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Quicken Loans National

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Previous Quicken Loans National champions include:

  • Troy Merritt (2015)
  • Justin Rose (2014) – Congressional
  • Bill Haas (2013) – Congressional
  • Tiger Woods (2012) – Congressional
  • Nick Watney (2011)
  • Justin Rose (2010)
  • Tiger Woods (2009) – Congressional
  • Anthony Kim (2008) – Congressional
  • K.J. Choi (2007) – Congressional

Congressional Country Club near Bethesda, Maryland, will host the Quicken Loans Open for the 7th time. Congressional is a par 71, 7,569 yard test.




2016 Quicken Loans National
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YAHOO “GROUP A” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(A1) Justin Thomas (32) U.S. Open
MC Memorial
(3) The PLAYERS
MC Wells Fargo
(4) 2015




Player Profile links are on each player’s name. They contain extremely valuable data that you can use for a competitive advantage. Now for Group A: Thomas did well here last year but that was at RTJ Golf Club. His recent history has been spotty with some great finishes like a 3rd at the Players, but also some MCs and mediocre finishes. Strong course fit this week so the weaker field may help Justin get back in contention.
(A2) Rickie Fowler MC U.S. Open
MC Memorial
MC The PLAYERS
(4) Wells Fargo
(2) 2015
(21) 2013
(13) 2011
MC 2010

Fowler is mired in a deep slump that he hasn’t seen the likes of in quite some time. 3 MCs in a row including the Players and US Open. He has played Congressional well with a 13th and 21st in his two tries here recently. He has a #7 course fit this week that relies heavily on his total driving and strokes gain putting ranks being “current” form. Both have been issues as of late. He could rebound with a weaker field, so he’s not a terrible option to have in your lineup, especially on your bench.
(A3) Gary Woodland MC St. Jude Classic
(4) Memorial
(12) Byron Nelson
(28) The PLAYERS
MC 2015
(46) 2014
(16) 2013
(73) 2012
(47) 2011
Woodland was on a roll before his missed cut at St. Jude. That very well could have been a fluke and he does come into the week with a #16 course fit, though he didn’t light the world on fire here from 2012-2014. We’re monitoring a potentially messy Thursday – if it’s just windy, it could benefit Woodland. Rain would not be his friend.
(A4) Kevin Streelman (13) U.S. Open
(8) Memorial
MC Colonial
(74) The PLAYERS
MC 2012
(15) 2011
MC 2010
(11) 2009

After a pretty rough 3 month stretch, Kevin has it rolling with top 15s at both the Memorial and US Open – both strong fields. He did finish 11th here in 2009 but missed the cut in 2012. He’s got the kind of game to stay in the hunt and could be a nice Group A sleeper, if you’re not content on any of the three names above.
(A5) Russell Henley (7) St. Jude Classic
(33) Memorial
MC Byron Nelson
MC The PLAYERS
MC 2014
(34) 2013



Henley creeps ahead of Kirk because of really solid total driving and putting statistics. Plus, he had a top 10 at the St. Jude, so there’s the chance he is starting to get on a roll, though by his #5 Group A ranking, we’re not believers yet. A weak field could give him the opportunity he needs to make a run this week.
Other options include: (A6) Chris Kirk, (A7) Tony Finau, and (A8) Brian Harman.
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YAHOO “GROUP B” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(B1) Jim Furyk (2) U.S. Open
(52) Memorial
MC Colonial
(35) The PLAYERS
(44) 2013
(34) 2012
MC 2011
(33) 2010
(7) 2009
Furyk pulled the come from behind “2nd” at the US Open but wasn’t around to accept his medal. Perhaps it was his competitive nature and only wanting to win or perhaps something else just came up. Either way, his #1 course fit combined with some very solid play at the US Open make him tops in our power ranking this week. He also had a 7th in 2009 at Congressional and a 34th and 44th in recent years when the field was strong, but given it’s current spot on this year’s calendar, it will be a much weaker field and give Jim more opportunity to make a top 10 again this week. He’s not your prototyipcal #1 power ranking player but everyone has their blemishes this week which helped Furyk rise to the top.
(B2) Patrick Reed MC U.S. Open
(8) Memorial
(15) Colonial
MC The PLAYERS
(11) 2014
(34) 2013



Missed cut at the US Open hurt, but he’s got a decent track record at Congressional and could pull off a victory this week. His stats always leave a lot to be desired, but hopefully that will change with a few more years under his belt.
(B3) Ryan Palmer (68) St. Jude Classic
(3) Colonial
MC Byron Nelson
(23) The PLAYERS
(55) 2014
(34) 2013
(15) 2012
(22) 2009

Palmer is coming off a lousy finish at the St. Jude, a course where he was supposed to do well. His Congressional outings have been a mixed bag, so we expect a coin toss finish for him this week. It could go either way. He’s got a #15 course fit which is good for him, so we may stash him on the bench. He’s also good in wind, so you may consider him on Thursday if things get wild.
(B4) Charley Hoffman (37) U.S. Open
(42) Colonial
(12) Byron Nelson
MC The PLAYERS
(3) 2014
(28) 2013
(22) 2012
(25) 2011
(41) 2010
(48) 2009
Slipped a bit the past two weeks and was critical of the US Open last week, but he’s got a top 10 tournament history (Congressional) and that’s good enough for us. Solid cut maker recently and one that we will want in case Palmer or someone else flames out. #33 course fit is respectable and he’s a decent selection for a potentially windy Thursday but not so much if it involves playing in the rain.
(B5) Adam Hadwin (11) Memorial
(22) Colonial
(58) Byron Nelson
(39) The PLAYERS
(21) 2015




Strong Memorial finish pushes him up the rankings this week as he’s trending up the last two events. He’s made 7 straight cuts which is a plus if you’re looking for a 4th to fill out your roster but he hasn’t put four rounds together to seriously contend. You can throw out his 21st last year as it was at RTJ Golf Club and not Congressional. If he contends this week, it could be due to his solid driving and putting skills.
(B6) Charles Howell III (26) St. Jude Classic
(48) Memorial
(4) Byron Nelson
MC The PLAYERS
(11) 2015
(46) 2014
MC 2013
(68) 2012
(3) 2011
(62) 2010
Hasn’t played well at Congressional in this event in the past. You would be hoping for a repeat of his recent 4th place finish at the Byron Nelson. He’s got a #32 course fit which is good and likes fast, bentgrass greens.
(B7) Jon Curran (26) St. Jude Classic
(2) Memorial
(47) Colonial
(34) Byron Nelson
MC 2015




Curran is a bet on recent performance – which sometimes works out nicely, but he has a poor course fit and hasn’t played Congressional in this event before.
Other options include: (B8) Webb Simpson, (B9) Hudson Swafford, and (B10) Kevin Chappell.
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YAHOO “GROUP C” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
Comments
(C1) Brendan Steele (15) U.S. Open
(20) Memorial
(57) The PLAYERS
(14) Wells Fargo
(30) 2015
(5) 2014
(16) 2013
(68) 2012

Steele has a nice course fit (#10), some solid tournament history at Congressional (16th in 2013 and 5th in 2014), and solid recent play including a nice US Open. There not much not to like about Steele this week (which is typically a curse but he’s not a clear favorite, so perhaps that will be okay).
(C2) Marc Leishman (18) U.S. Open
(11) Memorial
(13) Colonial
MC Byron Nelson
(8) 2014
MC 2013
(32) 2012
MC 2011
(7) 2010
(25) 2009
Leishman has been within the top 32 at Congressional 3 of his last 4 attempts with an 8th place finish in 2014, his last time here. Three straight top 20s including an 18th at the US Open make him a solid play this week and a strong #3 power ranking. He’s a nice complement to Steele. Steele early on with Leishman over the weekend? That’s what the data would tell you is the smart move though reality rarely fits perfectly with data.
(C3) Daniel Summerhays (8) U.S. Open
(38) Memorial
(47) Colonial
(23) The PLAYERS
MC 2015
(30) 2014
MC 2013
(17) 2012

Summerhays doesn’t have overwhelming stats though his putting is fairly good. #83 course fit, so you’re betting on him to keep up his recent good play + some solid wind/rain rankings + two top 30s at Congressional. Overall, not a bad option after a splendid US Open showing, but hard to put him past Steele and Leishman.
(C4) Scott Piercy (2) U.S. Open
(69) Memorial
(67) Colonial
MC Byron Nelson
MC 2012
MC 2010
MC 2009


#17 course fit and T-2 at the US Open are what Piercy has going for him this week, but 2 missed cuts at Congressional in the past and some lackluster play leading up to the US Open make him hard to slot over the three guys in front of him.
(C5) Roberto Castro (11) Memorial
(65) Colonial
(2) Wells Fargo
(48) Zurich Classic
(30) 2014
(2) 2013
(29) 2012


Here’s a nice dark horse. 11th and 2nd in 2 of his last three starts. He’s also a top 10 horse this week with a 29th, 2nd, and 30th place finish at Congressional from 2012-2014. Putting and driving distance/appr greater than 200 yards are where he falls short on the course fit (#61).
Other options include: (C6) Byeong-Hun An, (C7) Bill Haas, and (C8) Seung-Yul Noh.

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