After the hype of the British Open has slowly fallen to a rather abrupt stop and with the Canadian Open and European Masters being swept under the carpet last week, we now look on to the Quicken Loans National Open in Virginia.
Former World Number 1 Tiger Woods takes to the stage this week after his miserable performance at St Andrews two weeks ago. Although we may think his golf is in a state of disarray, the 14 time major winner is confident he is just a few shots away from playing himself into contention.
“It’s frustrating not being able to win golf tournaments, not really being there in contention very often, but I know how close it feels and I know I just need a couple of shots here and there and it turns the tide.”
After undergoing back surgery earlier this year and a dramatic swing change, Woods has fallen from World Number 1 to 266th in the world rankings and has produced some of the worst rounds of his Professional career. But with all the odds stacked against him and critics and fans putting very little faith in his ability, Woods is confident there is more to come and believes he can still gain some ground on Jack Nicklaus’ major record.
Justin Thomas who was part of the Class of 2011 that included none other than Jordan Spieth, is at a rather inviting 25/1 for the outright lead. Thomas has had a mixed season so far with six top ten finishes and eleven top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour but has also racked up a total of seven missed cuts since the start of the 2015 season. Although he is yet to gain a win on the PGA Tour, he definitely has the quality to take on the best this week.