Guide to Quicken Loans National

Rickie Fowler was in contention for his first major championship heading into the final round of the U.S. Open last weekend. The ninth-ranked player in the world instead was unable to make up a two-shot deficit after 54 holes and finished in a three-way tie for fifth.

Making his first start since then, Fowler headlines the field at next week’s Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Fowler was among 120 players to commit to the field that was announced early Friday night.

Also participating are Justin Thomas, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season who was tied for ninth at the U.S. Open, and Patrick Reed, who played a significant role in helping the United States win the Ryder Cap last year at Hazeltine.

Thomas is ranked 12th in the world, and Reed is 17th. Other notable players at the PGA Tour’s annual stop in the Washington area include reigning Quicken Loans National champion Billy Hurley III; 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas, who also tied for fifth at the U.S. Open; and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, another member of the most recent U.S. Ryder Cup team.

during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.

Hurley won his first PGA Tour event at last year’s Quicken event, contested at Congressional Country Club, finishing three shots in front of runner-up Vijay Singh. The win came 10 years after Hurley turned professional and earned him exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2018. He also secured a spot in the Masters this past April as well as last year’s British Open and PGA Championship.

Hurley failed to earn a spot at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills during sectional qualifying in early June at Woodmont Country Club and since has missed the cut at this week’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Next week’s installment of the Quicken Loans National marks the third course in as many years for the tournament that began in 2007. Robert Trent Jones in Gainesville hosted the event in 2015, and next year it moves back to Congressional, the preferred site for tournament organizers. Congressional membership, however, has balked at holding it there annually.

POTOMAC, MD – JUNE 29: during a PGA TOUR Policy Board golf outing at TPC Potomac on June 29, 2009 in Potomac, Maryland. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption ***

TPC Potomac is set to host its first PGA Tour tournament since 2006, the final year of the Booz Allen Classic at the course then called TPC Avenel. The tournament had been known as the Kemper Open from 1987 through ’99 before changing names three times.

Tiger Woods has been the host of the Quicken Loans National since its inception but is not in next week’s field. It’s unclear if the 14-time major champion will be on-site to present the winner’s trophy after Sunday’s final round as he has done at previous tournaments.

A two-time winner of the Quicken Loans National, Woods recently announced he would be seeking professional help to manage his medications following a DUI arrest in Jupiter, Fla., where police found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.