Quick Look at the 2018 Quicken Loans National
This week on the PGA Tour: the 2018 Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms in Potomac, Maryland.
Quicken Loans National History
The Quicken Loans National, formerly known as the AT&T National from 2007 to 2013, is an event on the PGA Tour in the Washington D.C. metro area. It is hosted by Tiger Woods and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The D.C. area hosted a regular tour event; the Kemper Open (1980 – 2006). It was played at Congressional Country Club from 1980 to 1986; in 1987 it moved to TPC at Avenel. The event was later renamed the Booz Allen Classic, it returned to Congressional in 2005. The Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, hosted the 2010 and 2011 events, due to Congressional being reconfigured for the 2011 U.S. Open. The tournament was played at Congressional again in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015 they played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.
On May 8, 2018, The Detroit News reported that the Detroit Golf Club will host the event in 2019.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms History
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms is a private golf club, located in Potomac, Maryland. After a major renovation, the clubhouse reopened in late 2008 while the course reopened in early 2009. The course was originally opened in 1986, during its early years the course was criticized for poor design. The course was plagued by years of flooding and drainage problems and issue with the grass. This lead to less than satisfactory event conditions. As a result, many top professionals stayed away, and the Kemper/Booz Allen tournament became unofficially relegated to “B” event status.
In 2007, a $32 million golf course and clubhouse renovation started in an effort to bring back a tournament to the Washington D.C. area. The controversial sixth hole was changed to a straight long par-four with the green now short and left of the creek. The par-3 ninth, a hole that Greg Norman once suggested be “blown up with dynamite” was redesigned with a new green up on a hill near the old practice green. The 10th and 11th holes were combined into the new 10th hole, par-five. In addition to the golf course, the project also included a new practice facility and short game area, and clubhouse renovations.
Then in 2015 the 7th and 16th greens were renovated in anticipation of the 2017 Quicken Loans National. Additionally, small improvements were made to a number of holes, including creating bent grass chipping and collection areas around the 3rd, 4th, and 18th greens, widening the 5th and 6th fairways and flattening the front portion of the 13th green to create additional hole locations.
Quicken Loans Viewers Guide
Pairings for Round 1, Thursday 6/28/2018.
- 7:32 a.m. David Hearn, Trey Mullinax, Martin Piller (Off #1)
- 8:08 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Billy Hurley III, Nick Watney (Off #10)
- 8:20 a.m. Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker, Stewart Cink (Off #10)
- 8:44 a.m. J.B. Holmes, Ollie Schniederjans, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Off #10)
- 12:44 p.m. Johnson Wagner, Ryan Palmer, Joaquin Niemann (Off #1)
- 12:56 p.m. Ted Potter, Jr., Aaron Baddeley, James Hahn (Off #1)
- 12:56 p.m. Jonas Blixt, Adam Hadwin, Cody Gribble (Off #10)
- 1:08 p.m. Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Chesson Hadley (Off #1)
- 1:20 p.m. Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Tiger Woods (Off #1)
Thursday – Golf Channel 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday – Golf Channel 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – Facebook Watch 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. – CBS 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – Facebook Watch 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. – CBS 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.