5 Surprises from Round 1 of the Quicken Loans National

Ernie Els was one of the surprises during Round One of the 2016 Quicken Loans National. Credit: US Golf

1. Jon Rahm (-7/1)
That was some pro debut for the former World No. 1 Amateur. To go bogey free, 7-under, is quite unheard of. His debut actually resonates with that of Bryson DeChambeau’s. Earlier this year, DeChambeau earned the low amateur honors at the Masters, turned pro the following week and finished T-4 at the RBC Heritage.
Key Stats for Round 1
Strokes Gained: Putting – 3.127 | Rank: 5
Driving Accuracy – 11/14 | Rank: T8
Driving Distance – 306.6 | Rank: 18

2. Johnattan Vegas (-6/2)
The 31 year from Venezuela has had a whirlwind season and ranks 87th in the FedEx Cup standings. Being the 229th ranked golfer in the world, the highest Venezuelan in the rankings, pretty much guarantees his spot at the Olympics. Coming off MC’s at the Memorial and Dean & Deluca, he’s hoping to gain some form and momentum.
Key Stats from Round 1
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green – 5.283 | Rank: 1
Driving Accuracy – 12/14 | Rank: T3
Driving Distance – 308.1 | Rank: 13

3. Camillo Villegas (-5/T3)
The four time winner on tour has been struggling the past couple of years. During this time, he’s only had exactly zero Top-10 finishes in his last 47 events. Ranked 140th in the FedEx Cup Standings, he’ll need a couple of solid finishes to make the Playoffs. Ranked 51st in the Olympic Rankings at the moment, his spot for Rio is pretty much guaranteed.
Key Stats from Round 1
Stroke Gained: Putting – 5.262 | Rank: 1
Putts per GIR – 1.500 | Rank: T5
Driving Distance – 300.3 | Rank: 33

4. Ernie Els (-5/T3)
It’s a little difficult to digest that the World Golf Hall of Famer has only one Top-25 finish this season, a T-14th place at the RBC Heritage. Searching for his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Open Championship, Ernie has had quite a volatile last couple of seasons and has had no Top-10’s during this span. Coming of four straight Missed Cuts, the South African will be looking to improve on his FedEx Cup Ranking where he stands 177th at the moment.
Key Stats from Round 1
Strokes Gained: Around the Green – 1.778 | Rank: 3
Strokes Gained: Putting – 2.328 | Rank: 12
Putts per GIR – 1.538 | Rank: T10

5. Jim Furyk (+2/T101)
Coming of a T-2 finish at the US Open, Furyk was one of the heavy favorites this week. He now has a tough task ahead of him to survive the cut after shooting a 2-over, 73. He was out of action for much of the season due to a wrist surgery earlier this year, and has played only 5 events this season. The 2003 US Open Champion is one of Davis Love III’s vice-captains at this year’s edition of the Ryder Cup.
Key Stats from Round 1
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green – -2.363 | Rank: 108
Driving Accuracy: 1-/14 | Rank: T13
Driving Distance: 280.4 | Rank: 104



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