Quicken Loans National Betting – Thur 30th July from 19:30 live on Sky Sports 4
After last week’s Canadian Open, the PGA Tour heads to Gainesville, Virginia for the Quicken Loans National, an event which is hosted by Tiger Woods and raises funds and awareness for his foundation. The former world number one is in the field, as is the defending champion, Justin Rose and two time winner this year, Rickie Fowler.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Club will host this year’s Quicken Loans National, following on from a course Robert Trent Jones redesigned, Congressional Country Club. The course has not previously hosted a professional stroke play event, however it has had the honour of hosting the President’s Cup on four occasions, most recently in 2005. This exquisite venue is a par 71 that will play up to 7,425 yards and Lake Manassas is the centrepiece of the course and is visible from most holes. Finally, at 7,425 yards, the course is relatively long, therefore I expect driving distance to be advantageous this week.
Stewart Cink – Stewart Cink is one of the few players playing this week that played in the 2005 President Cup, therefore he’s competed around this week’s venue before, unlike the majority of the field. Cink is a top quality player, he’s a five time winner on the PGA Tour and has also won the British Open. The American comes into this event in good form, he finished 5th in last week’s RBC Canadian Open and 20th the week before in the Open Championship. Finally, Cink’s a relatively long driver of the ball and spoke positively about his game after his top five in Canada, and I believe he’s an excellent bet at 80/1.
1pt each way @ 80/1
Andres Romero – Argentine, Andres Romero had a poor start to the season, however his results have improved in recent weeks, and his game is clearly in great shape. He finished 14th in a world class field in the U.S. Open a month ago and has since recorded top ten finishes in the Greenbrier Classic and the Barbasol Championship. Despite this, Romero still has a lot of work to do to secure his PGA Tour card, therefore I expect he’s been working hard on his game. In a very weak field, I see very little downside in backing Andres Romero at 80/1 and I perceive the price to be of great value.
0.75pts each way @ 80/1
Ricky Barnes – I was shocked when I saw Ricky Barnes was priced at 150/1 given the strength of the field and his form in recent weeks. Like Andres Romero, Barnes needs to produce some good performances to retain his PGA Tour card, he’s currently ranked 151st in the Fedexcup standings and must finish inside the top 125. Two weeks ago in the Barbasol Championship, Barnes finished in 3rd position, his best performance of the season. The American followed that up with another good performance last week in the Canadian Open, he tied for 11th and his whole game appeared to be in decent shape.
0.5pts each way @ 150/1
Prices correct at time of writing.
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