Players to watch at Tiger Tournament
New name, same excitement
The PGA TOUR comes to a stop at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland this week, with the Quicken Loans National being played from Thursday, June 26th to Sunday, June 29th. Formerly known as the AT&T National, this year's edition features the return of Tiger Woods plus a field with names like Spieth, Dufner, and defending champ Bill Haas. Here are ten players to especially keep an eye on.
The world of golf will have their eyes on Tiger all tournament long, as he is competing for the first time since having back surgery three-and-a-half months ago. In addition, he's won this tournament twice, it benefits his foundation, and it's hosted by Woods, meaning there will be a lot of extra pressure and attention on him this weekend.
Bill Haas won last year's event, his fifth victory on the PGA TOUR, and will look to defend his crown this year at Congressional. A win would make him the short lived tournament's second two-time champ, joining Tiger Woods.
Day is ranked seventh in the world, which is second highest in this year's field. The Australian born golfer is said to have read books about Woods in college that led him to become a golf addict; winning Tiger's tournament would make for a pretty good story.
Despite only having been a full-time member on the PGA TOUR for a little less than a year, Spieth has already garnered a ton of attention for his outstanding play. If the youngest runner-up in Masters history were to win this week's tournament, he'd have to wait until July 27th to celebrate with an adult beverage, as he is only 20 years old.
Justin Rose enters this weekend's tournament ranked tenth in the Official World Golf Rankings. He has notched a top five finish in all four majors, including becoming the first English player to win a US Open in 43 years when he hoisted the trophy in 2013.
A crowd favorite and inspiration behind a twitter phenomenon (who doesn't love #Dufnering?), the Ohio native has won three times on the PGA TOUR, but has really come on as of late. He won the PGA Championship in 2013 and finished fourth in the US open in 2012 and 2013.
The 28 year old Bradley is ranked 24th in the world. He's one of four players ever to win a major in their major debut (the 2011 PGA Championship).
Simpson is one of the top American born golfers right now, checking in at 24th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He's best known for his 2012 US Open title, but he also finished second on the PGA TOUR money list in 2011.
The 33 year old Nashville native has 6 PGA TOUR wins to his name. He was the TOUR's Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was the FedEx Cup champion two years ago.
The two-time major winner narrowly missed on a third, finishing runner-up at the Masters in 2013. Known affectionately as "El Pato" (the duck) for his waddling gait, the 44 year old Argentine has been a pro for 25 years.
One of the top golfers for the past two decades, Els has slipped a bit in the rankings, as he now resides at number 56. However, he's a four time major winner with a great nickname ("The Big Easy), both very important things for a golfer's resume.