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RBC Canadien Open: Expert Picks

Dustin is my favorite to win this week

RBC Canadian Open - Final Round Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Tournament Information

RBC Canadien Open
Date: July 26th - 29th
Course: Glen Abbey
Purse: $6.2MM ($1.1MM to winner)
FedEx points: 500 to the winner
2017 Winner: Jhonattan Vegas (-21)

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.

RBC Canadian Open - Final Round Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Starting 4

Jhonattan Vegas (1st selection this year). I remember picking him last year thinking, it’s rare that someone wins two years in a row. So...surely it’s rare someone wins three years in a row right?....right?

Tony Finau (3rd selection this year). He has top 25 finishes in four of his last five starts. 19th in strokes gained approaching the green and 21st in total strokes gained. He finished 5th here last year.

Dustin Johnson ( 5th selection this year) Staring with the fact that prior to the missed cut at the Open he had three consecutive top ten finishes but he finished 8th here last year and 2nd in 2016. Oh and he’s 1st in FedEx points and Official World Golf Ranking

Charley Hoffman (3rd selection this year). He looked great at the Open Championship. Three consecutive top 20 finishes. He finished 2nd here last year.

Bench 2

Jared Du Toit (1st selection this year) I really like to see some Canadiens do well at this tournament. He has top 26 finishes in four of his last six tournaments on the world tour. Don’t even ask about his OWGR though, it’s above 1,000 .

Adam Hadwin (2nd selection this year) Made the cut in 19 out of 20 tournaments this year. Missed the cut here last year, 49th in 2016 and 7th here in 2015.