Quicken Loans National Top 10 Power Rankings

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Troy Merritt won the big prize last season. Who will take this year’s Quicken Loans National as it makes its return to Congressional?

With the U.S. Open in the rearview mirror, it’s time to move on to the PGA TOUR’s fifth and final special invitational event on the calendar: the Quicken Loans National. This year, the event will return to Congressional Country Club for the first time since 2014, so fans of the classic track should be excited to see it back in action.

Alas, the National isn’t what it used to be. Once among the more appealing stops on the PGA TOUR, the tournament has faced a number of setbacks throughout its run, especially this year. Its placement on the calendar – between the U.S. Open and Open Championship – was always a bit of a hard sell for the game’s elite players, but this year’s schedule crunch has made it a no-go for almost all of them. Case in point: Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will be the only representatives of the top 20 in the world in this week’s field.

The downturn of Tiger Woods’ career has also put a bit of a damper on the event. The National has always benefited the Tiger Woods Foundation, but the 14-time major champion has had a rough go of it lately, sinking all the way to No. 569 in the world while remaining sidelined due to injury. While he still has considerable influence in the sport, Woods’ tournament had to have been more alluring back when the man was at the top of his game.

Still, we should be in for a week of great golf on a venerable old course. Without further ado, let’s go ten deep. Here are the best bets for success at the Quicken Loans National.

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