Who are some players who might do well at the 2015 Quicken Loans?
Pick to Win:
Justin Rose (8/1): This week, Rose is the “defending champion.” But this is a brand new course, so that title is largely meaningless. However, he is the best player in this field, and seems to be finding his stride. In his last three tournaments, he has finished second, 27th and 6th, with two of those tournaments being major championships. In the beginning of the season, he struggled with injury problems and putting woes. However, his putting has been elite lately, and without his putter or an injury holding him back, I believe that nothing will.
Players to Watch:
Will Wilcox (40/1): Last week, Wilcox withdrew from the RBC with an injury, which is why I am avoiding him in fantasy this week. At one point, I was considering picking him to win it this week, as his stats are unbelievable: He is ranked 15th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green; 50th in Strokes Gained: Putting; fifth in Total Driving; seventh in Scrambling; seventh in Approaches from 175-200 yds; and fifth in Par 4 Scoring Average. In addition, his last two tournaments have resulted in a runner-up finish at The Barbasol Championship and a T-8th place finish at the John Deere Classic. If he’s healthy, he could win this thing.
Ollie Schniederjans (80/1): To those who don’t follow golf a lot, this is a brand new name to hear. Schniederjans is one of the biggest prospects in golf, and so far has not disappointed. In his last three events, two of which were majors, he has finished 22nd, 12th and 42th. He’ll be looking to continue playing strongly this week, in what will be a weaker field than he has seen of late.
Russell Knox (50/1): His last two tournaments haven’t gone well, with a missed cut following a withdraw after one round of play. Before that, he had been on a stretch of seven made cuts in a row, including five top-25s. This course should suit him well, as he is elite at Par 4 Scoring, ranking seventh on tour. In addition, he is ranked top-70 in Total Driving, Scrambling and Approaches from 175-200 yds.
Vaughn Taylor (125/1): This season, Vaughn has played in nine tournaments, and has only missed the cut once. Of those eight made cuts, he has finished top-25 in five of them. He doesn’t have enough tournaments to be listed on PGATour.com’s statistical pages, but if he were listed, he’d be ranked 13th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green; 30th in Strokes Gained: Putting; and sixth in Approaches from 175-200yds. All of this, combined with the fact that he has made four cuts in a row with no finishes outside the top-50, makes for a solid 125/1 bet.
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