The 36-hole leaderboard for the 2015 Quicken Loans National (hosted by Tiger Woods) at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is in. Tiger Woods has surged into contention today with a 5-under 66. Here are my thoughts on the leader and some notable golfers near the top of the leaderboard:
Leader: Ryo Ishikawa (-11) – he has popped up on a few leaderboards here and there this season, but has never been able to even come close to closing out any tournament on Tour. His best finish in 2015 was a T8 at the PLAYERS, and his last three finishes have been T72, T23, T85. Not very good. Will he finally be able to pull out his first win on Tour? Time will tell.
Rickie Fowler (-10) – just shot 30 on the inward nine with 5 birdies. He’s shown that he can get really hot in tournaments. He’s been around a long time and has won a couple times (including the PLAYERS this year where he made a charge on the back nine in the final round in amazing fashion). He has two missed cuts in his last six starts, however, so he can be inconsistent.
Kevin Chappell (-10) – hasn’t made any noise as of late, but has been in contention with a chance to win in a couple of events over the years. An example would be the 2013 Barclays. where he went 7-over in his last 8 holes in the final round to finish T15. Has missed a slew of cuts this year, including last week at the Canadian Open, so I think his chances of winning this week are much slimmer than many other guys in the field.
David Lingmerth (-9) – has played some really good golf since the beginning of June this year: a win at the Memorial and a T6 at the Greenbrier. He’s also knownfor finishing runner-up to Woods at the 2013 PLAYERS Championship. He has experience being in contention, and he could very well be in the mix late Sunday.
Tiger Woods (-8) – let’s be honest: we had no idea which Tiger would show up this week. It could have gone either way — a missed cut or in contention. Now that he’s shown us it’s the latter, it will be very interesting to see if he can keep up with the pace on the weekend and stay relevant. Personally, I think this is the first tournament in a long time where Tiger will have a legitimate chance to take the trophy. Do I think he will maintain his solid play for the final two days and not fall apart? Probably. Tell us what you think in the comments.
Jimmy Walker (-8) – one of the most consistent players right now on the PGA Tour. He’s no. 3 in the FedExCup rankings and has won twice times this season (Sony Open and Valero Texas Open). He has also finished runner up several times, and he won three times on Tour last season. This would be his sixth Tour win if he can pull it off.
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