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PGA Tour Storylines for the Quicken Loans National

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJune 25, 2014

PGA Tour Storylines for the Quicken Loans National

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    Tiger Woods addresses the media at Congressional.
    Tiger Woods addresses the media at Congressional.Nick Wass/Associated Press

    This will be the first year for Quicken Loans as the title sponsor of this event. 

    It is held at historic Congressional Country Club just outside of Washington D.C. and is focused on recognizing the outstanding contributions of our men and women in the armed forces.

    Tiger Woods is the host this week and is making his return to competitive golf after recuperating from back surgery.

    The Tiger Woods Foundation is the main recipient of funds generated from the tournament and has received over $17 million since is inception in 2007.

    Here is a listing of the main storylines heading into the Quicken Loans National this week.

Tiger Woods Foundation Is the Main Charity of the Quicken Loans National

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    Tiger Woods announced the Tiger Woods Foundation would be the main charity of the tournament in 2007.
    Tiger Woods announced the Tiger Woods Foundation would be the main charity of the tournament in 2007.Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    Since the tournament's inception in 2007 as the AT&T National, the Tiger Woods Foundation has received over $17 million in funds.

    The Tiger Woods Foundation, in turn, supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center, which helps low-income children become better educated in science, technology, engineering and math.

    The three Tiger Woods Learning Centers in the D.C. area assist kids in making the connection between school and career while planning a road map to college.  

First Year for Quicken Loans as the Title Sponsor

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    Tiger Woods greets a Marine at the National.
    Tiger Woods greets a Marine at the National.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Quicken Loans will assume the title sponsorship this year and has made a huge commitment to the Tiger Woods Foundation and the community.

    Quicken Loans is the second-largest retail mortgage lender in the nation and appreciates the sacrifices made by our military personnel every day.

    They will provide free admittance to the tournament to over 30,000 armed service personnel throughout the week.

    With Quicken Loans as the title sponsor, all of the proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit the work of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Congressional Country Club Has a Distinguished History

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    Congressional Country Club has a rich history.
    Congressional Country Club has a rich history.USA TODAY Sports

    Congressional Country Club is steeped in history. Its founding members included William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, William G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.

    It has hosted three U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship and numerous other national championship events.

    Ken Venturi won the 1964 U.S. Open here in dramatic fashion, and Rory McIlroy blew away the field in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional to win by eight shots.

120 Players Are in the Field This Week at the Quicken Loans National

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    2010 National winner Justin Rose is in the field this week.
    2010 National winner Justin Rose is in the field this week.USA TODAY Sports

    The Quicken Loans National is an invitational tournament, and 120 players will vie for a piece of the $6.5 million purse.

    The featured pairings this week at Congressional are:

    • Jason Dufner—Bill Haas—K.J. Choi
    • Justin Rose—Keegan Bradley—Ernie Els
    • Jason Day—Tiger Woods—Jordan Spieth
    • Brendon Todd—Webb Simpson—Brandt Snedeker

Only 8 Tournaments Left Before FedEx Cup Playoffs

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    Henrik Stenson won the 2013 FedEx Cup.
    Henrik Stenson won the 2013 FedEx Cup.USA TODAY Sports

    This is the 34th tournament of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season. Only eight events remain to qualify for the season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs.

    Henrik Stenson won the $10 million bonus last season, and although he is ranked No. 2 in the world, he is No. 90 in the FedEx Cup race.

    Tiger Woods is currently at No. 209 in the FedEx Cup standings and will look to improve his status.

Ernie Els Skipped BMW International Title Defense to Play at Congressional

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    Ernie Els won the 2013 BMW International on the European Tour.
    Ernie Els won the 2013 BMW International on the European Tour.USA TODAY Sports

    Ernie Els won the 2013 BMW International on the European Tour, but has foregone his title defense in Germany this week to play in the Quicken Loans National.

    He has slipped to No. 56 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is No. 99 in the FedEx Cup points list.

    Els only has one top-10 finish this year on the PGA Tour. He lost the consolation match to Rickie Fowler at the WGC-Accenture Match Play to finish fourth.

    He is looking to improve his ranking for the FedEx Cup Playoffs that begin at The Barclays in late August.

Bill Haas Defends at the Quicken Loans National

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    Bill Haas received the 2013 National trophy from host Tiger Woods.
    Bill Haas received the 2013 National trophy from host Tiger Woods.Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

    Bill Haas is looking to revive some of the good vibes he had last year in winning the 2013 National.

    With only three top-10 finishes this season, he is not having one of his better years.

    Haas is normally a top-10 machine and cashes big checks every week on the PGA Tour.

    He does have 11 top-25 finishes in his 18 starts and is No. 36 in the FedEX Cup standings.

Tiger Woods Returns to Action at Quicken Loans National

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    Tiger Woods played a practice round at Congressional with swing coach Sean Foley.
    Tiger Woods played a practice round at Congressional with swing coach Sean Foley.USA TODAY Sports

    The biggest story this week is the return to competitive golf by Tiger Woods.

    He has been forced to miss 15 events in 2014 due to surgery to fix an ailing back on March 29.

    Woods missed the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Masters, The Players and the U.S. Open. He is trying to be ready for the big tournaments remaining this year.

    The Open Championship is just three weeks down the road. The WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championships remain to salvage Woods' year.

    Golf fans will be curious to gauge his health and the state of his game this week.

     

    Unless otherwise noted, all quotes and information were obtained firsthand or from official materials provided by the USGA, the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour or the PGA of America.

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