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Monday, July 27, 2015

Quicken Loans National - Power Ranking and One-and-done

The Quicken Loans National is just around the bend and here is a power ranking and one-and-done selection to complete our research. As I dug deeper into my research via a chat with a friend with a great deal of history at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, the comments I made in Sunday's preview were further validated. The one thing I would add to that is that distance is a pretty big deal this week. There are a number of bunkers that are in play for short- and medium-distance hitters, but bombers can fly over them.

Moving on.

Here we go:

  1. Justin Rose - He's one of the few guys in this week field that checks all of the important boxes. Great player in great form playing a course that should suit his game.
  2. Jimmy Walker - Leaning on his class, length, putting prowess and ability to win in fields that aren't the deepest all play in his favor. I wish his form was a bit better, but his recent outings have been majors. 
  3. Rickie Fowler - At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this comes down to class, class, class. The stats don't necessarily point in his direction to the degree of others, and his recent form isn't all that good. Class is permanent.
  4. Justin Thomas - Really like his length and expect that he has a chance to rise to the top of the field this week. He's certainly a risky pick in some formats, but he's going to break through at some point. It should be sooner rather than later.
  5. Tony Finau - Moved up my list slightly with the bomber angle, but he was safely inside the top 10 anyway. If you take out the courses he's played that have Bermuda greens, he's been much more consistent and above average than might otherwise meet the eye. Solid in strokes gained: tee-to-green and par 4 scoring average. 
  6. Bill Haas - Recent form is not good, but he has a knack for showing up on strong golf courses and is a past winner of this event. A step down in field depth should be just what the doctor ordered. 
  7. Patrick Rodgers - A late add via sponsor exemption, this could be a great opportunity for the young stud to make his permanent mark on the PGA TOUR. Length should not be a problem.
  8. Will Wilcox - Took last week off due to a small medical concern, which is a pause for concern. his recent form has been magnificent, locking up his PGA TOUR card for 2016-17 out of the 126-150 category two weeks ago in Alabama. Playing with house money at this point.
  9. Gary Woodland - Makes a ton of cuts, which elevates him in a field like this. Has power to spare, which doesn't hurt. It's simple math. With a high likelihood of making the cut based on his personal history, he could rise to a top-10 level or beyond.
  10. Adam Hadwin - It's not easy to play well in the Canadian open if you are a Canuck, and that's just what Hadwin did last week with a top-10 finish. Last two finishes are T18 and T7. 
  11. Shawn Stefani
  12. Ollie Schniederjans
  13. Russell Knox
  14. Danny Lee
  15. Johnson Wagner
  16. Steven Bowditch
  17. Daniel Summerhays
  18. Jason Bohn
  19. Tiger Woods
  20. Pat Perez
  21. Scott Langley
  22. Ricky Barnes
  23. Michael Putnam
  24. Brendan Steele
  25. Stewart Cink

I've preached class this week up until this point, and I have Justin Rose available. That's my play. 

Best of luck!


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