Quicken Loans National 2018: Course and form stats for this week's PGA Tour event

American golfer Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley: Last year's champion continues to hit plenty of Greens in Regulation
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TPC Potomac hosts this week's Quicken Loans National. Check out our course and current form stats compiled by Andy Swales ...

"For the 2017 event the greens were firm and fast, one of the reasons why TPC Potomac proved to be the toughest non-major course on last season's PGA Tour."

The PGA Tour is off to Maryland for this week's Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac.

Just 12 months ago, Potomac returned to the Tour schedule after an 11-year absence and quickly earned a reputation for being one of the toughest layouts on the calendar.

It also received plenty of plaudits, which was a welcome relief to tournament organisers following a $20m refurbishment project.

The original 1986 design, which was not hugely popular with Tour pros, underwent some serious surgery, with changes made to 15 holes. A handful of holes experienced major reconstruction, while others witnessed more minor alterations.

Back in its early years the course suffered from drainage problems, while the putting surfaces were often deemed as being unsatisfactory for hosting top level professional sport.

However, these issues appear to be consigned to history as was the venue's original title TPC Avenel.

For the 2017 event the greens were firm and fast, one of the reasons why TPC Potomac proved to be the toughest non-major course on last season's PGA Tour.

The only layouts with a higher average score above par were the ones which staged the PGA Championship, Masters and The Open.

Potomac was even statistically more difficult than Erin Hills, host of the US Open, as well as TPC Sawgrass.

Six Hardest PGA Tour Courses of 2017

(+ Average Round Score Over Par)

1: Quail Hollow (PGA Championship) (+ 2.468)
2: Augusta National (The Masters) (+ 1.887)
3: Royal Birkdale (Open Championship) (+ 1.852)
4: TPC Potomac (Quicken Loans National) (+ 1.458)
5: TPC Sawgrass (Players Championship) (+ 1.291)
6: Erin Hills (US Open) (+ 1.204)

In addition to its challenging greens, there was tight fairways and heavy rough to contend with, while Potomac has some of the smallest putting surfaces on Tour.

Set in 220 acres of rolling woodland, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is around 15 miles north-west of the White House at Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Among those consulted, ahead of its re-design, included Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Fred Funk and Davis Love, with the vastly changed course opening for business in April 2009.

Star Attraction

Rickie Fowler is the biggest name teeing-up in Maryland this week, with the American one of many leading pros to have praised the course 12 months ago.

Fowler tied-third in 2017 and it's a shame that on a course of this difficulty, he is the only member of the world's top 10 taking part.

The two players who finished ahead of him last July are also returning, with both in good current shape.

Winner Kyle Stanley was runner-up at the recent Memorial Tournament and will fancy his chances of a repeat victory - if he continues to play his accurate brand of golf.

Stanley topped the Greens in Regulation standings at this event last year, and he is currently third in the same category for season-long stats on the PGA Tour during 2018.

Charles Howell, who lost a play-off to Stanley in 2017, was also runner-up over the old TPC Avenel layout 14 years ago.

In-form Italian Francesco Molinari tries his hand on a course which should suit his game, while Tiger Woods has decided to face the challenge of Potomac for the first time.

Tier Two Experience

Before the course returned to the Tour rota last year, it hosted two Web.com events in 2012 and 2013.

Chesson Hadley was second here five years ago when Si Woo Kim narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish.

Sung Kang has posted top-10 finishes at Potomac on both the Web and PGA tours, while impressive young Chilean Joaquin Niemann returns following a two-week break.

Two other names to consider are Kevin Na and Stewart Cink.

Na returns from Korea where he tied-fifth on Sunday, while a rejuvenated Cink has just enjoyed back-to-back top-six finishes for the first time in almost nine years.

The 2009 Open champion is one of the best in the business for consistently hitting greens in regulation.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14
Rickie Fowler 20 8 14 MC 21 2
Francesco Molinari 25 2 1 MC 16 49 20
Marc Leishman MC 45 62 2 63 MC 9
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 15 MC 13 5 30 45 44
Kyle Stanley 15 MC 2 MC 13 52
Gary Woodland 36 23 MC MC MC MC
Si Woo Kim 26 MC 29 66 63 45 2 24
Adam Hadwin 42 MC MC* 52 57 16 24
Byeong Hun An 67 MC 2 15 30 63 MC 7
Charles Howell 25 26 65 9 17 21 55
Jimmy Walker 56 20 6 2 25 4 20
Chesson Hadley MC MC 40 20 11 16 4 20 7
Kevin Na 5 MC 4 6 46 MC MC MC
Andrew Landry MC 65 MC 67 Wd MC 1 42
Tiger Woods MC 23 11 55 32
James Hahn 36 45 MC MC MC MC MC
Ted Potter MC MC 57 42 41 27 16 MC
Bill Haas MC 36 57 14 MC MC MC MC* 7
Beau Hossler 2 44 64 32 46 34 51 16
Billy Horschel MC 51 MC 21 37 1 11 5 MC
JB Holmes 2 3 13 42 MC 42 MC MC
Jamie Lovemark 19 37 17 MC 10 30
Nick Watney MC 57 MC 37 2 31 20 32
Ollie Schniederjans MC MC 65 74 MC* 34 36 42
Martin Laird 61 23 MC MC 57 7 11 32
Anirban Lahiri 9 37 58 26 MC MC 58 MC
Kevin Streelman 33 44 76 MC MC 8 7
Brian Gay 20 12 44 12 MC* MC MC 70
Patrick Rodgers 26 41 8 MC 53 MC 34 MC
Ryan Palmer MC 51 MC MC 23 MC MC 76
Jason Kokrak MC MC 32 46 MC 36 MC
Sung Kang MC MC 57 MC 42 MC MC 36 MC MC
Keith Mitchell 56 37 MC 3 MC* 34 MC 26 55
Whee Kim 1 29 58 MC MC 22 MC 50
Danny Lee 15 MC MC 14 7 MC MC 51 55
JJ Spaun 47 MC MC 3 MC MC 26 MC
Andrew Putnam 2 20 42 MC* 15 8
Stewart Cink 2 4 MC 58 MC 72 MC 42
Rory Sabbatini MC 44 20 13 30 27 MC 23
Ryan Armour 56 23 14 59 MC MC MC 55
Scott Stallings 38 MC 30 MC MC MC MC 55
Kevin Tway 6 MC 65 5 9 46 MC MC 36 67
Trey Mullinax 67 MC 6 MC 58 MC MC 31 2
Harold Varner MC MC 51 MC 7 55 MC MC MC
Scott Brown 47 MC MC MC 23 MC 15 MC MC
Tom Hoge MC MC 13 42 MC* MC* 10 MC 55
Kelly Kraft 47 66 35 MC MC MC MC MC MC
CT Pan MC 18 20 32 46 MC* MC MC 23
Sam Saunders 47 MC MC MC 9 MC MC
Abraham Ancer MC MC 57 52 42 MC MC 58
Chris Stroud MC Wd 46 67 28 Wd MC
John Huh 61 MC 44 42 MC MC 36 MC 23
Aaron Baddeley MC 25 37 MC MC MC MC 16 55
Harris English MC MC 20 MC MC MC 36 32
Joaquin Niemann MC 6 8 MC MC 6 MC
Talor Gooch MC MC MC MC 13 MC MC
David Lingmerth 19 MC 29 MC MC MC MC 51 74
Vaughn Taylor 47 18 20 59 MC 42 16 MC
Richy Werenski 26 MC 4 74 MC 23 MC 25 11 MC
Ben Silverman MC 67 11 MC MC MC 45
Stephan Jaeger MC MC MC MC 1 MC MC MC
Brandon Harkins 38 37 MC 66 67 63 MC MC* MC
Robert Garrigus MC 18 Wd 21 MC MC MC MC
Nick Taylor MC 30 MC 32 MC* MC MC MC
Jonas Blixt MC MC MC 27 MC 14
Ben Martin MC MC 32 MC MC MC 45 55
Mackenzie Hughes 42 MC MC MC 42 57 59 MC MC MC
Martin Piller MC MC MC 77 21 MC MC
Alex Cejka 33 40 66 MC 27 31
Brian Stuard MC MC MC 70 32 42 MC 28 36 67
Sam Ryder 26 MC 42 MC MC 36 MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC* 52 53 MC 42 MC
Dominic Bozzelli 72 51 59 MC MC MC 40
Ryan Blaum 12 18 MC 6 MC* MC* MC MC
Tyrone Van Aswegen MC MC 14 MC 66 MC* 19 MC 23
Nicholas Lindheim MC 56 32 32 MC 25 36
Derek Fathauer MC 56 42 16 MC MC MC MC
Matt Jones 19 MC 51 13 19 MC
Michael Thompson 32 59 MC 42 68 42
Seamus Power 36 12 Dq MC 27 10 MC
Ben Crane MC 8 53 31 11
JT Poston MC 18 20 26 MC MC 30
Rob Oppenheim MC MC MC 57 MC 15 MC
Tom Lovelady 61 MC 58 70 34 MC MC
Nate Lashley 37 Wd 32 MC 15 MC
Troy Merritt MC 12 53 42 10 36
Chad Campbell MC 45 42 MC MC 19 MC MC
Lanto Griffin 38 MC MC 2 MC MC MC 58
Corey Conners MC 68 8 53 42 MC 26 MC
Martin Flores 72 MC MC 26 MC 59 MC MC MC
Jonathan Byrd MC MC MC 42 MC 15 MC 50
Johnson Wagner MC 32 13 MC 20
Adam Schenk MC MC MC 59 MC 7 58
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC MC MC 70 MC MC
Daniel Summerhays MC MC MC 8 6 58
Jonathan Randolph MC 70 MC 70 31 MC
Tyler Duncan 33 56 37 71 26 MC* 7 MC
Joel Dahmen MC MC 20 16 16 25 MC*
Shawn Stefani MC MC 66 26 42 MC MC
Cody Gribble 30 MC 32 30 34 MC MC
Bronson Burgoon MC MC 16 MC MC
Denny McCarthy 47 18 42 MC 25 20
Smylie Kaufman MC MC MC MC MC MC
Rod Pampling MC MC* MC 70 MC MC 68 32
DA Points MC MC MC MC MC MC
Cameron Tringale 69 MC MC 27 MC MC
Michael Kim MC 18 MC MC 15 MC 77
David Hearn MC MC MC 10 16 MC
Geoff Ogilvy MC 32 MC MC MC MC
Blayne Barber 26 MC MC MC 67 MC MC
Cameron Percy 44 26 6 Wd 70 10 MC
JJ Henry 42 MC MC MC 67 MC* 10 MC 16
Ricky Barnes MC MC Dq MC 51
Zac Blair 45 67 42 38 MC 36
Billy Hurley 47 MC MC MC* MC MC MC
Jason Gore MC MC 35 68 Wd Wd
Ethan Tracy 69 MC MC 13 38 5 72
Roberto Diaz MC MC 20 66 MC MC MC
Peter Malnati 26 30 59 34 MC 64 67
Matt Every MC MC MC MC MC MC 55
Hunter Mahan 56 MC MC 45
Fabian Gomez 19 45 MC 32 MC* MC MC 50
Stuart Appleby MC 12 MC MC MC MC MC
Tim Herron 37 11 MC
Dylan Meyer MC 20
Doug Ghim MC MC 50
Doc Redman MC 50 MC
Player 2017
Rickie Fowler 3
Francesco Molinari
Marc Leishman 5
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kyle Stanley 1
Gary Woodland
Si Woo Kim MC
Adam Hadwin MC
Byeong Hun An 29
Charles Howell 2
Jimmy Walker MC
Chesson Hadley
Kevin Na 22
Andrew Landry
Tiger Woods
James Hahn 46
Ted Potter
Bill Haas 13
Beau Hossler
Billy Horschel 26
JB Holmes 68
Jamie Lovemark
Nick Watney 13
Ollie Schniederjans 63
Martin Laird 3
Anirban Lahiri
Kevin Streelman 17
Brian Gay 43
Patrick Rodgers 22
Ryan Palmer
Jason Kokrak 26
Sung Kang 5
Keith Mitchell
Whee Kim Wd
Danny Lee 22
JJ Spaun MC
Andrew Putnam
Stewart Cink
Rory Sabbatini
Ryan Armour
Scott Stallings 38
Kevin Tway 55
Trey Mullinax 46
Harold Varner 65
Scott Brown
Tom Hoge
Kelly Kraft 43
CT Pan MC
Sam Saunders 61
Abraham Ancer
Chris Stroud MC
John Huh MC
Aaron Baddeley MC
Harris English 22
Joaquin Niemann
Talor Gooch
David Lingmerth 5
Vaughn Taylor 61
Richy Werenski
Ben Silverman
Stephan Jaeger
Brandon Harkins
Robert Garrigus 29
Nick Taylor 29
Jonas Blixt MC
Ben Martin 5
Mackenzie Hughes 51
Martin Piller
Alex Cejka MC
Brian Stuard
Sam Ryder
Robert Streb 55
Dominic Bozzelli MC
Ryan Blaum 55
Tyrone Van Aswegen 26
Nicholas Lindheim
Derek Fathauer 68
Matt Jones 38
Michael Thompson Wd
Seamus Power 38
Ben Crane 38
JT Poston
Rob Oppenheim
Tom Lovelady
Nate Lashley
Troy Merritt MC
Chad Campbell
Lanto Griffin
Corey Conners
Martin Flores 55
Jonathan Byrd
Johnson Wagner 5
Adam Schenk
Xin Jun Zhang
Daniel Summerhays 17
Jonathan Randolph 29
Tyler Duncan
Joel Dahmen
Shawn Stefani 55
Cody Gribble MC
Bronson Burgoon
Denny McCarthy
Smylie Kaufman MC
Rod Pampling MC
DA Points 65
Cameron Tringale MC
Michael Kim 35
David Hearn 73
Geoff Ogilvy 13
Blayne Barber MC
Cameron Percy 46
JJ Henry 68
Ricky Barnes 17
Zac Blair 29
Billy Hurley 63
Jason Gore 13
Ethan Tracy
Roberto Diaz
Peter Malnati 38
Matt Every MC
Hunter Mahan
Fabian Gomez Wd
Stuart Appleby
Tim Herron
Dylan Meyer
Doug Ghim
Doc Redman
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