The PGA Tour heads to the District of Columbia for this week’s Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods has hosted this tournament since 2007, but the rest of the field is relatively lacking in star power. Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman and young stars like Doug Ghim and Dylan Meyer are also in the field. The event has been hosted at multiple venues over the years but will be hosted at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the second year in a row.
Triple Sticks Trips over Stanley as Chip Checks Short
Last year, Kyle Stanley won for the first time since 2012 with his playoff victory over Charles Howell III. The pair was battling down the stretch on Sunday and headed to a playoff after final-round 66s. Only one playoff hole was needed as CH3 left his chip short and missed a par putt, leaving Stanley as the victor. Howell III’s last victory came in 2007 at Riviera.
The big story this week is obviously Tiger Woods. While things have returned to normal on the Tiger front, the looming question of “when will he win” is still front and center in the media.
Big Cat is making his first start since his MC Hammer at the U.S. Open and is apparently toying around with a new putter. He ranks 5th in strokes gained tee-to-green this season but is 89th in SG putting. We won’t know whether he actually puts this new flatstick in play until pegs go in the ground on Thursday, but his putting woes are clearly in his mind.
Some TLC for a TPC
Formerly known as Avenel Farm, TPC Potomac has an interesting history. The course opened to harsh criticism, in particular Greg Norman, who suggested the par-3 9th should be blown up with dynamite. This led to a 32 million dollar renovation in the mid-2000’s and eventually working its way back onto the Tour schedule last year. The new design drew positive reviews, mostly for the conditioning thanks to the course’s spectacular superintendent Stephen Britton. If the rain holds off, expect Britton again to have the course playing firm and fast, a sight for sore eyes at a TPC venue.
Off to Detroit
Starting in 2019, Quicken Loans will be sponsoring a new event in Detroit. That means that the tournament that Tiger hosts is without a title sponsor for the moment. Time will tell what that means for the future of this tournament, but with the poor turnout from top players, we wouldn’t be surprised if it fell by the wayside.
See who Paulie likes in the lighter field. His full article can be found HERE.
Perhaps the most interesting tournament of the weekend will be the European Tour event at Le Golf National in Paris.
Le Golf National is the host event for the Ryder Cup this fall and many players who are expected to be on those teams are in the field this week. That list includes Justin Thomas on the American side as well as Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia on the European side. Fleetwood is the defending champion at this event as well.
I’m going to bite my tongue for now, but Le Golf National is narrow. Really really narrow.
Land of Kemper Lakes
The ladies are playing one of their major championships this week as the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship gets started outside of Chicago. Danielle Kang took home the title last year and will be paired with Inbee Park and Ariya Jutanugarn at Kemper Lakes this week. Park has won three PGA Championships (2014-2016) and Jutanugarn won the most recent major at the Women’s US Open.
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Travelers champion Bubba Watson donated $200,000 of his winnings to the tournament in support of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Story
Greg Norman was this year’s golfer in the ESPN The Body issue. Shark out of water
The USGA looked into and then cleared Bryson Dechambeau’s use of his compass and protractor on the golf course. Story
The best seniors are at the Broadmoor for the U.S. Senior Open.
The Web.com Tour is in Abe Lincoln’s hometown for the Lincoln Land Championship. Tee Times