Expert picks, Quicken Loans National: Where's Tiger?

Expert picks, Quicken Loans National: Where's Tiger?

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Expert picks, Quicken Loans National: Where's Tiger?

Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker are our senior writers’ favorites to win the Quicken Loans National, where Tiger Woods will make his return to PGA Tour – absent from our staff’s picks, at that. See who else they see as more of a factor than the much-ballyhooed tournament host this week.

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Jim McCabe, senior writer

Favorite: Brandt Snedeker

Don’t forget about: Bill Haas

Keep an eye on: Stewart Cink

Sleeper: Morgan Hoffmann

Comments: Have a good feeling that Snedeker is about to turn around his season; he’s also played five previous times at Congressional, finishing T-11 in the U.S. Open, and T-5, T-7, and T-9 in Tiger’s tournament. … Haas, the defending champion, has simply played rock-solid all year, making the cut in 17 or 18 starts. … Cink was fifth here a year ago and he’s shown a lot of good signs in recent months. … In a year of first-time winners, why not Hoffmann?

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Jeff Rude, senior writer

Favorite: Jason Day.

Don’t forget about: Brendon Todd.

Keep an eye on: Jordan Spieth.

Sleeper: Kevin Chappell.

Comments: Day back in good form after long layoff because of thumb injury; tied for fourth at U.S. Open. Has played well at Congressional, finishing second in 2011 U.S. Open there and was T-8 in this tournament the next year. … Spieth plays well every week; he has six top-20 finishes in his last seven starts and 14 for the season. … Todd has finished 17th or better in his last four starts, including HP Byron Nelson victory; tied for 13th last year in this event.

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Adam Schupak, senior writer

Winner: Hunter Mahan

Don’t forget about: Jason Dufner, Jason Day

Keep an eye on: Justin Rose, Gary Woodland

Sleepers: Aaron Baddeley, Brendon de Jonge

Comments: Mahan is coming off back-to-back MC’s but I’ve got a hunch he breaks out of his slump in a big way. Finished second here in 2009 and hasn’t won in more than a year. His Ryder Cup hopes also could use a jumpstart. … Like Mahan, Dufner needs to make his move if he’s going to make the Ryder Cup team. No time like the present. … Day’s thumb seems healed as he’s playing his third in a row. It could be Jason’s day. … Rose won here in 2010 and plays his best on tough courses such as Congressional. … Woodland, who has made 15 straight cuts and finished T-16 here last year, can take advantage of his power game on Congo’s long track. … Baddeley is on a run of five made cuts in a row and finished second last week. He’s a great putter and his ballstriking is finally starting to catch up to it after a move to a new instructor. … De Jonge, who has made seven straight cuts in a row, has to rank high on the list of best Tour pros without a win. Maybe this will be his week.

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The field for the PGA Tour’s 2014 Quicken Loans National, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 5. Jason Day
  • 7. Tiger Woods
  • 9. Jordan Spieth
  • 12. Justin Rose
  • 13. Bill Haas
  • 14. Webb Simpson
  • 17. Gary Woodland
  • 19. Keegan Bradley
  • 21. Charley Hoffman
  • 26. Jason Dufner
  • 28. Brendon Todd
  • 32. K.J. Choi
  • 35. Hunter Mahan
  • 40. George McNeill
  • 41. Ryan Palmer
  • 42. Charles Howell III
  • 43. J.B. Holmes
  • 46. Brendon de Jonge
  • 47. Brandt Snedeker
  • 49. Russell Knox
  • 51. Matt Every
  • 52. Marc Leishman
  • 53. Daniel Summerhays
  • 57. Stewart Cink
  • 60. Cameron Tringale
  • 65. Ben Martin
  • 66. Pat Perez
  • 67. Freddie Jacobson
  • 69. Brendan Steele
  • 70. Rory Sabbatini
  • 74. Justin Hicks
  • 75. Stuart Appleby
  • 76. Kevin Chappell
  • 78. Martin Flores
  • 83. Michael Putnam
  • 85. Peter Hanson
  • 86. Robert Garrigus
  • 87. John Merrick
  • 88. Bryce Molder
  • 89. Nick Watney
  • 91. Billy Horschel
  • 92. Retief Goosen
  • 97. Will MacKenzie
  • 98. Patrick Reed
  • 101. Brian Harman
  • 102. Camilo Villegas
  • 107. Erik Compton
  • 109. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 113. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 115. Ernie Els
  • 117. Billy Hurley III
  • 118. Tim Wilkinson
  • 125. Carl Pettersson
  • 126. Robert Streb
  • 131. Aaron Baddeley
  • 135. Jason Bohn
  • 137. Brian Davis
  • 144. Bo Van Pelt
  • 145. Vijay Singh
  • 146. Martin Laird
  • 147. Brice Garnett
  • 151. Angel Cabrera
  • 153. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 154. John Huh
  • 159. Scott Brown
  • 160. Davis Love III
  • 164. Roberto Castro
  • 170. Russell Henley
  • 173. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 180. Andres Romero
  • 184. Shawn Stefani
  • 188. Heath Slocum
  • 191. Josh Teater
  • 194. Andrew Svoboda
  • 203. Ricky Barnes
  • 204. Chad Collins
  • 206. David Lingmerth
  • 207. J.J. Henry
  • 208. Wes Roach
  • 209. Steven Bowditch
  • 215. Y.E. Yang
  • 216. James Driscoll
  • 217. Chesson Hadley
  • 221. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 224. Charlie Wi
  • 226. James Hahn
  • 229. Nicholas Thompson
  • 234. Jonathan Byrd
  • 238. Kevin Kisner
  • 242. Ben Curtis
  • 244. Greg Chalmers
  • 248. Richard H. Lee
  • 249. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 257. Sean O’Hair
  • 277. Spencer Levin
  • 279. Bud Cauley
  • 283. Tyrone Van Aswegen
  • 291. Robert Allenby
  • 296. Danny Lee
  • 318. Charlie Beljan
  • 331. Scott Stallings
  • 339. Troy Merritt
  • 343. D.H. Lee
  • 353. Trevor Immelman
  • 359. Kyle Stanley
  • 367. Mike Weir
  • 385. Woody Austin
  • 387. Hudson Swafford
  • 410. John Rollins
  • 416. Johnson Wagner
  • 424. Mark Wilson
  • 432. Andrew Loupe
  • 444. Jim Renner
  • 501. Harrison Frazar
  • 613. Derek Ernst
  • 775. Brady Watt
  • N/R. Arjun Atwal
  • N/R. Patrick Cantlay
  • N/R. Oliver Goss
  • N/R. Patrick Rodgers

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