Quicken Loans National Betting Tips
Jordan Spieth ended last week’s Travelers Championship in stunning style by holing out from a bunker to beat Daniel Berger in a playoff.
One week on and Spieth is putting his feet up while two of his close friends, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, are right at the top of the betting for the Quicken Loans National.
Fowler and Thomas are two of just three of the world’s top 25 in action at TPC Potomac this week which opens the door for some of the PGA Tour’s lesser lights to grab centre stage.
Top Betting Tips
Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are joined at the top of the betting by Patrick Reed. All three young Americans have the talent to secure the win but with so many unknowns this week it’s hard to justify backing them.
This looks like an event where less fancied players and those who have previous with TPC Potomac are going to provide the most value.
Chief among those options is this year’s Players Championship winner, Si-Woo Kim.
The South Korean became the youngest ever winner of the PGA Tour’s flagship event but hardcore golf fans in America were already aware of Kim in 2013.
He was playing on the Web.com Tour then and took the first round lead in the Mid-Atlantic Championship with an eye-catching round of 65 at TPC Potomac.
Kim ultimately had to settle for a share of 11th but he is a much better player four years on and is more than capable of besting this standard of opposition at 40/1 with William Hill.
David Lingmerth has even better previous at TPC Potomac than Kim. The Swede won his only Web.com Tour title at the course back in 2012 and he’s since won on the PGA Tour at the Memorial.
Lingmerth has been searching hard for his best stuff but a return to a course with positive memories could be just the boost he needs, so back him to win at 33/1 with Sky Bet.
It’s never easy to defend a PGA Tour tournament with all the added pressure, expectation and media duties that come with it. However, last year’s Quicken Loans National winner, Billy Hurley III, is better placed than most to defend.
Hurley practices at TPC Potomac so is more familiar with the course than most. The 35-year-old has suffered two missed cuts in a row but his form was poor ahead of this tournament last year and he could spring another surprise at 125/1 with Ladbrokes.
When you take a statistical view of the Quicken Loans National it’s clear that rock solid approach play is going to be key.
The Bentgrass greens at TPC Potomac are very tough to read so this will be more about quality iron play than putting. That puts the ball firmly in Kyle Stanley’s court.
The 29-year-old ranks second for greens hit in regulation and fourth for strokes gained approaching the green on the PGA Tour this season. If Stanley turns up to Potomac with his best stuff he should challenge with those stats at odds of 45/1 with Betfred.
The Course – TPC Potomac
The Quicken Loans National has a regular venue in the form of Congressional Country Club. However, the Maryland course only hosts every two years which allows the tournament to visit some of the best courses that Mid-Atlantic area of America has to offer.
This year it visits TPC Potomac, a course which has not been seen on the PGA Tour for a decade having previously been a regular stop off.
In truth, the course became something of a laughing stock as the world’s best players routinely notched up very low scores.
Nobody was surprised when TPC Potomac was taken off the PGA Tour rota but the renovation work that was completed in 2008 and saw changes made to hole has transformed it.
It’s now a par-70 that plays just over 7,100 yards. Both the Champions Tour and the Web.com Tour have visited the course in recent years and scoring there shows that it is now very challenging and that any score under par is very impressive indeed.
- The Quicken Loans National is hosted by Tiger Woods for the benefit of his charitable foundation
- Previous tournament winners include Justin Rose, Bill Haas and Tiger Woods himself
- This is a limited field event with 120 players taking part compared to the usual 156
- The weather forecast for the week is for hot and humid conditions which could give rise to thunderstorms