The PGA Tour this week takes place in Bethesda, Maryland for the Quicken Loans National held at the Congressional Country Club. This is one of the longest courses on Tour. In fact, it’s the second longest course next to Torrey Pines.
Also, this week, there’s a bit of a buzz because one specific golfer is coming back, but I can’t quite think of his name right off the top of my head; maybe it’ll come to me, but anyway, there are a lot of value picks this week. I’m looking at a number of golfers, but I’ll just mention a handful of them and keep it short and sweet.
Without further ado, let’s get to the list…oh, that’s right…Tiger Woods is back. That’s who I was trying to think of. Now, that we got that out of the way here are 5 sleeper picks for the 2014 Quicken Loans National.
Stewart Cink: Stewart Cink is a very solid pick. Cink has had a very solid season and has made the cut in nine straight tournaments. Also, Cink has had some nice success here at Congressional. Last year, Cink finished at a solo 5th place finish, and in 2012 he finished T-22.
Cink’s a nice cheap pick up and I think a solid golfer to round out your team with. I’ll say that he’s probably the safest pick on this list. You pretty much know what you’re getting with Cink. Cink probably won’t win it, but he’ll make the cut and maybe finish in the top 30 or so. More than likely, of course. You just never know…especially with how this year has gone.
John Huh: Somewhat surprisingly, John Huh has been very successful here at Congressional. I say somewhat because as we mentioned on top, Congressional is one of the longest courses on Tour. Huh isn’t one of the longer hitters on Tour, but in two seasons here at Congressional Huh has finished T-28 (last year) and T-17 two years ago.
Also, Huh is a really cheap pick up, so he has a lot of value and he has the past results. Again, a red flag is his lack of length, but in two years that hasn’t effected him from making the cut and finishing in the top 30.
Brian Davis: For readers of this article, you’ll notice that Davis’ name pops up pretty frequently. Well, that’s because it seems as though he’s always a good value pick and this week is no different. Although, there is a red flag.
While Davis is a good value pick, his game on paper looks as though it doesn’t fit here at Congressional because Davis is a really short hitter – shorter than Huh. But, Davis has played here well the past two years. Last year, Davis finished T-8 and in 2012 he finished T-49.
Again, like Huh, Davis looks like a good value pick, but beware of his lack of length off the tee.
J.B. Holmes: I just have a hunch with Holmes. He hasn’t competed here in Congressional recently, but his game fits here at Congressional. Holmes hits it well over 300 yards off the tee and Holmes has had a great year so far. Holmes is just a little bit below the average in terms of fantasy money, so not a real sleeper pick, but still a great value pick. I’d keep an eye on Holmes.
Robert Garrigus: Like J.B. Holmes, Garrigus can bomb it a long way. The only difference is that he has a track record here at Congressional. And a good one at that. Last year, Garrigus finished T-64, in 2012 Garrigus finished T-4, and in 2011 the U.S. Open was held at Congressional and he finished T-3.
Two other notables: I said I’ll keep it short and sweet with my five sleeper picks, but here are two more value picks to consider. Angel Cabrera and Jhonattan Vegas. Cabrera and Vegas can both bomb it a long way. They are very, very cheap pick ups, and Cabrera I can understand. Cabrera is hit or miss, but Vegas has quietly had a very solid season. In 16 events, Vegas has made the cut in 13 of those tournaments and Vegas has finished T-32 and T-31 in his last two starts. Vegas may keep that going at a long course like this.