Tiger Woods game may no longer be the best in the golf world, but his name still is, and that is bringing some of the best players in the world to the D.C. area. The Quicken Loans National this year will be held for the first time at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, and at a media event Monday the tournament announced an impressive list of early commitments to play.
While Woods remains the most popular golfer in the world, big names like Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose have committed for his tournament in late July. Rose won the Tiger tournament last year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, and Fowler won the Players Championship earlier this season.
Both Rose and Fowler rank inside the Top 10 in the world, and Rose has a major championship on his resume with a U.S. Open win at Merion. Fowler had an amazing run at majors in 2014, though he was not able to win any of the big prizes.
As for Woods, he knows his play is not where it needs to be, and after a particularly poor weekend at The Memorial in Ohio, Tiger joked about his performance.
"It's about getting reps, and I got a lot of reps this weekend," Woods said.
As the field becomes set for the Quicken Loans National, Woods said players should expect a tough course that will present opportunities for low scores.
Other players that will play at RTJ include Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Chris Kirk and Gary Woodland. Expect many more names to come as the tournament draws closer and players schedules become clear.
One big name that played last summer at Congressional is Jordan Spieth, but it is unclear now if Spieth will return.