BY JEFF SLADE
The 2015 Quicken Loans National is on the horizon, and although with a new date and venue, the field remains strong as ever.
The DC area's only PGA Tour event is moving this year to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, this after a deal with Congressional Country Club will now see the Tournament played at the Bethesda venue every other year through 2020.
This isn’t the first time the prestigious Gainesville, VA golf club has held a big-time event, as it hosted the Presidents Cup on four occasions from 1994-2005.
The course, set at over 7,400 yards to a Par 71, is set beautifully on Lake Manassas, and figures to give way to great shotmaking amid stunning grounds.
The Tournament also has altered its dates for 2015, as the normally June tournament is set to take place July 30-August 2.
Tournament host Tiger Woods highlights the field of 120, as the tournament formerly known as the AT&T National has benefited the Tiger Woods Foundation since its founding in 2007.
Tiger has had a rough start to 2015 by any standards, dropping to 258th in the world after a disastrous outing in the British Open. However, he still moves the needle like no other can, and he’ll assuredly look for a strong performance in his own event during a final tune-up before the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits August 13-16.
Among the other notables in field next week are defending champion Justin Rose and 2015 Players champion Ricky Fowler.
Fowler, a fan favorite, will look to build on his Players Championship victory with a strong performance at RTJ, as he also looks to fine-tune his game before Glory’s Last Shot in Wisconsin.
It’s a similar story for Rose, having been in solid form since finishing second at the Masters in April, including a win at the Zurich Classic and sixth place finish in The Open Championship at St. Andrews.
More players of interest in the formidable field include the ‘Big Easy’ Ernie Els, big hitting Gary Woodland, and 2013 winner Bill Haas.
If searching for a dark hoarse – look no further than Tony Finau, the 6’4 25 year-old bomber who strikes the ball as well as anyone, and coming off a strong performance in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
No matter who tops the leaderboard, look for many in the DMV to enjoy the week at RTJ with some promising weather, phenomenal scenery, and most of all great golf.