Expert picks provided by: Jerod Kieler
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The Canadian Open came down to the final hole, but in the end, Jason Day held off Bubba Watson and local favorite David Hearn to claim his second victory of the season. This week, the PGA Tour takes us to Gainsville, Virginia and the Tiger Woods’ hosted Quicken Loans National. This year, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, which has hosted five President’s Cups, will be hosting the event for the first time. Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler headline the field that includes four of the top-30 players in the world. Last year at Congressional CC, Justin Rose defeated Sean Stefani in a playoff.
1) Justin Rose (2): Rose has been a little up and down this year, but he does have two top-10s in his last four starts. In his most recent start, Rose finished in a tie for 6th at the Open Championship. Although not on this course, Rose is a two time champion of the Quicken Loans National.
2) Rickie Fowler (1): I am going chalk this week as Fowler is the second highest ranked player in the field behind Rose. In his last six worldwide starts, Fowler has captured two victories. Fowler won the PLAYERS Championship in mid-May and then won the Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship.
1) Daniel Summerhays (1): This is a pretty sad group in Tier B. I am going to roll with Summerhays who has top-11s in each of his past two starts. Summerhays tied for 8th at the John Deere Classic and then shared 11th last week at the Canadian Open.
2) Nick Watney (1): Although he only has one top-10, Watney has made the cut in five of his past six events. Albeit on different courses, Watney has three career top-10s at the Quicken Loan National, including a victory in 2011
1) Tony Finau (1): Finau didn’t set the world on fire at the Canadian Open, but he did shoot a final round 65 which faulted him into a share of 22nd. Finau now has top-25 finishes in seven of his past eight events, including two top-10s.
2) Will Wilcox (0): Wilcox withdrew from last week’s Canadian Open due to a wrist injury, but I am going to ride his hot streak. Two weeks ago, Sweet Willie earned his 2016 PGA Tour card by birdying the 72nd hole of the Barbasol Championship. Wilcox finished solo 2nd, his second straight top-10. Wilcox has six top-25 finishes in his past nine events.
Other Golfers Considered:
Jimmy Walker (Tier A): Walker has not been playing that well as of late, but he narrowly edged out Bill Haas for this spot. Walker has made the weekend in each of his past five events, including a runner-up finish at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Chris Stroud (Tier B): I almost wanted to choose Matt Jones for this spot as he withdrew from the event this afternoon. It might make the most sense to take 0 points instead of the like -10. In any case, I chose Stroud who has top-10s in two of his past five events.
Johnson Wagner (Tier C): Wagner’s game has been trending in the right direction since tying for 5th at the John Deere Classic. Since then, he tied for 10th at the Barbasol Championship and shared 18th at last week’s Canadian Open.