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

Jason Day is among the expert picks to win the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National (shown here during his strong showing at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst).
Jason Day is among the expert picks to win the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National (shown here during his strong showing at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst). ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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