What a couple of weeks we've had on the PGA Tour. From Brooks Koepka's barnstorming maiden major victory at the U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth's thrilling playoff W at the Travelers Championship, we've been treated to some great golf theater.
We'll see what the next act of the PGA Tour drama holds at this week's Quicken Loans National from a new venue, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. This 7,139-yard par-70 layout used to host the Kemper Open, which was stricken from the schedule in 2006. The course was overhauled thereafter and returned to professional tournament hosting duties with the Senior Players Championship in 2009 to positive reviews.
We don't know a ton about how this venue will play, but from the look of fairway widths on the map, the fact that only two players shot better than seven under at the 2009 Players Championship, and the length of the course, it seems accuracy/total driving will be more important than power this week. With plenty of shorter approach shots and tricky areas around the green, look for putting and play from inside 125 yards to be significant as well. Obviously, the usual suspects, strokes gained metrics and birdie or better percentage, are key as well.
Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, and Justin Thomas headline a relatively weak field and top the DraftKings pricing this week.
Creme de la Creme
Rickie Fowler: $12,000
It doesn't take an expert to tap the two most expensive players as solid picks, but this week, you're almost certainly going to want to roster either Rickie Fowler or Patrick Reed. Pedigree and recent form are simply too good not to. Obviously, we don't have course history to consider, but Fowler's top-10 finishes at the Memorial and the U.S. Open indicate the quality of his form. Fowler is 12th in strokes gained: approach, 21st in strokes gained: around-the-green, and seventh in strokes gained: putting. He's fourth in birdie average.