With Tiger Woods announcing his return to the PGA Tour on Friday, just in time for this week’s 2014 Quicken Loans National, one question begs to be asked.
Can you bet on Tiger Woods to make a triumphant return to the links?
The answer of course is…most definitely.
Not only is Tiger Woods back on tour, but he’s already one of the favorites to win according to oddsmakers. Whether or not Woods can justify his odds as one of the top favorites, is another story altogether.
— QL National (@QLNational) June 20, 2014
Let’s examine just whom, the potential winner could be.
Quicken Loans National Golf Betting Odds
Golf Odds For The Favorites
- Jason Day 14/1
- Jordan Spieth 14/1
- Justin Rose 14/1
- Tiger Woods 14/1
- Brandt Snedeker 22/1
- Keegan Bradley 25/1
- Bill Haas 28/1
- Webb Simpson 28/1
- Brendon Todd 33/1
- Hunter Mahan 33/1
- Jason Dufner 33/1
- K.J. Choi 33/1
Can The Field Compete?
Tiger Woods is back in action just three months after undergoing back surgery. He will tee it up with a trio of other World Top 10 players in No. 7 Jason Day, No. 9 Jordan Spieth and No. 10 Justin Rose.
The field is official! 4 returning past champs. 297 collective PGA TOUR wins. Doesn't get much better. http://t.co/mk8yluk93v
— QL National (@QLNational) June 20, 2014
The field also includes a dozen other PGA TOUR winners this year alone including two-time winner, Patrick Reed (Humana Challenge, World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship) and world No. 1 amateur (until he makes his pro debut in this event).
What’s The Scoop?
Woods has made just four starts this season, with a best finish of 25th before sitting out the Masters, The Players Championship and the U.S. Open. Justin Rose, the 2010 champion during the event’s two-year stint at Aronimink is looking to join Woods as a two-time winner of this event. Rose and Peter Hanson are the only prominent European Tour players who haven’t headed back across the Atlantic to prepare for the upcoming British Open. U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton is also in the field.
Can Tiger Woods win the Quicken Loans National?
Of course he can…can’t he? Woods won here by one stroke in 2009 and by two strokes in 2012, so clearly, he knows how to win this event. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that no one knows just which Tiger Woods is going to show up at this event and I suspect Woods himself doesn’t know how he’s going to fare – or hold up – against elite, world class competition.
Can Jason Day win the Quicken Loans National?
Maybe. Day won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February and he is ranked 24th in the PGA Tour standings, but for a guy that has yet to win a major and one that underachieves at the worst moment possible…I’m not sure.
Can Jordan Spieth win the Quicken Loans National?
Um…yeah, the 20-year-old sure could win this tournament. Spieth finished in a tie for second at the 2014 Masters with Jonas Blixt to become the youngest runner-up in Masters history. His fine performance also vaulted him into the top ten in the world rankings. Spieth also shot par or better in all four rounds at the Masters which, as most golf experts will tell you, is an accomplishment all its own.
Can Justin Rose win the Quicken Loans National?
Nope…I don’t see it happening. Rose did win this event back in 2010 at Aromink and won his first major championship by bringing home the hardware at the 2013 U.S. Open while becoming the first English player to win a major since Nick Faldo way back in 1996. Rose however, is now 43d in the PGA Tour rankings and hasn’t looked particularly strong in not winning this year with just four top 10 finishes.
Who’s the Dark Horse to win the Quicken Loans National?
KJ Choi won the Quicken Loans Nation in 2007 and finished second in 2011. Of all the players that aren’t among the top four favorites, Choi is the one I like most to pull off the ‘upset’ win.
My Pick to win the Quicken Loans National?
KJ Choi is my pick to win this year’s Quicken Loans National mostly because he’s a veteran that has won here before and is about due, in my opinion, to find his way into the winner’s circle.
Choi is ranked a solid 38th on the PGA Tour, but he’s had a bit of a rough year so far. The good news is that Choi just finished second at the Traveler’s Championship this past weekend, so he could very well be primed to strike pay dirt this weekend.
Television Coverage for Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament
Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).
Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS).
Radio Coverage for Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
Sunday, 1-7 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com).
Other PGA Tour Quicken Loans Info:
FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points.
Charity: The Tiger Woods Foundation, with proceeds earmarked for two Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses in Washington, D.C., along with 25 Tiger Woods Scholars who come from the D.C. area.
72-Hole Record: 267, Tiger Woods (2009), Nick Watney (2011 at Aronimink G.C.).
18-Hole Record: 62, Anthony Kim (1st round, 2009), Hunter Mahan (4th round, 2009), Nick Watney (3rd round, 2011 at Aronimink GC).
Last Year: Bill Haas nabbed his fifth PGA Tour victory, finishing with a sizzling 5-under 66 to finish three strokes ahead of Roberto Castro. Haas pulled away with three straight birdies on holes Nos. 8-10.
2007 – K.J. Choi (9-under 271) over Steve Stricker (274)
2008 – Anthony Kim (12-under 268) over Freddie Jacobson (270)
2009 – Tiger Woods (267) over Hunter Mahan (268)
2010 – Aronimink GC – Justin Rose (270) over Ryan Moore (271)
2011 – Aronimink GC – Nick Watney (267) over K.J. Choi (269)
2012 – Tiger Woods (276) over Bo Van Pelt (278)
2013 – Bill Haas (272) over Roberto Castro (275)