Rankings: Fantasy golf advice for Quicken Loans National
June 25, 2018
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
Inside the PGA TOUR
Fantasy Outlook: Quicken Loans National
Since the launch of the FedExCup era, the Quicken Loans National has been a staple as a stop in the Mid-Atlantic. It is once again this week.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm hosts for the second consecutive year. As projected in its return to the PGA TOUR after a comprehensive renovation 10 years prior, it played up to the hype as a tough test. In fact, last year's scoring average of 71.458 was highest among all par 70s in non-majors last season. Furthermore, only PGA National, annual host of The Honda Classic and where the winds always howl in late February and early March, has scored higher among par 70s in non-majors over each of the last six seasons.
Scroll beneath the ranking for details on how TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm sets up, the statistically predictable defending champion and what's in store beginning in 2019.
POWER RANKINGS: QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL
RANK PLAYER COMMENT 15 Joaquin Niemann 14 Andrew Putnam 13 Kevin Tway 12 Byeong Hun An 11 Charles Howell III 10 Stewart Cink 9 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 8 Tiger Woods 7 Beau Hossler 6 Jimmy Walker 5 J.B. Holmes 4 Francesco Molinari 3 Kyle Stanley 2 Marc Leishman 1 Rickie Fowler
Si Woo Kim, Gary Woodland, Kevin Na and Bill Haas will be among the notables reviewed in Tuesday's Fantasy Insider.
Although there were the customary multiple paths en route to contending at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm a year ago, it made sense that the man who emerged as champion of the Quicken Loans National was and remains one of the PGA TOUR's preeminent ball-strikers.
Kyle Stanley has crafted out his career as a longer-hitting tee-to-green surgeon, a particular skill set that he displayed here last year. He led the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee, green in regulation and strokes gained: tee-to-green. He also finished T20 in distance of all drives, third in fairways hit and sixth in proximity to the hole before surviving one hole of sudden death with Charles Howell III and extinguishing David Lingmerth's bid for a wire-to-wire title. (Lingmerth placed T5.)
In line with the expectation on unfamiliar bentgrass greens, Stanley prevailed despite losing ground to the field of 120 in strokes gained: putting, surrendering 1.1 strokes with his wand over 72 holes of regulation. It's the kind of formula that might not work as well this time around given that as of Monday afternoon, 71 in this week's field competed in last year's edition, including nine of the 12 who finished inside the top 10.
The only stretch on the 7,107-yard layout that presents any reasonable chance for momentum exists on holes 12-14. All three averaged under par last year, the only connection between at least two such holes. Both of the par 5s (Nos. 2 and 10) checked up under par, but together they ranked as the most difficult set of par 5s of all par 70s all season. Simply put, there is no letup along the walk.
Even though more experience will be logged at TPC Potomac this week, a new book of knowledge will introduced next year as this tournament is moving to the Detroit area. It was announced a month ago that the title sponsor has agreed to a long-term partnership that includes the migration of the event to Quicken Loans' hometown.
For its last spin in the region this week, warm and humid conditions will remind everyone of the season with Independence Day right around the corner. There won't be much relief for gradually increasing daytime highs into the low 90s, but the absence of wind should result in lower scores than last year's breezier challenge.
ROB BOLTON’S SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton reviews and previews every tournament from numerous angles. Look for his following contributions as scheduled.
MONDAY: Rookie Ranking, Qualifiers, Reshuffle, Medical Extensions, Power Rankings
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