2018 Quicken Loans National Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Bubba Watson doing Bubba-like things last week in winning the Travelers Championship (#urwelcome), 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 did not go as well as I had hoped, as Lockzilla Marc Leishman and Bold play on C.T. Pan both played their way into a weekend off.  On a positive note, my Semi-Flier Patrick Rodgers finished t-26th and I spot on nailed my Hosel-Rocket BUST on Daniel Berger (a very popular pick last week), who barely made the cut and ultimately finished t-67th.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Leishman MC)

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
– I can already see it happening on Friday.  “Tonight on Sportscenter, Lebron James makes his big announcement (Lakers), while Tiger contends at the Quicken Loans…dah nah nt dah nah nt (that’s my attempt at typing out the Sportscenter theme music).”  Tiger’s tourney, a relatively thin field, a week to mend after the Shinnecock debacle.  Yep, this week has Tiger in contention written all over it.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Rodgers t-26th)

Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
– After a rough spring stretch, which included missed cuts in 5 straight stroke play events including Augusta, the 34-year-old is starting to regain some form his past couple tourneys, most notably notching a t-36th at the U.S. Open a couple weeks ago, despite opening with a 79 on Thursday.  Wasn’t in the field last year, so it’s his first run at the revamped Avenel joint, but that’s not preventing me from recommending him heavily this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Berger t-67th)

Stewart Cink
Stewart Cink
– I almost feel bad for putting him here, as I cheer him on every time he tees it up; however, I’m a realist, and just because he closed with a 62 last week en route to a t-2nd at the Travelers, which followed a t-4th at the FedEx St Jude Classic two weeks prior, doesn’t mean that he’s ready to win again soon.  At age 45, I’m betting on a missed cut, vs another top 5.  Easy pass here for me this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Pan MC)

Adam Hadwin
Adam Hadwin
–  Sans his missed cut at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, the Canuck had gone since last August in the FedEx Cup Playoffs without missing a cut.  Holy consistency!  You might say that his upside is limited, but think again— don’t let yourself forget that he went t-3rd, t-6th, t-9th, t-12th in 4 out of 6 tournaments just earlier this spring.  Oh yeah, and he shot a 59 last year.  He’s already my gut sleeper for the PGA Championship in St Louis in August (I’m almost hoping that he doesn’t win before then so that he doesn’t draw too much attention), so for this week, I’ll happily settle for a t-10th or so.  Adam Hadwin is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Play of the Week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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