2017 Quicken Loans National Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Jordan Spieth doing Jordan Spieth things last week in winning the Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour treks onward to the Quicken Loan National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm (the artist formerly known as TPC Avenel).  

The course itself underwent a massive overhaul in 2007 and hasn’t hosted a PGA Tour event since, but has hosted both a Champions Tour major and several Web.com Tour events.  It still “only” stretches 7,107 yards after its redo, but with tiny 5,300 square foot bentgrass greens and some tight corridors, it’ll be a challenge for all in the field requiring both precision and accuracy off the tee and on approaches.

My picks last week at The Travelers Championship were solid, as all 3 finished in the top 26 (Lockzilla Leishman t-17th, Semi-Flier Steele t-14th, Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Graham DeLaet t-26th).  My BUST pick of the week on Daniel Berger was clearly off the mark, as he lost in a playoff to Spieth’s hole-out bunker shot (at least this time he didn’t half-blade it in like he did at the John Deere Classic in 2013).

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Leishman t-17th)

Bill Haas
Bill Haas
– Starting to really find his stride the past few weeks, going t-12th, t-25th and t-5th his last 3 events (that top 5 at the U.S. Open was a shocker to many, including me), and seems to be gearing up for his annual damnit-Bill-Haas-why-do-you-always-win-on-a-week-when-I-don’t-roster-you moment to us fantasy gamers.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Steele t-14th)

Ollie Schniederjans
Ollie Schniederjans- 
The you-have-to-copy-and-paste-his-last-name-or-you’ll-spell-it-wrong, hatless wonder is due for a breakout win, and I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if it came this weekend.  He’s made his last 6 consecutive cuts and should be well rested coming into the week, last having played at the Memorial.  Gut feeling he’ll surprise many this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Berger P2)

Billy Hurley
Billy Hurley III
– The 35-year-old comes into the week as the defending champion for the first time in his career, but with the tourney moving to a different course this year it will definitely feel different to him.  It might be a good thing (being at a different course) in terms of preventing some pressure on him, but it also might keep some of those good vibes from flowing through his veins that usually come with teeing it up here, which led to last year’s win as well as two other top 8s here.  I’m going with the latter, as sorry folks, but it’s Billy Hurley, a guy who has zero top 5s since his victory here last year and has missed his last two cuts coming in.  Don’t be swearing at yourself on Friday afternoon saying seriously-why-did-I-put-all-my-eggs-in-the-Billy-Hurley-basket.  Stay away and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: DeLaet t-26th)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– Yessiree, back-to-back weeks aboard this Canuck’s train, as because I was all-in on him last week it’s simply inevitable that he would break through the following week.  Well, not so fast!  I’m sticking aboard (despite the fact that I like fellow Canadian David Hearn’s chances just as good) and calling for a big finish this week (even though yes, those tiny, slippery new greens do scare me off his scent just a wee bit).

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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