2017 RBC Canadian Open – Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th
Back to North America we go with good old shot tracker, but we still are not in America as Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario is the site for the RBC Canadian Open. We are also back to watching many mid-tier guys battle it out so the week of having top 50 golfers as your 5th and 6th man on rosters is gone. This is a tricky event, with many players coming back from Europe after the Open, so keep in mind that some might just be here to appease their sponsor.
Glen Abbey is a par 72 measuring out around 7,250 yards. The course has taken on renovations over the years, most recently moving to Bentgrass greens, but we do have some course history to work with. The rough does not seem to be super punishing so bombers will have an opportunity to really get after it, especially on the 4 par 5s that this course offers. You want players who excel off the tee as gaining strokes there should allow players to attack most holes and set themselves up for some scoring chances. The greens can be a little tricky to hit, so around the green game and scrambling aren’t bad things to look at this week. The way scoring is set up on DraftKings these easy par 5s are going to be crucial so Par 5 scoring is going to be something I look at as well.
Week after a major is not the ideal situation that any tourney wants to be in. Most of the elite guys are not at this event this week after travelling back from England, but we do have DJ leading the field with Kuchar and some other quality players up top. Extra Canadians in the field this week, so it will be interesting to see if one of the hometown players can break through in their countries championship.
Those last 6 holes on Sunday were up there on the wildest I have seen this year. Spieth found a way to blow a lead and then go re-win it, all within a few hours, which made for great television viewing. I had a good amount of Spieth and like everyone else had some Kuchar, but I had too many missed cuts this week. Haas, Molinari, Reed, Oosty did not get it done so it was a pretty ugly result for me this week. I would have loved to see the weather be a little tougher as Friday was the only day where players were facing a tough test from the wind.
Then to add insult to injury Grayson won the Barbasol Classic which as most of you know means we did not get the chance to cash in on the Grayson train that we have been on for months now.
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Dustin Johnson $12.2k DK/$19.4k FDraft – This one is pretty simple, the talent gap between him and the rest of the field is gigantic. His price is where it usually is, but if he rounds back into his usual form he could win this going away. His stats and course history check out as well, but again it starts and ends with the talent gap for me this week when talking about DJ.
Tony Finau $9.5k DK/$16.2k FDraft – Since this field is not the deepest you are going to have guys like Finau priced above where they normally sit. Stats wise Finau checks every box, he is great on par 5s and excels off the tee. Not the strongest around the green game, but he is certainly not in the Graham Delaet death category and should be able to hold his own and not let that overtake the other areas of his game where he can pick up strokes.
Keegan Bradley $8.9k DK/$14.8k FDraft – Ugh I am really not Keegan fan and we all know how erratic and volatile this guy can be. He does set up well and with the lack of talent in this field Keegan may have a chance to compete, especially if he can get the putter rolling. Going to wait and see about ownership with this one, as 5-10% Keegan is way more intriguing that chalk Keegan so keep an eye out later in the week for Keegan noise.
Graham DeLaet $8.3k DK, $14.9k FDraft – Be very, very careful with this one. Not even sure how much DeLaet I am using and it will only be in GPPs for sure. He is probably the worst around the green player in the entire field and has had no success at this event with missed cuts in recent years. Besides his horrendous ATG game the rest of his stats check out and I have been on DeLaet a lot in recent weeks so I will continue to invest as I do think he breaks thru at some point. Missed cut is a real possibly here so buyer beware, but the upside is also there.
Kevin Tway $7.7k DK/$14.4k FDraft – If you are going the bomber route this week Tway should be on the short list of guys you want. Crushes the ball, elite par 5 scorer and is playing solid golf lately. Price is pretty reasonable and although there is some risk he makes a great mid-range GPP target.
Chad Campbell $7.5k DK/$15k FDraft – Recent form is hot fire and his price is reasonable in a field with this quality. Not a bomber, but still rips up par 5s and has had success at Glen Abbey in the past. This is a crowded range with a lot of solid plays, but Chad Campbell might find his way on to my cash team as well as in GPPs this week.
Ollie Schniederjans $7.2k DK/$14.3k FDraft – Price is just not where it should be given the talent of this field. Ollie is solid with the irons, should be able to compete in a birdie fest and is just a better player than most of the guys he is priced around. Around the green game is not ideal, but since I can get Ollie as one of my last guys on teams I will be buying this week.
Daniel Summerhays $7.0k DK/$14.5k FDraft – Doesn’t fit the blueprint of most of the guys I am targeting, but this course has shown it is not just bombers who can excel given that shorter hitters position themselves off the tee. Summerhays is priced down and one of the safer options around 7k. If you are pairing a few volatile options with massive upside you will need a few safe plays to fill out the roster and Summerhays works as a salary relief option this week. Five straight “cuts-made” for Summerhays so recent form is there, and if he can get his putter rolling he still can go just as low as some of these higher upside plays.
Seamus Powers $6.8k DK/$12.6k FDraft – Playing solid this year, has not really broken thru to truly contend at all, but at this price he does not need to do much to pay off the tag. Excels on par 5s, somewhat of a bomber yet still is not too wild or erratic. Four straight “cuts-made”, although this will be his 6th straight week teeing it up which is a little concerning, but I still will be using some Seamus as a salary relief option this week.
Fades & Notes
Patrick Cantlay – This is not necessarily a fade recommendation, but rather a question. Where has Patrick Cantlay been for the past two months? He was playing good golf and I did not hear about an injury, but have not seen or heard from him since the Memorial. Not sure how to gauge where he is form wise or what has been the reason for not playing recently.
Good luck everyone!
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