AFTER a $20million two-year overhaul the TPC Potomac sees the return of the PGA Tour with the Quicken Loans National.
The course had been plagued by drainage and turf issues but since the renovations the Senior Players Championship has been played there with positive views.
There aren’t a lot of pointers for here due to the renovations so I’ll stick to form, GIR and putting average.
Justin Thomas has won three times this season but tends to go off the boil at times. He missed the cut last time out but before that his form was good (T5, T75, T4, T9).
The 24-year-old Kentuckian is a class act and big things are expected from him. His three wins were all before February but had also had five top-10s including a T9 at the US Open and a T22 in The Masters. He is first on the Putting Average and 28th in GIR stats. Really think he has a good chance here. GIR: 68.52% (28th) PA: 1.695 (1st)
I can’t speak too highly of Rickie Fowler. At the US Open I thought he was going to do it for a while but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. He was going well in the first three rounds of The Masters but then had a horrendous 76 to finish T11.
He has missed a couple of cuts since then but a T2 at the Memorial and a T5 at the US Open shows there is form there. He won the Honda at the end of February and has a total of six top 10s. Although he is best price 8-1 I shall still have a bet on him. GIR: 68.31 (32nd) PA: 1.728 (6th)
Brendan Steele won the Safeway Open in the first tournament of the season but has had a bit of an up and down season. His form coming into this week hasn’t been that bad though with a T6, T13 and T14 from his last four outings, including the US Open. The 34-year-old has the game to win again and it could be here. GIR: 68.71% (42nd) PA: 1.767 (77th)
1.5pts ew Justin Thomas (Stan James, 14-1)
1.5pts ew Rickie Fowler (Ladbrokes, 8-1)
1.5pts ew Brendan Steele (Coral, 28-1)