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Good day, friends and degenerates! It’s time, once more, for your chance at (almost) free money! The PGA Tour rolls into (kind of) our Nation’s Capital for the Quicken Loans National. While the Big Cat won’t be in town, there are plenty of PGA Tour big dawgs ready to take down the title and add valuable FedExCup points to their…uh…FedExCup points, wallet. Or something.

Regardless, that stuff is boring. I mean, you don’t really give a rats rear about FedExCup points, right? Right.

What you do care about is your own wallet. More importantly, stuffing that wallet with hard-earned cash the wife will never know about! And for that, I’m here to help.

First things first — this year’s Quicken Loans National marks the PGA Tour’s return to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms. The sight has never hosted this particular event, but did host the world’s best from 1984 to 2006. But, like an old flame who has since had work done, it’s a totally different ball game. With lots of improvements and new terrain to tackle, the once familiar could now pose a test of all those skills you’ve honed over the years. I’m still talking about the golf course.

Anyway, any time the Tour comes to a new venue — and this permutation of TPC Potomac is essentially that — you subject yourself to longer betting odds. There are no “horses for courses” or home track heroes to hedge your bets with. You have to know your stuff or you could end up more broke than when you started.

Have no fear, Golfstradamus is here! So get your pencils ready and take note:

Quicken Loans National
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm – Potomac, Maryland
June 29 – July 2, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Rickie Fowler 8/1
Justin Thomas 12/1
Patrick Reed 12/1
Bill Haas 25/1
Marc Leishman 25/1
Brendan Steele 25/1
Kevin Chappell 25/1
Russell Henley 30/1
Tony Finau 30/1
Danny Lee 30/1
David Lingmerth 30/1
J.B. Holmes 30/1
Si Woo Kim 40/1
Bud Cauley 40/1
Kyle Stanley 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Graham DeLaet 40/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
Kevin Streelman 50/1
Xander Schauffele 50/1
Jimmy Walker 60/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Ollie Schniederjans 60/1
Kevin Tway 60/1
James Hahn 60/1
Jason Kokrak 60/1
Kevin Na 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Luke List 80/1
Charles Howell III 80/1
Sung Kang 80/1
Matt Jones 80/1
David Hearn 80/1
Smylie Kaufman 80/1
Daniel Summerhays 80/1
Morgan Hoffmann 80/1
Billy Hurley III 100/1
Boo Weekley 100/1
C.T. Pan 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
Chris Kirk 100/1
Lucas Glover 100/1
Seung-Yul Noh 100/1
Patrick Rodgers 100/1
Hudson Swafford 100/1
Trey Mullinax 100/1
Wesley Bryan 100/1
Bryson DeChambeau 150/1
Field (all others) 11/4

Mortal Locks:

Rickie Fowler — After taking a week off to regroup following his difficult T-5 showing at the U.S. Open — a tournament he led much of the way — the orange one is back in action at the Quicken Loans National this week. Let’s be honest — there isn’t much sales work to do when it comes to Rickie Fowler. You know what you’re getting and you know why you’re taking the action. He’s the favorite at 8/1 this week, but even that’s hard to pass up considering how well he’s been playing. Surely, he’ll be out for blood this week.

Patrick Reed — With all the talk about Dustin Johnson and John Rahm and guys like that this year, it’s been very easy to over look the golf Patrick Reed has been playing. In his last seven starts, Reed has made every cut and collected six top-25 finishes, including a season-best effort at the Travelers last week and a career-best T-13 at the U.S. Open two weeks ago. When a guy like Reed trends that way you absolutely can’t ignore them. At 12/1 the juice is worth the squeeze.

Marc Leishman — He’s already a winner on Tour, but for Marc Leishman is beginning to feel like it’s been a while. The Aussie is a solid fantasy choice any week but doesn’t often get attention against the odds straight up — which is fair. However, he heads into TPC Potomac playing some great golf and in a field that isn’t exactly stacked on a course no one is super familiar with, I like his chances as much as anyone. At 25/1, he offers a solid return on investment.

Bang for Your Buck: 

Xander Schauffele — Everyone seems to be drinking the Xander Schauffele Kool-Aid and you can’t officially count ol’ No. 1 among them. After his remarkable T-5 finish at the U.S. Open, Schauffele showed no real signs of slowing down at the Travelers, finishing in a tie for 14th, book-ending rounds of 70 with 66 and 67 respectively. I can’t imagine he implodes this week and with that much confidence, you’ve got to figure he keeps building on it. At 50/1, a win would make up for a lot of recent short comings.

James Hahn — It seems like every time James Hahn makes a run a tournament, I can’t figure out why the hell I didn’t think to take him. Is he that forgettable? I mean — he shouldn’t be? This week, I’m not going to make that mistake. With a T-3 and a T-6 in two of his last three starts, he’s trending in the right direction and is an excellent sleeper pick in all fantasy formats. At 60/1, he’s a must-make bet for anyone looking for big ROI.

Fun Under $5:

Wesley Bryan — Coming off a disappointing weekend at TPC River Highlands, Wesley Bryan is looking to rebound and perhaps collect PGA Tour win No. 2 in the process. At 100/1, he might just be worth the extra buck or two you were going to spend on a Taco Bell breakfast burrito.

Boo Weekley — Speaking of money better spent, how about taking a flyer on Boo Weekley? I know, it may be a week late on Weekley who found himself in the final pairing with Jordan Spieth last week at the Travelers, but Boo is notoriously streaky and might just surprise some more folks this week. At 100/1, he’s worth a couple shekels.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. It’s time to make some moves! As the mercury climbs and the weather gets hot, so shall I. Winner’s get noticed and losers get lost. It’s time to separate the prophets from the men from the boys. Until next time, go and choose wisely…

-Golfstradamus

 

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