
|Brendon De Jonge||60-to-1|
|Charles Howell III||70-to-1|
|Bo Van Pelt||85-to-1|
The PGA Tour takes its skills to Maryland for the Quicken Loans National this weekend, as the players are coming off an exciting tournament in the Travelers Championship where Kevin Streelman shot two consecutive 64’s to finish with a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi. This tourney is fairly new and has been hosted by Tiger Woods and his foundation since it started in 2007 while formally being sponsored by AT&T. Last year, veteran Bill Haas dominated this par-71, 7,569-yard course, shooting a 68 or better in each of his final three rounds and finishing 12-under; three strokes better than runner-up Roberto Castro. The big news this week is the return of Woods, who is a two-time winner at this tournament and has seen his world ranking drop to fourth during his injury absence. Woods will light a fire under the rest of the players on tour this week, so let’s take a look at a few guys who could take him head-on at his own tournament and come away with a victory.
Golfers to Watch Justin Rose (15/1): Rose has not played in this tournament since 2011, but he won it back in 2010 and followed that up with a solid 15th-place finish the next year. He has played in just 12 PGA events this year, finishing in the top-10 five times, but failing to crack the top-3 yet. He’s had an impressive scoring average (70.02, 18th on tour) while also being amazing out of the sand (61.1%, 5th on tour). Rose is due for a big performance and is playing on a course that he has won on before.
Jason Day (25/2): Day has placed in the top-25 in his past three tries at this tournament and the 7th-ranked player in the world has five like finishes in seven tourneys this year; including one victory and one runner-up performance. He has an amazing scoring average of 69.57 so far this season, and looks poised to grab his third career PGA Tour victory very soon.
Brandt Snedeker (25/1): Snedeker is another player who has positive experiences in this tournament, finishing in the top-16 three different times; including an 8th-place showing here last year. He has not been having his best season in 2014, but recently placed ninth at the U.S. Open and followed that up with an 11th-place finish last week at the Travelers Championship. The six-time winner on the PGA Tour has too much pedigree and experience to not grab a win sometime in the near future.
Bill Haas (30/1): Haas was the victor here last season and had placed in 34th in each of the previous two seasons. The 32-year-old has made the cut in every event he has finished already this year while finishing in the top-10 three times. He has used his amazing ability to save from the sand (60.8%, 8th on tour) to keep him in contention most weekends, and Haas should be a solid bet to be near the top of the leaderboard at week’s end as he looks to repeat his Quicken Loans National title.
Brian Harman (70/1): Harman has been having the best season of his young career as he currently ranks 42nd in the FedEx Cup standings while already having seven top-25 performances in 22 starts this year. He placed 6th in the St. Jude Classic earlier this month and has been one of the best par-3 performers this year, scoring a birdie or better 16.5% of the time (12th on tour). Harman has never won on the PGA Tour, but with a fairly weak field this weekend, he has a good chance to pay off in a big way.