From one nation’s open to another, the PGA Tour moves from Royal Lytham & St. Annes to the Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario. The Canadian Open could have some weather concerns early in the week and definitely doesn’t draw the field of the British, but still should made for some compelling golf for this weekend.
The course itself is a par 70 and was last used six years ago in the Canadian rotation. It’s a shot-maker’s course that has drawn comparisons to The Old White TPC that was used for the Greenbrier Classic three weeks ago. There’s only been one Canadian to win the open since WWI so don’t feel obligated to find one for your team.
Last week, when the dust of Adam Scott’s collapse settled, it was Squatney Leather who took home the win of the week with 193 points. My entry finished third scoring 187 and got bonuses from Scott, Els, and Tiger. Overall, it’s ^^^^MT Cup^^^^ who still holds the lead for the season while Ly-tham Webb leads for the summer segment.
Here’s the picks I’m rolling with for this week:
Jim Furyk – Furyk thrives on tracks like this and won at this venue six years ago. He has four top 10’s this year and is going to an almost universal pick that you don’t want to miss out on. I still have seven Furyk starts left, so I’ll go with him from the first tee this week.
Matt Kuchar – Kuchar is probably the biggest name in the field. As is typical for Kuch, he has seven top 10’s including one last week at Royal Lytham. He’s made the cut in an incredible 22 events in a row and is the right call on the A list if you have the starts remaining. I’m starting him on the bench to preserve one if I can since I have five left with eight tournaments left in the season.
Hunter Mahan – I’m running out of Hunter starts (just two after this), but I’m going with him this week since there’s not an extra-deep field. He’s coming off of a t19 at the British which gave him three top 20’s in a row and six consecutive made cuts with top 40’s. Hunter’s a popular pick and will probably finish well so he’s too good to pass up this week.
Brandt Snedeker – Before a rough weekend, Snedeker had things rolling at the British. He was the 36-hole leader and finished t3. At the Greenbrier he returned from injury to finish t38. His putting game is among the best in the game when he’s on. In 14 events this year he has a win, four top 10’s, and seven top 20’s.
Bo Van Pelt – Missed the cut last week at the British but had four top 25’s in his five starts before that including a solo second at the AT&T National. He has six top 10’s this year and finished in the top 20 last time the Canadian Open was in Hamilton.
Ted Potter Jr. - Potter came out of nowhere to win the Greenbrier. He has missed five consecutive cuts before winning in a playoff in West Virginia. Potter did make the cut at the John Deere and the British Open.
Seung-yul Noh – Noh has made 11 cuts in a row and finishe din the top 20 six times. He played well at AT&T National (t4) and the Greenbrier (t27) which give an idea of how he’ll do this week.
Graham DeLaet – It would be an incredibly story if a Canadian could put together a run. DeLaet is probably their best chance coming off a t12 at the Greenbrier and two top 10’s earlier this season.