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Bethesda, Maryland – The PGA Tour returns to the nation’s capital this week for the 2016 Quicken Loans National. It’s the 10th playing of the event and the seventh time it’s been played at the classic Congressional Country Club layout.

Unfortunately, the star attraction will not be in the field.

Tournament host and two-time champion Tiger Woods continues to recover from back surgery and will devote his time to off the course activities, much to the chagrin of his legion of fans.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Last Year

American Troy Merritt followed up a sensational 10-under par 61 on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with a final round 67, to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 29-year old finished three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and four up on Sweden’s David Lingmerth. Merritt’s 61 on Saturday and 266, 72-hole total were both course and tournament records.

Six players tied for fourth place with a 12-under par 272 total including Americans Jason Bohn, Bill Haas and Justin Thomas, Justin Rose of England, New Zealander Danny Lee and Sweden’s Carl Pettersson.

Here are the final 2015 Quicken Loans National Results:

1 Troy Merritt 70 68 61 67 266
2 Rickie Fowler 67 65 68 69 269
3 David Lingmerth 68 65 68 69 270
T4 Justin Thomas 66 71 68 67 272
T4 Danny Lee 67 67 69 69 272
T4 Justin Rose 66 71 65 70 272
T4 Jason Bohn 67 67 67 71 272
T4 Carl Pettersson 70 68 64 70 272
T4 Bill Haas 67 71 64 70 272
10 Ryo Ishikawa 63 68 71 71 273
T11 Meenwhee Kim 68 66 67 73 274
T11 Steve Wheatcroft 65 73 68 68 274
T11 Chad Campbell 68 70 69 67 274
T11 Charles Howell III 67 67 67 73 274
T15 Brian Davis 70 70 66 69 275
T15 Greg Owen 66 68 73 68 275
T15 Ollie Schniederjans 66 69 68 72 275

This Year’s Field

The week after a major championship is never going to attract a premium field, but the lure of the Tiger Woods’ name has at least attracted a few of the top players in the world to the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Overall 9 of the Top 40 players in the world will tee it up on Thursday, led by World #6 Rickie Fowler. Other top players in the field include 13th ranked Patrick Reed and U.S. Open runner-up Jim Furyk, currently ranked 19th.

They are joined by a group of players ranked between 27 and 39 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

That group includes Korea’s Byeong Hun An (27th in the world rankings), Americans Justin Thomas (33rd), Charley Hoffman (35th), Kevin Chappell (38th) and Bill Haas (39th) and Australian Marc Leishman, who currently sits 37th in the world.

Past Champions

With Tiger and two-time champion Justin Rose on the sidelines, only three of the seven champions in the tournament’s brief history will be teeing it up, looking for a second title.

In addition to defending champion Troy Merritt, the only other former winners in the field are 2013 champion Bill Haas and Korea’s K.J. Choi, who won the tournament’s inaugural event in 2007.

2011 winner Nick Watney and 2008 Quicken Loans National champion Anthony Kim join Woods and Rose as no-shows for the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Hottest Players in the Field

According to the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings (RFGR), here at the hottest players in the field for the 2016 Quicken Loans National:

POS NAT PLAYER RFGR OWGR
1 USA Jim Furyk 5 19
2 USA Daniel Summerhays 14 86
3 USA Kevin Streelman 26 98
4 USA Kevin Chappell 28 38
5 USA Brendan Steele 30 75
6 KOR Byeong Hun An 36 27
7 USA Bryson DeChambeau 37 148
8 AUS Marc Leishman 38 37
9 USA Jon Curran 41 90
10 USA Ryan Palmer 47 62
11 USA Patrick Reed 48 13
12 USA Justin Thomas 51 33

2016 Quicken Loans National – Our Picks

Here are the players we feel have the best chance of winning the 2016 Quicken Loans National:

1. Kevin Chappell – Three seconds in 2015-16. First win is coming.

2. Justin Thomas – Looks ready to become a two-time PGA winner

3. Bill Haas – Great record at Tiger’s event. 2013 champion.

4. Jim Furyk – Looks to be completely recovered after strong U.S. Open.

5. Bryson DeChambeau – First win will come sooner than later.

2016 Quicken Loans National – Sleepers

Here are the players we think could post a strong result at the 2016 Quicken Loans National but may be a little less highly rated:

1. Byeong Hun An– Some week, U.S golf fans will find out how good he really is.

2. K.J. Choi – Past winner here has shown flashed this year

3. Roberto Castro– Second at Wells Fargo shows he’s ready to win.

4. Brendan Steele– String of Top 20’s indicates something better is close

5. Keegan Bradley – T8 at the Memorial could be a sign of good things to come.

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