TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland
7,107 yards – Par 70 – Bentgrass Greens
Course Architects: Edmund Ault/Thomas Clark and Associates (1986); Redesign in 2009 with input from Davis Love III, Gil Hanse, Pete Dye, Fred Funk, and Tom Fazio
2017: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
2016: Congressional Country Club
2015: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club
2014: Congressional Country Club
2013: Congressional Country Club
2012: Congressional Country Club
2011: Aronimink Golf Club
2010: Aronimink Golf Club
2017: Kyle Stanley -7 over Charles Howell III in a playoff
2016: Billy Hurley III -17 over Vijay Singh -14
2015: Troy Merritt -18 over Rickie Fowler -15
2014: Justin Rose -4 over Shawn Stefani in a playoff
2013: Bill Haas -12 over Roberto Castro -9
2012: Tiger Woods -8 over Bo Van Pelt -6
2011: Nick Watney -13 over K.J. Choi -11
2010: Justin Rose -10 over Ryan Moore -9
2017: David Lingmerth -7
2016: Billy Hurley III -15
2015: Kevin Chappell, Troy Merritt -14
2014: Patrick Reed -6
2013: Bill Haas, Roberto Castro, James Driscoll, Andres Romero -7
2012: Brendon de Jonge -7
2011: Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler -9
2010: Justin Rose -10
2017: David Lingmerth -10
2016: Billy Hurley III, Jon Rahm -11
2015: Ryo Ishikawa -11
2014: Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed, Ricky Barnes, Oliver Goss -6
2013: Roberto Castro, Jordan Spieth -7
2012: Hunter Mahan -7
2011: K.J. Choi -7
2010: Justin Rose -7
Important Interview Quotes
Q. How many drivers thank you hit out here?
JOHNSON WAGNER: I probably laid up on four holes, so about 10 drivers. -2017
Q. How many drivers were you able to hit out there? It’s pretty tight.
RICKIE FOWLER: I don’t know off the top of my head. Let’s see, I think there’s two on the back, and five-ish, five or six. -2017
Q. Lessons today playing this course that will help you moving forward?
JOHNSON WAGNER: Stay out of the rough. The rough is gnarly. When you get in the rough, unless you have a wedge in your hand, you’re better off laying up in the fairway and trying to get up and down for par than you are doing something silly like trying to go for the green with a long iron because there’s just nothing good that can happen trying to hit a long iron out of this rough. -2017
Q. It’s only Thursday, but the golf course looks like it’s in Sunday condition. Would you agree with that?
MARC LEISHMAN: Yeah, it’s getting pretty baked, which is great. It feels a lot like Melbourne actually. You can hear that real, you know, the hard sound when the ball hits the green. You’ve got that purplish color, especially by the end of the day. It’s great, I’m enjoying it. -2017
Q. Some of your fellow players have said this course could host a U.S. Open, it’s that difficult. Did you find that going in today?
MARC LEISHMAN: Yes, I thought that yesterday when I played. The greens are firm, they’ve got that really good base on them. They can get them hard. I think if they just narrowed the fairways a bit and not thicken the rough up, just leave it grow for a week or two, you could definitely host a U.S. Open here and it would be a good one. It’s a really good golf course. If you play well, you can make birdies, but if you’re a little bit off, it’s really punishing. So it was nice today that my short game was there when I did miss a shot, got it up and down, gave myself a decent look at birdie, made the putts. So yeah, it was a fun day. -2017
Q. Rickie, you played Congressional last year. How would you compare this course?
RICKIE FOWLER: I mean, it’s kind of hard to compare the two being Congressional’s a lot more just drivers. Congressional’s not really tricked up at all, it’s basically just bombs away for the most part. Here I think there’s a lot of good variety on tees, hitting a few 2-irons off tees, 3-woods and drivers. The course is in perfect shape right now. I’m enjoying this week here. I’m looking forward to the next few days, getting a good one in tomorrow. But it is a bit different, it’s got a different look. Like I said, I like the variety here. -2017
Q. Some good vibes around this part of the United States in 2015. Different golf course over at Robert Trent Jones, but still got your first win over there?
TROY MERRITT: Yeah, it’s a special tournament for me. Obviously the victory here two years ago over at RTJ. I didn’t quite get it done at Congressional. This is a big ballpark. Guys have to play really solid. It doesn’t necessarily benefit the bombers or the short guy, it benefits the guy who hits it in play and can make a lot of pars. -2017
Quotes found at ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.
The TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm was the fifth Club designed in the TPC Network of golf courses around the country. Opened in May, 1986, the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is one of 19 private TPC venues in the United States and was the third stadium course to be constructed and the first to plant fairways in zoysia grass.
Every hole underwent a metamorphosis. From as little as moving tees forward on the third, to creating beautiful new par-threes at nine and 12, or eliminating the 10th and 11th holes and making a rugged par five in its place, it’s memorable.
Each hole and bunker were re-graded and re-positioned. Every tee box was changed to a square presentation, harking back to the old designs of the past.
The re-shaping of the bunkers, adding a Scottish feel, complete with fescue grasses, gave the course a look that’s wonderfully appealing.
–Golf with Phil Sokol
2009: Course was redesigned in 2009 by Steve Wenzloff and Jim Hardy with consultation from Pete Dye, Gil Hanse, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III, and Fred Funk. Greens were relaid with bentgrass and zoysia was added to the fairways.