07/27/2015

The Quicken Loans National has changed names a few times over the years, so if you’re confused, no worries. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track, I understand. So from 2007-2013, it was the AT&T National, remember that one now? It’s Tiger’s event (or at least one of them). It’s the main Tour event that directly benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

And after watching that video, it again reinforces me with some questions about the Tiger Woods Foundation. Like why does Tiger’s name need to be branded into every element of the center? The jackets, the building, the computers– I bet even the urinals in the boys room dons his name– The Tiger Woods Foundation.

I completely understand trying to help the world. Tiger’s mission for giving kids without a chance, a chance at something great is noble. I guess I would like to see a little less self-promotion. Maybe name the place after Lee Elder, Charlie Sifford or Calvin Peete? Maybe go outside of golf and find a noble, yet reputable name.

Steve Jobs and Steve Woz named it Apple. The creators of Google didn’t go by the last name Google. Your name doesn’t need to be plastered all over something to be remembered. Any-ways….

This event has only been around since 2007, first being won by South Korean K.J. Choi by a three stroke margin over Steve Stricker. The tournament host, *cue the horns* Tiger Woods, has won the event twice in its brief history.

Course

The same way last week’s Canadian Open bounces around, so does the Quicken Loans National. Played primarily in the Washington DC area, this event now finds itself on a Robert Trent Jones course, and no, it’s not in Alabama. I think Alabama got enough with the Barbasol a few weeks ago…

Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Virginia. It’s essentially DC.

Tour the course here on PGATour.com.

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Quick Quicken Quips

  • An invitaational, this event is capped out at 120 golfers. No qualifying, only invitations
  • Guess who the founder and designer of this course was…
  • Calling the course “my masterpiece,” Robert Trent Jones opened the golf couse in April of 1991, because he felt the area needed a world renowned golf course.
  • Hosted Presidents Cups in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2005

  • You’ll get the CBS crew again this week…Jim Nantz, Peter Kostis, Nick Faldo and the boys

Last 5 Champs

2014: Justin Rose (Watch video of Justin Rose here)

2013: Bill Haas 

2012: Tiger Woods

2011: Nick Watney

2010: Justin Rose

Justin Rose is a killer at this event. His game truly is American. Heck, if it weren’t for his face and his accent, you’d think

Full Field

Click here to check out the entire 2015 Quicken Loans National (invited) field.

Question: Can someone clarify to me the criteria for entry here?

Last Week’s Picks

Jason Day 1st WIN

Brooks Koepka 18th

Pat Perez 18th

Matt Kuchar 7th

That’s four top-20s for the week, I’ll take it!

Tiger Report

Over/under: Tiger makes 4 birdies this week.

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Don’t expect to find his name below. Granted, every time he tees it up there’s a growing rush of adrenaline for me. Because the worse he plays, the more the buzz will grow when he inevitably plays his way back into contention.

It just won’t be this week.

Player Picks

Two from the Fairway (Contenders)

Justin Rose

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I threw last week’s winner (Jason Day) in this spot, in the first contenders place. Day was the prohibitive favorite, destined for a great week and sure enough, he was. I feel the same to be true this week for Mr. Rose.

A two-time winner of the event, Justin has been Justin again. Armed with a swing given to him from God and a demeanor which lends itself perfectly to playing fantastic golf. He’s a winner (at the Zurich), lost in a playoff at the Memorial and finished T6 during the frenzy at the Open.

He’s probably going to win and I’ll regret not throwing him in the winner’s circle, but I am pretty positive he’ll play some salty Justin Rose golf per usual.

Tony Finau

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Tony Finau is quietly putting together one of the best rookie campaigns of the season. In his last 9 starts on the PGA Tour, he’s locked top-25 finishes in 8 of them. From the US Open through the Greenbrier (3 rounds), he played 9 out of his 12 rounds in the 60s and has accumulated enough points to be ranked 40th in the FedEx Cup.

He’s a bomber, ranking 6th on the Tour in distance. Now his distance may mean nothing to his play this week, but his hot play coming in will absolutely aid him on a course where past results has no forbearance on play this year.

Finau’s gunna keep it rolling this week.

Bonus Contender:

Seung-Yul Noh

Aside from some sloppy play the last few days in Canada, he’s actually been quite solid this year. Noh has 3 rounds of 65 or lower in the past month and a half and hasn’t missed a Friday cut since the Memorial. I think Noh may surprise some people with a finish like a T18 or T21.

One From the Rough (Sleeper)

Justin Thomas

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He’s small, young, talented, and one of Jordan Spieth’s dear friends.

This doesn’t mean he’s going to be the Robin to Jordan’s Batman for long. Already making a name for himself as one of the longest players on the PGA Tour (along with the usuals Watson, Day, DJ and now Finau) and has racked up enough strong finishes to assure his card, have solidified FedEx Cup standing and put some dollars in the bank.

Next for Thomas– a win. He’s thirsty for it. The guy is fiesty competitive and although he loves seeing his friend Jordan succeed, deep down he’s sick of being known as his childhood friend. He wants to beat him and he wants to add hardware to his own fireplace.

Thomas has put together 6 top-10s, most recently at the John Deere where a round of 63 put him in contention to win for the first time, only to be beat by, well, you know who. I see Thomas again being in the thick of it at the Quicken.

Maybe he’s played too well to be considered a sleeper, but he’s not getting the status as a contender this week.

I’ll take Thomas for a top-10.

The Man with the Hardware

Jimmy Walker

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Last week I picked KOOCH and although he let me down, it was good to see another top-10 from the man who’s been a machine for them the past few seasons. It got me thinking yesterday, where has Jimmy Walker been lately.

I will say, when I logged onto to Twitter, to see this. Dude’s workin’ on his game! It’s good to see Tour players hitting balls from time to time.

He’s taken a lot of time off in the middle of his schedule, with the only events being the US Open, a charity event and the Open, none of which he played remarkably well in, despite making the cuts both weeks.

His major championship play this year hasn’t been nearly what he put together in 2014, but his play outside of that has been what we’ve come to expect from Jimmy.

At the end of May, he logged a T2 at the Byron and finds himself as the PGA Tour leader in strokes gained putting. Jimmy’s been absent a while, but this week, Jimmy’s gunna find it…Jimmy’s gunna find his groove.

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