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Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler headline 2018 Quicken Loans National field

Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler headline 2018 Quicken Loans National field

The 120-man field for the 2018 Quicken Loans National is set.

The tournament, which will run from June 28 - July 1 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, boasts six former champions, including tournament host Tiger Woods. World No. 8 Rickie Fowler headlines the rest of the field that includes defending champion Kyle Stanley, World Nos. 15 and 16 Francesco Molinari and Marc Leishman and 2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker.

2018 QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL HOW TO WATCH:

What: The Quicken Loans National
When: Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st 
Where: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Maryland

DAY 1 COVERAGE (Thursday, June 28):

Time/ TV Channel: 
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Livestream: Golf Channel Live extra

DAY 2 COVERAGE (Friday, June 29):

Time/ TV Channel: 
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Livestream: Golf Channel Live extra

DAY 3 COVERAGE (Saturday, June 30):

Time/ TV Channel: 
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Golf Channel
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CBS
Livestream: Golf Channel Live/CBSSports Live

DAY 4 COVERAGE (Sunday, July 1):

Time/ TV Channel: 
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Golf Channel
3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CBS
Livestream: Golf Channel Live/CBSSports Live

2018 QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL FIELD

Byeong Hun An
Abraham Ancer
Kiradech Aphibarnrat*
Ryan Armour
Aaron Baddeley
Blayne Barber
Zac Blair
Ryan Blaum
Jonas Blixt
Dominic Bozzelli
Scott Brown
Bronson Burgoon
Chad Campbell
Alex Cejka
Stewart Cink
Corey Conners
Ben Crane
Joel Dahmen
Tyler Duncan
Harris English
Matt Every
Derek Fathauer
Martin Flores
Rickie Fowler
Robert Garrigus
Brian Gay
Doug Ghim*
Fabián Gómez
Talor Gooch
Jason Gore*
Cody Gribble
Lanto Griffin*
Bill Haas
Chesson Hadley
Adam Hadwin
James Hahn
Brandon Harkins
David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tom Hoge
J.B. Holmes
Billy Horschel
Beau Hossler
Charles Howell III
Mackenzie Hughes
John Huh
Billy Hurley III
Stephan Jaeger
Matt Jones
Sung Kang
Michael Kim
Si Woo Kim
Whee Kim
Jason Kokrak
Kelly Kraft
Anirban Lahiri
Martin Laird
Andrew Landry
Nate Lashley
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Nicholas Lindheim
David Lingmerth
Tom Lovelady
Jamie Lovemark
Hunter Mahan
Peter Malnati
Ben Martin
Denny McCarthy
Troy Merritt
Dylan Meyer*
Keith Mitchell
Francesco Molinari
Trey Mullinax
Kevin Na
Joaquin Niemann*
Geoff Ogilvy
Rob Oppenheim
Ryan Palmer
Rod Pampling
C.T. Pan
Cameron Percy
Martin Piller
D.A. Points
J.T. Poston
Ted Potter, Jr.
Seamus Power
Andrew Putnam
Jonathan Randolph
Doc Redman
Patrick Rodgers
Sam Ryder
Rory Sabbatini
Sam Saunders
Adam Schenk
Ollie Schniederjans
Ben Silverman
J.J. Spaun
Scott Stallings
Kyle Stanley
Shawn Stefani
Robert Streb
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Brian Stuard
Nick Taylor
Michael Thompson
Ethan Tracy
Kevin Tway
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Harold Varner III
Kristoffer Ventura*
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Nick Watney
Richy Werenski
Gary Woodland
Tiger Woods
Andrew Yun*
Xinjun Zhang

*Denotes Exemption

Tiger, Phil reportedly interested in $10 million, winner-take-all match

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Tiger, Phil reportedly interested in $10 million, winner-take-all match

The sport of golf may have a fifth 'major' on its hands in the near future. 

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who have won a combined 122 PGA Tour events and 19 major championships, are reportedly planning a $10 million winner-take-all match. 

The two legends have long been interconnected, beginning as young boys growing up in the suburbs of Southern California. Being that Mickelson is 5 1/2 years older than Woods, he stole the spotlight during the 1980s setting the bar with numerous junior records. 

The competitive nature between the two stars only grew stronger as their careers reached the PGA Tour level. 

A relationship that began with various press conference jabs and a clear distaste for one another, has recently begun to soften with age. 

After their surprise practice round together at the Masters in April, the golf world was left wondering if the two had something up their sleeves. 

Fast forward a month to the Players Championship that was held May 10–13 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match. Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round," said Mickelson after their round. 

Meanwhile, the golf world had no idea that match negotiations were well underway between the two parties. 

"I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable," said Woods, playing along. 

Per Golf.com, Mickelson and Woods are expected to tee it up in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Knowing how business-oriented the two golfers are, don't be surprised if this head-to-head match isn't just a one-time thing. A time has not been announced. 

Just as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did, Woods and Mickelson seem to have put their once bitter rivalry in the past as they approach the twilight of their career. 

Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

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Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

23-year-old Mexican-born Kristoffer Ventura first picked up the game of golf after receiving a plastic set of clubs for Christmas at the age of two. 

Four years later his mother took him to his first U.S. Kids Golf tournament in Virginia. Ventura's first-place finish took his commitment to the game to a whole new level. 

The Ventura family picked up and left for Norway in what would become an important move for Kris's golf game. 

Ventura quickly became one of the best young golfers in the country, representing the European side at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, finishing second at the 2012 European Nations Cup and representing Norway twice at the World Amateur Team Championships (2012 and 2014). 

Before Charlotte and Carlos (Kris's parents) knew it, coaches from some of the best U.S. college golf programs were traveling overseas to recruit their son. 

After initially committing to Arizona State, Ventura had a change of heart and instead spent four years at Oklahoma State University. 

Ventura enjoyed a successful career as a Cowboy both on the golf course and in the classroom, earning first-team All-Big 12 recognition all four years while earning third-team All-American honors as a sophomore. He also was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick as a junior and second-team All-Big 12 pick this past May as a senior. 

Among his wide array of accomplishments, there's one thing missing: a championship. That was what he and his OSU teammates set out to accomplish during the 2018 season. 

On May 30, the team celebrated a 2018 Division I men's golf national championship on its home course, dominating Alabama in finals match play at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

One former Cowboy showed up to support his former team and his friendship with Ventura dates back to 2014, at least. 

For Ventura, an NCAA championship title wasn't the only thing on his list. 

From a very young age, he had his sights set on reaching the PGA Tour. 

His dream came true on Thursday during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac. 

In an Instagram post last week, Ventura thanked the Tiger Woods Foundation for the opportunity and shared a photo from his childhood that has since circled all throughout golf social media: 

Although Ventura failed to make it to the weekend with rounds of 73 and 70, don't be surprised if you're seeing the young talent on future leaderboards sooner rather than later.