Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Quicken Loans National – Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Club – Gainesville, Virginia –
The grounds at Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Club are buzzing – along with the world of golf – at the Quicken Loan National with Tiger Woods in the mix heading into the weekend.
Woods posted 5-under-66 Friday in round two and found himself in a logjam at T-5 and 8-under overall through 36 holes.
He is three back of overnight leader Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa – a 150-to-1 betting long shot to win this week according to www.skybet.com. Ishikawa plays in the final pairing Saturday alongside THE PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler at 1:50 p.m. local time.
Although Ishikawa hasn’t challenged to win on the PGA Tour in recent memory, others in the mix certainly have including Fowler, who won the European Tour’s Scottish Open in mid-July.
David Lingmerth is alone in fourth place at 9-under after a 65 Friday. He won the Memorial Tournament in June for his maiden PGA Tour title.
Kevin Chappell is also near the top.
He is T-2 with Fowler at 10-under and just a shot back of the lead. Chappell continues to trend toward victory but hasn’t broken through. He was a 66-1 pick heading into the tournament.
Along with Tiger at 8-under and T-5 includes Jason Bohn, Charles Howell III, Danny Lee (a winner at The Greenbrier Classic in early July) and Jimmy Walker, who has two victories in 2015.
Round one leader Retief Goosen is T-15 heading into Saturday after shooting 73 Friday, while defending champion at World No. 7 Justin Rose is T-19 at 5-under and six back.
Look for Ishikawa to perhaps show some nerves leading, but the focus will certainly be on Woods early on. Fowler, at 10-1 odds to start the week, is certainly the favorite to win at this point.
Other Golf news:
- Suzann Pettersen, 6th in the Rolex Rankings, continues to lead the RICOH Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry in Scotland early in round three action. Pettersen is 6-under overall at the moment and now co-leading with Teresa Lu and Jin Young Ko. Pettersen opened the week at 18-1 odds to win the title.
- The Olympic schedule for golf has been released for 2016. The competition takes place Aug 11-14 sandwiched in the middle of the last summer PGA Tour and European Tour schedules.
- Marc Warren, the No. 2 seed, advances on Day Three at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play. He is now in the quarterfinal matches taking place Saturday afternoon. The Semis and Finals are set for Sunday. Warren opened the week as a 20-1 betting selection. Rickie Ramsay and Chris Wood are both still in the competition and have 2015 victories on the European Tour.
- Tom Lehman (8-under) leads the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities after 18 holes. A pair of winners from 2015 are in the mix at T-5 including Bernhard Langer and Marco Dawson.