Golf Rankings for Quicken Loans National
Patrick Reed [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #17
Reed finished T11 in his last start at the Quicken Loans in 2014. He's the class of the field along with Rickie Fowler so he has to be considered. He's won a tourney in each of the last three years. Is this the week he picks up his 2016 victory? The stats don’t like him, but that’s based mostly on his low ranking in P4E450-500 where he’s 153rd. He’s 4th overall in par 4 scoring so he can clearly score on par 4s. He’s missed two of his last four cuts, but he made the top 15 in his other two.
Brendan Steele [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #52
Steele sits sixth in my statistical model for the Quicken Loans Invitational and he’s three for three in cuts made at Congressional with back to back top 20 finishes. The American comes in fine form with back to back top 20 finishes and four top 20s in his last five including a T15 at the U.S. Open last week.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #46
Woodland is second in my statistical model for players in the field this week. Only his putter (112th in SG:P) gives me concern. His three starts at Congressional have ended T73, T16 and T46. He also finished T23 at the 2011 U.S. Open. He missed the cut at the St. Jude Classic in his last time out after making six straight cuts on Tour with four top 25s.
Charley Hoffman [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #49
Charley is fourth in my statistical model for the week with only his P4SA outside the top 60 on Tour this year. He finished T45 at the U.S. Open here in 2011 and he finished T22, T28 and T3 in his last three Quicken Loans events at Congo. He’s missed just two cuts on Tour in 2016 in 16 events. He finished T37 at the U.S. Open in his last start.
Marc Leishman [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37
Leishman has played at this event at Congressional four times and has finished in the top 25 in two of those trips including a T8 in 2014. The profile fits the course quite nicely (49th in SG:T2G, 16th in SG:P7, 79th in P4E450-500, 45th in DD, and ninth in P4SA). He continues to be in fine form with three straight top 20s including a T18 at the U.S. Open last week and four top 20s in his last six.
Tony Finau [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #67
Finau is just one spot behind Kevin Chappell in my stats model (72nd in SG:T2G, 96th in SG:P, 58th in P4E450-500, first in DD, 37th in P4SA). It’s his debut at Congressional, but that doesn’t mean he should be avoided. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open snapping a string of three straight where Finau had two top 15s. He’s my sleeper to win it all.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #79
I got Furyk wrong at the U.S. Open as I thought he wouldn't be able to contend at such a difficult course. I was wrong as the veteran "managed" his way around the course. He had back to back top 10s at Congo before the renovations and then finished T34 and T44 in 2012 and 2013 after the changes. I’m not sure I’m going to chase his Open performance this week.
Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #103
Palmer is four for five in cuts made at the Quicken Loans Invitational with two top 25s including his T15 in 2012. Palmer’s been up and down over his last five PGA events with two top 5s and two finishes T68 or worse. He’s seventh in my model for the week with the stat outside of the top 70 is his putting (105th in SG:P). His volatility in recent events as well as this one makes him larger pool play for me this week.
Justin Thomas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Thomas has alternated made and missed cuts over his last five events with a T32 at the U.S. Open last week. He’s not played Congressional previously as his T4 last year was at RTJ. His profile doesn’t fit the course outside of his length off the tee (70th in SG:T2G, 145th in SG:P, 183rd in P4E450-500, 25th in DD, and 129th in P4SA).
Byeong Hun An [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58
An finished T23 at the U.S. Open last week to extend his cuts made string to three. The profile isn’t elite even though he may be considered so in this field (53rd in SG:T2G, 83rd in SG:P, 155th in P4E450-500, 33rd in DD, and 129th in P4SA). This is his Congressional debut.
Russell Henley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #55
Henley is one for two in cuts made at the Quicken Loans with a T34 in his only weekend. He’s made back to back cuts on Tour with a T7 in his last start at the St. Jude Classic. He’s in the top 45 in all statistical categories this week except for SG:T2G where he’s 84th which puts him at 11th in my statistical model.
Roberto Castro [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #118
Castro is another course horse as he finished in the top 30 in all three of his starts at Congressional. He's been playing the best golf of his career this season as he's improved his OWGR from 354th at the end of 2015 to 116th after the U.S. Open. He’s short off the tee and poor with the flat stick, but the rest of the profile looks great (29th in SG:T2G, 160th in SG:P, 40th in P4E450-500, 162nd in DD, and fifth in P4SA).
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