The Open recap: Rory McIlroy gave it a good run down the stretch but that Jordan Spieth guy, he's pretty good.
What: RBC Canadian Open
When: July 27th - 30th
Where: Glen Abbey Golf Club
2016 Winner: Jhonattan Vegas (-12)
Purse: $6MM (Winner - $1.1MM)
Course: Glen Abbey. Glen Abbey has hosted the most Canadian Opens but this might be it's last as there is talk about demolishing it for a housing development. Created in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey requires golfers to follow the maze set forth. If they cheat and try to beat it, they can be punished. Accuracy is key. The best part are the "Valley Holes" (11 through 15) all of which play into a deep valley. The elevation changes can wreak some havoc.
Dustin Johnson. Somehow I have 9 starts left with DJ, I have been saving him up too much. How about using him at RBC Candien Open where he was 2nd last year. This season - 1st in stokes gained off the tee, 10th in strokes gained approaching the green, 1st in strokes gained tee to green and 1st in Strokes Gained total. Dustin has a good track record with Jack courses.
Matt Kuchar. This is a must pick. Kuch comes off a very well earned 2nd place finish at the Open and goes into RBC Canadien Open where he was 9th last year, 7th in 2015, 4th in 2014 and 2nd in 2013. I just hope he isn't emotionally and physically drained from his deep run at Royal Birkdale. Matt has had success at many of Jack's courses.
William McGirt. He's hit a rough patch lately with nothing above a 30 place finish in his last 8 starts. Glen Abbey might help him turn his luck around, he finished 9th here last year, 34th in 2015 and 25th in 2014. His accuracy off the tee is amazing this year at 70.89% good enough for 9th best on the tour. This is a Jack Nicklaus course and William won the king (or bear) of Jack Nicklaus courses at the Memorial two years ago.
Graham DeLaet. He's made a few runs but never seems to get there. He was 7th in 2014 but withdraw the next year and had a rough first day last year shooting a 77. I keep waiting for the year where it all clicks all the way through Sunday. He currently has top 26 finishes in 3 of his last 4 tournaments.
Chris Kirk. The 10 year vet out of the University of Georgia hasn't made the most of his last 5 tournaments but he has a strong past at Glen Abbey. 14th here last year, 21st in 2013 and 4th in 2012. He's 6th on the tour in strokes gained putting.
Current Stats on picks so far this season:
A Golfers: Avg finish 48th (35th percentile)
B Golfers: Avg finish: 52nd (38th percentile)
C Golfers: Avg finish: 53rd (39th percentile)
Sleepers: Avg finish 48th (35th percentile)
2017 average 137 golfers per tournament.