This week marks the 33rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to the nation's capital for the Quicken Loans National. A field of 120 players will tee it up this week at Congressional Country Club, site of the U.S. Open just three years ago.
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Bill Haas returns to defend the title he won here a year ago by three shots over Roberto Castro. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Washington, D.C.:
1. Jason Day: He didn't exactly contend at the U.S. Open, but the Aussie still left Pinehurst with a T-4 finish, then tied for 18th at Travelers with his score improving each day. Now he returns to Congressional, where he was a runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open and where he tied for eighth in this event in 2012.
2. Justin Rose: The Englishman put up an admirable defense of his U.S. Open title, tying for 12th at Pinehurst. While his win in this event came at Aronimink in 2010, he did tie for 16th in his last start at Congressional in this event (2009). Outside of a missed cut at Memorial, Rose has been inside the top 15 in his five other most recent starts, dating back to the Masters.
3. Keegan Bradley: Bradley tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, his best finish in a major since the 2012 PGA, then followed that with a solid T-31 showing at Travelers. Bradley's lone start in this event resulted in a missed cut in 2011, but he's a far different player now, with top-25 finishes in half of his 18 starts this season. Ranks 10th in birdie average and 13th in total driving.
4. Brandt Snedeker: The putter is starting to heat up, and the results have begun to follow for Snedeker. After his T-9 finish at Pinehurst, Sneds tied for 11th at Travelers to post his best back-to-back results of the season. He tied for eighth last year at Congressional.
5. Jordan Spieth: Spieth contended well into the weekend last year before finishing sixth, and his stellar 2013-14 campaign continues. His tie for 17th at the U.S. Open was his third straight top-20 result, and his eighth in 10 starts dating back to March. Spieth is among the Tour leaders in both scrambling (eighth) and scoring average (ninth).
6. Hunter Mahan: While he missed the cut here last year, Mahan's record in this event at Congressional has been otherwise excellent, with a runner-up in 2009 highlighting a stretch of four top-15 finishes from 2007-2012. Mahan has missed each of his last two cuts, but he ranks 10th on Tour in total driving and should contend this weekend.
7. Brendon Todd: Gained significant attention by playing in the final pairing Saturday at Pinehurst en route to a T-17 finish, but that was his fourth straight top-20 result, a streak that was sparked by his breakthrough win in Dallas. Todd is now fifth on Tour in scrambling and seventh in strokes gained putting, and he tied for 13th at Congressional last year.
8. Tiger Woods: The host is back in action, but the state of his game remains largely unknown. When Tiger is playing well, he can tame Congressional - see wins in 2009 and 2012 - but even he has admitted that this week's event is largely a tune-up for the Open Championship as he returns to competitive golf for the first time since March.
9. K.J. Choi: Choi's game perhaps received a bump when he was named an assistant captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup a few weeks ago. The winner of the inaugural event back in 2007, Choi was a runner-up last week in Connecticut and now has five top-35 finishes in his last six starts going back to the Masters.
10. Billy Horschel: He rebounded from an opening 75 to finish T-23 at the U.S. Open, his fourth straight result of T-26 or better overall. Horschel has been one of the better ball-strikers all season long - he ranks sixth in GIR percentage and 14th in driving accuracy - but the putts are finally starting to fall.