After a disappointing U.S. Open performance at Shinnecock Hills, Tiger Woods is set to return to the tournament he helped found at the Quicken Loans National in Potomac, Maryland this weekend.
Four of the top 30 players in the world rankings will be in attendance in Maryland.
At Bovada, Rickie Fowler is the +700 favorite, with Woods (+1200), Marc Leishman (+1800), Francesco Molinari (+1800), Kyle Stanley (+2000), Charles Howell III (+2500), J.B. Holmes (+2500), Jimmy Walker (+3000), Beau Hossler (+3000) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+3000) shaping up the top 10 at the shop.
In total, only four of the top 30 golfers in the current world rankings will be in attendance at the 2018 edition of the event. Three other former major winners join Woods in the field, as Walker (2016 PGA Championship), Stewart Cink (2009 Open Championship) and Geoff Ogilvy (2006 U.S. Open) will tackle TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. After establishing the tournament in 2007, Woods is a two-time winner at the National.
TPC Potomac gets a facelift
One year later, Stanley returns to the scene where he picked up his first PGA Tour win since 2012. Stanley edged Howell III in a playoff duel in 2017 after both men carded 4-under-par 66s on the final day to finish tied at 7 under. The win was a long time coming for the Clemson product, as he had to win his PGA Tour card back through the Web.com Tour Finals in 2015.
The course, a 7,107-yard par 70, underwent a two-year, $20-million overhaul to get ready for this year’s Quicken Loans National. Like all TPC tracks, birdies won’t be as easy to come by compared to other courses around. Stanley and Howell III own the 72-hole record due to their 273 showings a year ago, while Nick Watney claimed the 18-hole record (64) at the same tournament.
To find out which three golfers I’m backing this weekend, check out my PGA Expert Picks piece. Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:
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Odds Shark Staff Wed, Jun 29, 9:33am