Rickie Fowler is the 7/1 favourite to win this week's Quicken Loans National as he attempts to bounce back from a disappointing end to his bid for a first major title in the US Open.

Fowler started the final round at Erin Hills two shots off the lead, but struggled to a closing 72 which left him six shots behind compatriot Brooks Koepka in a tie for fifth.

And although that was his first top-five finish in a major since finishing in the top five in all four in 2014, it came on the back of a closing 76 in the Masters in April after starting the final round just one behind eventual winner Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.

Fowler is an ambassador for the tournament sponsor and is playing in the event for the sixth time in the last seven years, but will have to come to terms with a new venue.


TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time since former Open champion Ben Curtis shot 20 under par to win the now-defunct Booz Allen Classic in 2006.

“I just want to make sure the game continues to stay consistent,” Fowler said during a practice round. “I want to keep it trending in the right direction, unlike last year.

“This golf course has a good look to it. It's a ball-striker's course. So I just want to keep the game simple and keep going forward.”

Fellow American Bill Hurley is 125/1 to defend the title he won at Congressional Country Club, where he carded a closing 69 to win by three shots from Vijay Singh for his first PGA Tour victory.

Fowler is one of only three players in the world’s top 25 playing in this week’s PGA Tour event, with Justin Thomas (10/1) and Patrick Reed (14/1) also in action.

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