As the schedule of national championships continues, the PGA Tour heads to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. While it lacks the tradition and status of the British Open Championship to be sure, the Canadian is solid tournament that returns to a historic track as the rotation brings it back to Glen Abbey Golf Club located in Oakville, Ontario. This will be the 26th time the tournament has visited Glen Abbey with the most recent visit coming in 2009 when Nathan Green claimed the win in the second consecutive Canadian Open at the course. Glen Abbey is a classic course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The most distinguishing feature are the “valley holes” on 11-15 as the course winds along Sixteen Mile Creek. There’s been quite a variety of winners at Glen Abbey from recent relative unknowns like Nathan Green and Chez Reavie to big names like Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.
Last week at the Open Championship, it was Phil Mickelson who took the Claret Jug with a fantastic finishing round. His big finish rescued my entry for the week as I finished with a solid 150. My total was not as good as Foot-Wedge’s 179 giving them their second win in a row. Foot-Wedge is currently fourth in the segment with Hoochblues moving into the top spot after a second-place 177 last week. Foot-Wedge is our leader in the full-season standings with a group-high 20 top-10’s and four wins on the season.
Next week, I’m hoping to win the group and get my fourth win with these picks:
Brandt Snedeker- Snedeker finished just outside the top ten at Muirfield giving him three striaght top 20’s. He’ll be a regular on this list if he can stay healthy the rest of the season, and has a solid history at Glen Abbey with a t5 in ’09 even before his big year last year.
Chez Reavie-Taking a bit of a flier on this pick, but Reavie knows the course having gotten the win here in 2008. He has had his struggles since, needing a trip to Q school to get back on tour this year, but has had a solid season. He has made 12 of 17 cuts and has a pair of top-25 finishes in his last four starts. His best finish of the season was a t11 at Colonial and he added a t15 just two weeks ago at the John Deere Classic. The A-list is a little thin, so I’ll take a shot with Chez.
Graham DeLaet: DeLaet has had a breakout year although he’s yet to get a win. His best finish was a solo third at the Travelers, but getting a win at the Canadian Open would be a great way for this Saskatchewan native to claim his first Tour win. He had a string of seven top-30 performances snapped at the British Open where he made the cut finishing 83rd.
Dustin Johnson: Johnson had a good week across the pond but struggled a bit on the weekend. He hasn’t played the Canadian Open since 2008 when he was forced to WD due to injury. Johnson can win any tournament he enters if he gets his game going, and I think he’ll be in the mix on Sunday.
Hunter Mahan: Mahan came close last week but couldn’t keep up with Phil ultimately fading to t9. He has six top-26 finishes in his last seven events including top tens at both the US and British opens. He’s also made the cut in each of his eight trips to the Canadian Open and finished in the top 5 in 2004 on this course.
Matt Kuchar: Kuchar is as steady as any pro golfer right now. He’s made 20 straight cuts and is coming off a solid t15 last week at the Open. He and Hunter both seem poised to have a big finish to the season, but I only have limited starts with each. I’ll try and stash both on my bench for this week unless I lose a starter or they are in contention to get the win.
Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese pro has nine top 10’s in his first ten professional tournaments worldwide. He’s coming off a t6 last week at Muirfield and also logged a top ten in the US Open. He plays slow, but it doesn’t matter to his fantasy golf owners as long as he keeps playing well.
Morgan Hoffmann: Hoffman has four straight top-25’s including top ten’s at the Travelers and the AT&T National. He didn’t play last week but finished 15th at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago. This will be his second Canadian Open after finishing t22 in 2011 in Vancouver.