DFS PGA Playbook: Quicken Loans National
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning playbook for the Quicken Loans National.
What a week at the Travelers! It looked like Paul Casey had it locked down heading into Sunday before Bubba Watson stormed back and took it down for the third time in his career. I’ll admit personally I did not have the best week on either site but I’m in a great mood heading into what I’ll call “my home tournament”, the Quicken Loans National.
There is a lot for me to celebrate as the PGA Tour heads to our Nation’s Capital for the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac. First, this event takes place in my neck of the woods (less than 30 miles from my home) and I’ve had the pleasure of covering and attending this event multiple times on different courses. Second, this event marks my third anniversary of my first fantasy golf article for Fantasy Alarm and I’m still in shock that they’ve kept me around this long. Thank you to all my loyal readers over these past three years.
Ok, let’s get into the breakdown of TPC Potomac. I get a kick out of that course name because for myself and locals, it’s Avenel, the former host of the Kemper Open until 2006. The course underwent a major renovation in late 2008 and reopened in April of 2009. In November 2015, the 7th and 16th greens were renovated to flatten contours and provide additional hole locations in anticipation of hosting the Quicken Loans once again. Additionally, small improvements were made to a number of holes, including creating bent grass chipping and collection areas around the 3rd, 4th, and 18th greens, widening the 5th and 6th fairways, and flattening the front portion of the 13th green to create addition hole locations.
The course is a par 70 and measures out to 7,139 yards. Par 70 means that there are two extra par 4s compared to the par 72 courses we see on the PGA Tour. This track hosted a Web.com Tour event in 2012 and 2013, and doesn’t look too different from former host courses for this tournament like Congressional and Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (RTJ). When you look through the past leaderboards, the big bombers always seem to make their way up top by the end of the weekend but it is not the be all and end all. We also want to target straight shooting, ball striker types which are generally found at the top of the Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green stat category. Proximity will be vital with the limited scoring opportunities. This is not a scorers’ course, we will be looking for players who succeed in U.S. Open type conditions, thick rough and narrow fairways.
I will be out at TPC Potomac for the Pro Am on Wednesday and probably over the weekend as well. If you are planning on attended, please let me know!
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