The RBC Canadian Open kicks off today at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. It is in its normal spot on the PGA TOUR schedule but it is not a normal week. Due to golf being added back into the Olympics in Rio this summer, the Canadian Open is squeezed between The Open and the PGA Championship.
Jason Day won’t mind what tournament is next. Actually, based on the run that the Canadian Open kicked off for him last year he should be excited to return to Glen Abbey to defend his title. All he did was win his first major championship and 5 other tournaments since last year’s event.
The rest of the field is pretty strong considering where it sits on the schedule. Former winner (2013) Brandt Snedeker, US Open champ, Dustin Johnson, along with veterans Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar make for a compelling tournament.
Glen Abbey is a 7251 yard course that will be prime for scoring. It is a par 35-37=72 track with three par 5s on the closing nine (13, 16 & 18). The scoring average last year was just over 71 in 2015. We expect nothing less this week.
1. Jason Day – We keep saying it over and over but as long as the No.1 ranked golfer in the world is in the field we have to pick him. Especially when he is the defending champion. He did not play his best last week at Royal Troon, so the good memories of Glen Abbey should bring his game back.
2. Brandt Snedeker – The 2013 winner is in need of a victory or at least some Top 5 finishes as he tries to secure a spot on the Ryder Cup team. His steady iron play and solid putting should serve him well this week. Coming off a decent T22 finish at The Open, Sneds will be very confident in Ontario.
3. Matt Kuchar – Co-runner up to Snedeker in 2013, Kuch has had a very solid 2106 season. He has Top 10 finishes in his last five non-major starts. Also in need of a win or Top 5 finish to solidify a spot on the US Ryder Cup team, Kuch should be in the mix on Sunday afternoon at Glen Abbey.
Wild Card Pick:
This week is actually an easy pick for us. Johnattan Vegas is our guy here. He has a very nice showing at the Barbasol last week. He shot 60 in the 2nd round Friday. He tour apart the par 5s all week long. His scoring average was 3.8 on them. With the three par 5s on the back nine at Glen Abbey he could take advantage and make a run at a victory.
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