The final invitational for the PGA Tour comes this weekend at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the 2018 Quicken Loans National. This is the second straight year for this event at TPC Potomac, but it looks like it will be moving to the Detroit Golf Club next year, which has to be an exciting time for Quicken, which is based in the Motor City. In any event, this is supposed to be more of a select tournament with invitational status, but there are a lot of top players that opt to sit this one out to get ready for The Open Championship at Carnoustie in three weeks. Only four of the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking are on hand. Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, and Marc Leishman are the biggest names in a field lacking Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, and more. There will always be intrigue when Tiger is on the prowl and Big Cat is the second favorite behind Fowler with the watered-down field. We don’t really have a whole lot of course form data, as TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which used to host the Kemper Open, is in use for just the second year. Kyle Stanley won last year at 7-under, which is the second-lowest winning score in this event, which has been held at Congressional seven times, Aronimink twice, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club once. It is a par 70 coming in just over 7,100 yards. Only three of the 12 par 4s played to an average below par last season and the par 4 11th actually played to an average score of 4.521, so this will be a real challenge for the players that are taking a stab. Accuracy off of the tee will be a big deal this week with narrow fairways and players will have to be set up for a good second shot into some sharply-graded greens. This is the lighter part of the schedule, with next week’s Greenbrier Classic and the John Deere Classic the following week, so this will likely be the last tune-up for the players at the top of the odds board for this one before The Open Championship on July 19. As mentioned above, this week’s favorite at 5Dimes Sportsbook is Rickie Fowler at +660. Fowler tied for third here last year, two shots off the pace that got Kyle Stanley and Charles Howell III into a playoff. Fowler opened 70-72, but with the tough scoring conditions, he made the cut comfortably. A 68-65 weekend was a strong finish, but the players were scoring really well by Sunday, so he couldn’t make up much ground on the leaders. Fowler skipped last week’s Travelers Championship after finishing 20th at the US Open. Fowler’s third-round 84 really stood out, as he shot 73-69 to open and 65 on Sunday. Fowler had to scramble a lot last year, as he only hit the fairway 53.6 percent of the time, but had one of his best events with the putter. There isn’t a ton of value on his outright price, but he could have some value in matchups. Tiger Woods, who won this event in 2009 and 2012 at Congressional, is +1300 to erase the bad memory of Shinnecock Hills. Tiger’s return was celebrated in golf circles and he gave everybody a thrill finishing second at the Valspar and fifth at the Arnold Palmer, but he hasn’t cracked the top-10 in his last five events. He’s made four cuts, but hasn’t really threatened the leaders. Tiger is fifth in strokes gained tee to green even though he is 184th in driving accuracy, so he has made the most of his scrambling ability. He may have to rely on that a lot this week. It’s hard to take him at this price, even though this field is easier than most of the other ones he has played. Marc Leishman is +1800 this week. Leishman tied for fifth last year with several other players at 4-under. He had a palindromic weekend, with a 66-72-72-66 across his 72 holes. Leishman missed the cut last week at the Travelers and has had some ugly finishes of late. He was second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but 45th at Shinnecock, 62nd at Muirfield Village, and 63rd at THE PLAYERS. It feels like a while ago that Leishman bagged back-to-back top-10s at the Masters and the Arnold Palmer. Leishman’s profile doesn’t really stand out in any way, so taking him at this lower price point seems unnecessary. Kyle Stanley fits this course well because he hits a lot of fairways, which is what helped him to the win last year. Stanley only had seven bogies and hit over 70 percent of fairways. On a course where 7-under can win, par golf is mostly winning golf and that was the recipe for Stanley. He’s third in driving accuracy this season and it feels like we’re seeing more repeat winners at courses and events this year. He was 15th last week at the Travelers with four rounds under 60 and lost in the playoff at the Memorial. He’s a solid bet at +2200, even with the depressed value because of last year’s win. Francesco Molinari is also +2200. He sat this event out last year. Runner-up Charles Howell III is +2800, along with JB Holmes. Jimmy Walker and Beau Hossler are both +3000. For this week’s event, we’ll focus on players that are playing their second shots from the short grass and those that are playing well on par 4s. Unfortunately one of the best at both, Chez Reavie, isn’t in the field this week. One guy that is in the field Kevin Streelman at +4500. Streelman was 17th last year at 2-under. Streelman is tied for ninth in par 4 scoring and top 25 in driving accuracy. Streelman hasn’t played overly well of late with no top-30 finishes and two missed cuts, but this looks like a strong course for him. Chesson Hadley didn’t work out for us last week in our DFS piece, but the 30-year-old also rates very well in scoring on par 4s and in accuracy off the tee. He was 11th at THE PLAYERS and 20th the following week in another Invitational at Fort Worth, but he’s missed his last two cuts. Hadley is T-23rd in par 4 scoring and 30th in driving accuracy, so he’s a solid look at +5000. Johnson Wagner at +11000 could give you a lot of mileage this week for a small investment. Wagner is T-50th in par 4 scoring because he’s been such an exceptional putter this season. Wagner is fifth in strokes gained putting. The problem for him is that he hasn’t kept it in the fairway off the tee, but it really isn’t a big surprise that he finished fifth here last year. At this price point, he’s easily worth a Beer Money During Happy Hour investment. Coverage of the 2018 Quicken Loans National will be on Golf Channel and CBS throughout the week. Odds as of June 25, 2 p.m. ET: Rickie Fowler +660 Tiger Woods +1300 Marc Leishman +1800 Kyle Stanley +2200 Francesco Molinari +2200 Charles Howell III +2800 J.B. Holmes +2800 Jimmy Walker +3000 Beau Hossler +3000 Kiradech Aphibarnrat +3500 Kevin Na +3500 Joaquin Niemann +4000 Patrick Rodgers +4000 Byeong Hun An +4000 Billy Horschel +4500 Stewart Cink +4500 Jamie Lovemark +4500 Kevin Streelman +4500 Si Woo Kim +5000 Chesson Hadley +5000 Gary Woodland +5000 Danny Lee +5000 David Lingmerth +5000 Andrew Putnam +5500 Kevin Tway +6000 Brian Gay +6600 Bill Haas +7000 Anirban Lahiri +7000 Adam Hadwin +7000 C.T. Pan +7500 Martin Laird +7500 Nick Watney +8000 Keith Mitchell +9000 Matt Jones +10000 J.T. Poston +10000 James Hahn +10000 Rory Sabbatini +10000 Ryan Blaum +10000 Ollie Schniederjans +11000 Richy Werenski +11000 Trey Mullinax +11000 Harris English +11000 Johnson Wagner +11000 Jason Kokrak +12500 Troy Merritt +12500 Tyler Duncan +12500 Seamus Power +12500 Ryan Palmer +12500 Ryan Armour +12500 Andrew Landry +12500 Ben Crane +12500 Ben Martin +12500 Denny McCarthy +12500 Peter Malnati +14000 Scott Stallings +14000 Tom Hoge +14000 J.J. Spaun +14000 Joel Dahmen +15000 John Huh +15000 Vaughn Taylor +15000 Sung Kang +15000 Sam Ryder +15000 Sam Saunders +15000 Zac Blair +15000 Cody Gribble +15000 Corey Conners +15000 Fabian Gomez +15000 Aaron Baddeley +15000 Alex Cejka +16000 Michael Kim +16000 Nate Lashley +16000 Nicholas Lindheim +17500 Ted Potter, Jr. +17500 Whee Kim +17500 Abraham Ancer +17500 Chad Campbell +17500 Brandon Harkins +17500 Blayne Barber +20000 Ben Silverman +20000 Harold Varner III +20000 Doug Ghim +20000 Tom Lovelady +20000 Stephan Jaeger +20000 Scott Brown +20000 Robert Garrigus +20000 Nick Taylor +20000 Michael Thompson +20000 Kelly Kraft +20000 Mackenzie Hughes +20000 Hunter Mahan +20000 Jonas Blixt +22500 Shawn Stefani +22500 Tyrone Van Aswegen +22500 Bronson Burgoon +22500 Chris Stroud +22500 Dylan Meyer +25000 David Hearn +25000 Derek Fathauer +25000 Talor Gooch +25000 Robert Streb +25000 Matt Every +25000 Ethan Tracy +27500 Dominic Bozzelli +27500 Geoff Ogilvy +27500 Doc Redman +30000 Brian Stuard +30000 Billy Hurley III +30000 Rob Oppenheim +30000 Jason Gore +30000 Martin Piller +30000 Martin Flores +30000 Jonathan Randolph +32500 J.J. Henry +40000 Kristoffer Ventura +40000 Adam Schenk +40000 D.A. Points +50000 Rod Pampling +50000 Xinjun Zhang +50000   -END OF 2018 PREVIEW-   With just a couple of weeks left until The Open Championship, some of golf’s best will be on hand at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the 2017 Quicken Loans National. This will be the first time since 2006 that a PGA Tour event returns to this course. More recent versions of the Quicken Loans National have been played at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania, Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. That means that this will be a challenging handicap because we don’t have very much course data to go on for the present-day players. This is a premier event due to its invitational nature. It is one of five tournaments given invitational status, with the others being the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, and the Memorial Tournament. That means a smaller field, as only recent champions, champions of other big events, and the top players in the FedEx Cup points list and the Official World Golf Ranking are able to qualify. This particular event started back in 2007. In 2006, the Kemper Open/Booz Allen Classic was played for the final time at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and that’s the last time that this course has been used. As far as active players go, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Rory Sabbatini are the only winners to tee it up here in the past. None of those three will be in the field this week and this event has also lost some of its luster by going up against the Open de France on the European Tour, where Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters, and some other big names will be playing instead. Overall, this is a pretty weak field for an invitational event. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Rahm are just some of the players that will not be on hand. This course was dropped from the tour calendar after players voiced their concerns about the poor state of the course and its bad drainage. TPC Potomac hosted the 2010 Senior PLAYERS Championship, but hasn’t held a big event since. We’ll have to see how players take to this par 70 that measures over 7,100 yards. Massive re-designs have combined holes and created new ones, so a lot of money has been spent at this course. We’ll be flying blind into this tournament without much in the form of course data and past results from the Quicken Loans National won’t do us a whole lot of good. Hopefully we’ll get a competitive event. The last two years, the event has been won by three strokes. Only once has this tournament required more than 72 holes and only two other times has it been decided by just one stroke. This week’s favorite at 5Dimes Sportsbook is Rickie Fowler at +750. You can tell the strength of this field by the fact that Fowler has such a small price. That’s not a knock on him, but Fowler is generally in the 20/1 range in a full-strength field, but stands as a clear favorite here. Fowler did not play last week’s Travelers Championship, so his most recent finish was fifth at the US Open. He missed the cut at the St. Jude, but finished second at the Memorial. Fowler has six top-10 finishes out of his 10 made cuts this season. Fowler certainly stands out as the biggest name this week and he’s priced like it. Justin Thomas is listed at +1200 this week. Thomas did not play well last week at the Travelers and cited some fatigue as the problem. When called out by some anonymous loser on Twitter, JT won the weekend anyway. Thomas shot 73-72 last week and was excited about the prospect of getting some rest prior to the Quicken Loans National. He was ninth at the US Open and fourth at the Memorial, so he has had some strong rounds of late. Thomas has seven top-10 finishes and three wins this season across his 12 made cuts. With a course that has a couple of long par 5s and some par 4s that require distance off the tee, his skill set should play well here. If Thomas can finish first or second, he would become the new FedEx Cup points list leader. Patrick Reed is next in line at +1400 this week. Reed hasn’t been able to springboard from his Ryder Cup success, as he looks for his first win of 2017. Reed may be rounding into form a bit. He picked up his second top-10 of the season last week at TPC River Highlands by finishing fifth. He was 13th at the US Open. His stock does seem to be rising, especially with a weaker field like this one. Kevin Chappell, Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, and Brendan Steele are between +2200 and +3000. There are a few guys to look at in the next group of prices. David Lingmerth is the only player in this field with a win at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Lingmerth won the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Championship on the Web.com Tour at this course. That is definitely driving his +3000 price tag this week, especially since the Swede doesn’t have a top-10 finish this season. He has finished in the top 26 in each of his last four events, though. We’ll have to see how players perform in their practice rounds this week, but, for now, Lingmerth should have an edge over the field. Sixteen different event winners are on hand, so even though the biggest names in golf won’t be playing, some 2016-17 champs will be here. Si Woo Kim is +4500 after his win at the PLAYERS Championship. Billy Horschel is +5000 with a win at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Chappell is +2200 with a win at the Valero Texas Open. Steele is +2500 with a win way back in the Safeway Open, the first event of the year. Mackenzie Hughes is +14000 with his win at the RSM Classic. Jimmy Walker was 18th at the Masters and 13th at the Valero Texas Open before finishing 56th at the PLAYERS. He missed the cut at the US Open. He’s on hand and is priced at +6000, so maybe he can find his past form and make his way up the leaderboard. With a new course and a watered-down field, just look to throw some scratch on some longer shots and maybe a favorite and see what happens. Coverage of the Quicken Loans National will be on Golf Channel and CBS. Odds as of June 26: Rickie Fowler +750 Justin Thomas +1200 Patrick Reed +1400 Kevin Chappell +2200 Marc Leishman +2200 Tony Finau +2500 Brendan Steele +2500 Bill Haas +3000 David Lingmerth +3000 Russell Henley +3300 J.B. Holmes     +3500 Danny Lee      +4000 Bud Cauley +4000 Graham DeLaet +4500 Kyle Stanley +4500 Si Woo Kim +4500 Xander Schauffele +5000 Kevin Streelman +5000 Billy Horschel +5000 Gary Woodland +5500 Byeong Hun An +6000 Ollie Schniederjans +6000 James Hahn +6000 Jimmy Walker +6000 Keegan Bradley +6000 Kevin Tway +7000 Charles Howell III +7000 Adam Hadwin +7000 Harris English +8000 Kevin Na +8000 Morgan Hoffmann +9000 Sung Kang +9000 Smylie Kaufman +9000 Daniel Summerhays +9000 Jason Kokrak +9000 Matt Jones +10000 Chris Kirk +10000 David Hearn +10000 Grayson Murray +10000 Seung-Yul Noh +10000 Wesley Bryan +10000 Luke List +10000 Cameron Tringale +11000 Martin Laird +11000 Lucas Glover +11000 Nick Watney +12500 Patrick Rodgers +12500 Trey Mullinax +12500 Harold Varner III +12500 Hudson Swafford +12500 Billy Hurley III +12500 C.T. Pan +12500 Boo Weekley +12500 Aaron Baddeley +12500 Ben Martin +14000 Whee Kim +14000 Nick Taylor +14000 Mackenzie Hughes +14000 Jonas Blixt +15000 Brandon Hagy +15000 Bryson DeChambeau +15000 Camilo Villegas +16000 Dominic Bozzelli +16000 Jhonattan Vegas +16000 Jim Herman +16000 Jason Gore +16000 Vaughn Taylor +16000 Gavin Kyle Green +17500 Seamus Power +17500 Robert Streb +17500 Kyle Reifers +17500 Kelly Kraft +17500 John Huh +17500 J.J. Spaun +17500 Brian Gay +17500 Ben Crane +17500 Ryan Ruffels +20000 Shawn Stefani +20000 J.T. Poston +20000 Jonathan Randolph +20000 Fabian Gomez +20000 Curtis Luck +20000 Michael Kim +20000 Ryan Brehm +20000 Ricky Barnes +20000 Patton Kizzire +20000 Spencer Levin +20000 Troy Merritt +20000 Tyrone Van Aswegen +20000 Scott Stallings +22500 Bryce Molder +22500 Sam Saunders +22500 Roberto Castro +22500 Geoff Ogilvy +22500 Julian Etulain +22500 J.J. Henry +22500 Cameron Percy +22500 Greg Owen +25000 Blayne Barber +25000 K.J. Choi +25000 Derek Fathauer +25000 D.A. Points +25000 Michael Thompson +25000 Matt Every +25000 Zac Blair +25000 Alex Cejka +27500 Rod Pampling +27500 Robert Garrigus +27500 Ryan Blaum +30000 Sam Horsfield +30000 Cody Gribble +30000 Johnson Wagner +30000 Brett Stegmaier +30000 Greg Chalmers +40000 Peter Malnati +40000 Wyndham Clark +50000 Andrew Loupe +50000 Martin Flores +60000 Arjun Atwal +75000 Jason Bohn +75000