The TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is the former home of the Booz Allen Classic, a PGA Tour event which ran until 2006 and was won in its closing years by Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia. After being widely criticised for severe drainage issues and the poor quality of some of its design, the 7,100-yard course was extensively remodelled and returned to the schedule as host of the Quicken Loans National, formerly the AT&T National, for the first time last year. A new irrigation system means the course is no longer prone to waterlogging, while every bunker has been redesigned. A creek runs through the grounds, although it doesn’t present a hazard on the majority of holes. Kyle Stanley became the first champion at the revamped course when he defeated Charles Howell III in a playoff 12 months ago.
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With Justin Thomas competing in France and several of the world’s top 10 players taking a week off, Rickie Fowler heads the betting for this return to Avenel Farm. The world number eight is at best price of just 7/1* with Ladbrokes and Coral and leads the market from Tiger Woods, a 12/1* chance with most bookmakers. Marc Leishman is widely available at 18/1*, the winner of the recent BMW PGA Championship Francesco Molinari is at 22/1* with Bet365 and the defending champion Stanley is a 25/1* chance with Ladbrokes.
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David Lingmerth has been very much out of sorts this season with six missed cuts in 15 starts, failing to register a top 10 finish, but he played well at last week’s Travelers Championship and has a fondness for both this course and this tournament. The Swede, who was 19th in Connecticut on Sunday, tied for fifth here last year and was third when this event was staged at the Robert Trent Jones club in 2015. He also shot three rounds of 66 on his way to a Web.com Tour win at Avenel Farm in 2012. He’s 40/1* in places, but Paddy Power go 66/1*.
JB Holmes arrives in Maryland on the back of eight successive sub-70 rounds that have produced a third-place finish at the St Jude Classic and a runners-up spot at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Prior to that he was 13th at the Memorial Tournament and you have to fancy him to keep this little purple patch going this week. Bet365 are offering best odds of 28/1*.
Nick Watney has had a troubled few years, missing most of 2016 because of a back injury and then struggling for form last season, but he has played consistently well this year. He has missed only two cuts from 14 starts, compared to 10 in 23 last season, and was second at the Wells Fargo Championship last month. The 37-year-old was 13th here last year and if you’re looking for an each-way outsider at a big price, he could be the ideal choice. Ladbrokes and William Hill go 100/1*.