2015 Quicken Loans National: Preview: Leaderboard

Steven Bowditch Byron win

WITH the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship coming up in the next fortnight not many of the US PGA Tour’s elite will be gracing the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia this week.

However, the 2015 Quicken Loans National has still attracted a rather decent field that includes two-time champion Justin Rose and new world No.8 Rickie Fowler.

Also on hand will be event host Tiger Woods, who will have yet another opportunity to get his career back in gear.

Woods’ first trick will be to make the cut – not something people used to say about the 14 time major winner. In fact, Woods last played this course in 2005 when he was world No.1. This week if he doesn’t finish in the top 40 he could go into the year’s final major in a fortnight outside the top 300 in the Official World Golf Ranking and will be on the verge of missing the FedExCup Playoffs for a second straight year.

“I’m not really there in contention very often [recently] and so that part is frustrating,” Woods said this week ahead of the tournament. “But I know how close it feels and I know that I just need a couple shots here and there and it turns the tide. Every time I’ve had those opportunities I haven’t done it. … People don’t really realize how close it has been between a person who is winning and a person missing the cut. It’s not as big a gap as people might think.”

The Aussie contingent is led by Steve Bowditch and John Senden, both assured of spots in the upcoming playoffs (that’s right doesn’t time fly … there’s only two regular season events till the “end of year” playoffs.

Needing to get a wriggle on this week to have some chance of making the playoffs are Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Percy, and (particularly) Robert Allenby.

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Live coverage on Fox Sports beginning Friday 4.30am – 8.30am

2015 Quicken Loans National Leaderboard

2015 Quicken Loans National Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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