This week, the PGA Tour swings through Northern Virginia for TIGER’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National.  It’s an invitational event featuring 120 golfers as opposed to the standard 156.  This event has traditionally been played at Congressional, but this year it moves to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.  The RTJGC has not previously held a PGA Tour event, so we don’t have a lot in terms of course history.  The course did host the President’s Cup a few times, but that was 10+ years ago, and I’m not sure you can read too much into those results given the time lapse and difference in tournament format.  As such, there isn’t really a strong consensus out there as to what stats you should be focusing on.  Most experts have just been defaulting to pedigree and/or form.  Strokes gained: tee-to-green and putting + Official World Golf Ranking will satisfy the pedigree component, total driving and proximity are two stats that seem course relevant, and I’ll point out a few guys at the end who have been hot lately.  That should give you a solid foundation to build your core around.

Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green Leaders

  1. Will Wilcox 1.010
  2. Brendan Steele .981
  3. Vijay Singh .912
  4. Justin Thomas .829
  5. Russell Knox .823

Strokes Gained: Putting Leaders

  1. Jimmy Walker .844
  2. Aaron Baddeley .768
  3. Daniel Summerhays .575
  4. Troy Merritt .536
  5. Bryce Molder .505

Official World Golf Ranking

  1. Justin Rose #7
  2. Rickie Fowler #8
  3. Jimmy Walker #14
  4. Bill Haas #30
  5. Gary Woodland #34

Total Driving Leaders

  1. Will Wilcox
  2. Charlie Beljan
  3. Justin Rose
  4. Rickie Fowler
  5. Hudson Swafford

Proximity Leaders

  1. Jason Bohn 31.83′
  2. Jason Gore 31.92′
  3. Russell Knox 32.17′
  4. Hudson Swafford 32.58′
  5. Colt Knost 32.75′

Who’s Hot?

  • Johnson Wagner: T-18 @ Canadian Open, T-10 @ Barbasol, T-5 @ John Deere, T-32 @ Greenbrier
  • Justin Rose: T-6 @ Open Championship, T-27 @ U.S. Open, 2nd @ Memorial
  • Ollie Schniederjans: T-22 @ Canadian Open, T-12 @ Open Championship, T-42 @ U.S. Open
  • Ricky Barnes: T-11 @ Canadian Open, T-3 @ Barbasol
  • Stewart Cink: T-5 @ Canadian Open, T-20 @ Open Championship

Here are the guys generating the most buzz:

  • Andy Sullivan
  • Brendan Steele
  • Danny Lee
  • David Lingmerth
  • Harris English
  • Hudson Swafford
  • Jason Bohn
  • Jimmy Walker
  • Johnson Wagner
  • Justin Rose
  • Ollie Schniederjans
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Ricky Barnes
  • Russell Knox
  • Shawn Stefani
  • Steven Bowditch
  • Tony Finau
  • Will Wilcox

That’s a wrap.  Good luck tomorrow, get that cash!


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