The TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is a fill-in course for the Wells Fargo this season as Quail Hollow gets ready to host the President’s Cup this fall. The last time this course hosted a TOUR event (Quicken Loans) was in the 2018 season with Francesco Molinari claiming the championship. Since then, the course has undergone a few adjustments and is now a much longer and tougher track with deeper rough.
Who should win? – Rory McIlroy 9/1
Rory is the defending champion but he won last year on a different course. However, he, like Jon Rahm last week is easily the class of the field and the overwhelming favourite. He is coming off that incredible final round at the Masters which culminated in a runner-up finish.
Who could win?– Keegan Bradley 35/1, Matthew Fitzpatrick 20/1, Corey Conners 20/1, Cameron Young 40/1, Matt Kuchar 45/1
If Rory were to falter this week, there are a number of “B-listers” who could make this their first TOUR victory or their first in a while. Bradley hasn’t won in quite a spell but he has been playing some of his best golf lately. He has three top-8s in his last five tournaments and has the type of game to do well on this course. Fitzpatrick is still looking for his first win on U.S. soil. He doesn’t get a lot of ink but he is one of those very consistent players who seems to always be a place or two outside of the first page of most leaderboards. Aside from Rory, this is a weak field event and it could be his week. Conners is actually the second betting favourite this week. His ball-striking is probably top-ten in the world at the moment but he has been unable to really nail a finish. His second career win has to come sooner or later. Watch out for the long-hitting rookie, Cameron Young. He did miss the cut at both the Masters and the Players, but he has had a number of top finishes including at T3 at the Heritage. Finally, there’s Matt (please don’t chant Koooochh..) Kuchar. One of the most consistent players over the past ten years, he recently emerged from one of his longest rough patches. His last three starts have been T16, T2, and T3. He’s not long off the tee so that might put stress on his second shots but he is currently ranked #1 in scrambling on the TOUR.
Who will win? – Rory McIlroy
The last time I had Rory pegged as “should and will” – he did. But if I was a betting man – I would put a few bucks on one or two of the players in the “could” category.
*odds courtesy of bet365.com