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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:52 am    Post subject: RBC Canadian Open

Ok gang this week couple things to think about:

!) players who played last week in British Open feeling ill effects (tired letdown etc.)

2) Players championship next week.now I know there can be look aheads in sports like foots etc.in golf though hard cause lots guys just need to win so they can get exemption for at least couple years.so the question is do you go with the big boys or more of the non cause the non big boys won't be looking ahead maybe as much.also if they haven't yet qualified for next week nows the time maybe.the Canadian open is an open though not a major,but still good for resume I guess.anyways with that said Jason Day won this last year so I think might be good idea to put some what are considered big boys mixed with some what may be so called longshots.anyways gltall!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

Dustin Johnson 11-2 In Progress
Jason Day 5-1 In Progress
Matt Kuchar 16-1 In Progress
Brandt Snedeker 25-1 In Progress
Jim Furyk 29-1 In Progress
Emiliano Grillo 35-1 In Progress
Graham Delaet 40-1 In Progress
Tony Finau 40-1 In Progress
Charley Hoffman 50-1 In Progress
William McGirt 50-1 In Progress
Chris Kirk 55-1 In Progress
Kevin Streelman 55-1 In Progress
Ryan Palmer 55-1 In Progress
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Kevin Kisner 60-1 In Progress
David Hearn 65-1 In Progress
Jon Rahm 65-1 In Progress
Bryson Dechambeau 65-1 In Progress
Jimmy Walker 70-1 In Progress
Roberto Castro 70-1 In Progress
Colt Knost 75-1 In Progress
Graeme McDowell 75-1 In Progress
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Adam Hadwin 80-1 In Progress
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Kyle Reifers 90-1 In Progress
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

When the title defense for some golfers rolls around, it seems like they just won the tournament. This phenomenon is usually due to the absence of other success since. However, for Jason Day at the RBC Canadian Open, you’re excused if it feels like it’s been longer than 12 months since he lifted the trophy at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. And for good reason. His one-stroke victory during which he walked off with three consecutive birdies – he played holes 16-18 in bogey-free 10-under for the week – including a tournament-clinching beauty from just inside 22 feet on the 72nd hole, ignited a fairy tale. The Aussie went on to win his first major (2015 PGA Championship) and another five events since, all the while scaling to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking where he currently presides.

The long-term future of Glen Abbey, which is one of Jack Nicklaus’ earliest designs and first hosted Canada’s national championship in 1977, is for the land to be developed for commercial and residential purposes. When or even if it happens is still years away, but the tournament will be conducted here again in 2017. While it’s an unusual position for any site worthy of hosting the world’s best golfers, it hasn’t prevented upgrades to the property. In fact, what the field finds this week will be the conclusion of a weather-induced transition that began prior to last year’s edition when only eight of the greens featured bentgrass. The remaining 10 that were still lain with Poa were converted to bent after the tournament. All 97 bunkers were also improved and filled with new sand.

Perhaps most attractive is that, as this season’s only bridge between The Open Championship and PGA Championship, Glen Abbey is a scorable par 35-37=72, so grinding will be at a minimum this week. After it was renovated before the 2004 edition, it played as a par 71 in 2004 and 2008, but it’s been a par 72 since (2009, 2013, 2015). Last year’s field averaged 71.211 and converted 82 eagles, most on any course since 2008. That’s a fact aided by four par 5s (Nos. 2, 13, 16 and 18) and a field size of 156, but seven of those eagles didn’t occur on a par 5.

Day overpowered Glen Abbey and proved why hitting fairways isn’t necessary to succeed. He ranked T73 in driving accuracy for the week and second in distance of all drives. And although he finished T36 in greens in regulation, the Aussie connected on half of his 46 chances to break par with his world-class feel, ranking fourth in strokes gained: putting. A similar formula will contend again this week, but at just 7,253 yards with a plethora of scoring opportunities, Glen Abbey caters to all skill sets.

Unseasonably warm weather is in store until a mild cooling arrives on Sunday. Daytime highs will reach into the 90s during the first three rounds. As the mercury rises, so will the threat for rain and thunderstorms. Winds are forecast to be moderate as the energy moves through.


Jason Day

Returns to the source of where his positive attitude in the wake of heartbreak at St. Andrews yielded success. Leads TOUR in strokes gained: putting; fourth in birdies or better.

Dustin Johnson

The FedExCup points leader quietly shared ninth at Royal Troon for his fifth straight top 10; 11 on the season. Co-runner-up at Glen Abbey in 2013 in only prior trip.

Matt Kuchar

No worse than T6 in last five starts in non-majors. Co-runner-up at Glen Abbey in 2013; T7 last year. Ranks eighth on TOUR in adjusted scoring average.

im Furyk

Cooled since a T2 at the U.S. Open, but top 10s in last two trips to Glen Abbey. Solo fourth last year, leading the field in par-4 scoring and scrambling.

Brandt Snedeker

Hip injury thwarted 2015 return to Glen Abbey where he won in 2013 (on Poa). Also placed T5 in 2009. Ten of 14 cuts made this season are top 25s.

Emiliano Grillo

Piecing together a nice summer to pile onto a successful rookie season. Top 15s in three last four starts; T12 at Troon. Paced last year’s edition with a 64 en route to a T22.

David Hearn

Canada’s top-ranked golfer is out to avenge last year’s solo third; held lead entering finale. Led field in strokes gained: putting for the week. Top 20s in three of last five starts.

Colt Knost

Arguably best known as leading the PGA TOUR in fairways hit, but he’s also No. 1 in conversion percentage inside 10 feet. Three top-four finishes in last six starts.

William McGirt

In two majors and a WGC since Memorial win, he’s gone MC-T7-MC. No stranger to success at RBC; 5-for-5 with a T2 at Glen Abbey in 2013. Sits 19th in adjusted scoring.

Tony Finau

Hung on for a T18 in his debut at The Open Championship. Three top 20s in last six starts. Currently 31st in birdies or better. Closed out T22 here last year with field-low 65.

Sam Saunders

There’s no denying that he arrives with momentum. Chased a T21 at Congressional with a T9 in Reno and T8 in Alabama. Also placed T22 in his debut here last year.

Chad Campbell

Five straight cuts made includes a pair of top 15s. Historically solid ball-striking this season. Placed T16 (2013) and T11 (2015) at Glen Abbey; 36-hole leader last year.

Charley Hoffman

Horse for a course with a T16 and T7 in last two contests at Glen Abbey, respectively. Ranked third in proximity and fourth in birdies or better here last year.

Graham DeLaet

The Canuck capped progressively lower scores at the Barbasol Championship with 8-under 63 to finish T8. Also showing signs that greenside touch has returned. Graham DeLaet

Jhonattan Vegas

T4 at Barbasol included a second-round 60. Led field in par-5 scoring at 3.83! Currently fourth on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation and T13 in par-5 scoring.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:22 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

Inside the ropes

For the third time in four years, the Tour returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club outside Toronto to determine the champion of RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest tournament in the world. This Jack Nicklaus design opened in the mid-70’s and has hosted 27 previous editions of the Canadian national championship but only four since 2008. Gamers can also note that they will be back at Glen Abbey for the third time in a row next year before it’s determined if the course will be leveled for NEW HOMES. Google it…

As with most Jack Nicklaus designs, most holes become more difficult the farther away players get from the tee. Last year champion Jason Day was T-73 in fairways and T-36 in GIR but navigated the smallish greens to finish inside the top four in both putting numbers. He also finished T-2 in birdies with 23. This lends credence to the theory that accuracy off the tee and into greens is a must this week.

With greens around 5,600 square feet, slightly below average for Tour stops, those who hit more of them will have more chances at birdie. The rough will factor off the fairway and the green but at not even 7,300 yards, the lack of length will put smaller clubs in the big hitters’ hands from imperfect lies. Once on the greens, the Bentgrass can get rolling as fast as they would like it as there’s hardly been a drop of rain in the Toronto suburb this month. But before you think the U.S. Open is going to break out, remember that the average winning score here since the 2009 redesign has been 17 under. Add to that fact Ollie Schniederjans, playing in one of his first Tour events as a professional, led the field in putting his first time playing the course last July.

If the course plays firm and fast it will give the distance challenged off the tee a shot but it will also favor the big bombers attacking the four par-5 holes, three of those coming on the homeward nine. Running through parkland and then into the valley of Sixteen Mile Creek, elevation changes and tree-lined fairways will look prettier than they will be challenging. Think Montreux (Barracuda) but with not the mountain elevation changes. It’s not a coincidence that Day and Watson finished first and second here last year as they overpowered the track. The only element that slowed scoring last year was major wind issues on Saturday. Yet when the conditions returned to optimum on Sunday, scores plummeted again.

Gamers, ride those pros that have been here and done that. They’re not hard to find this week. I’ll also be looking at who’s hot as prior experience surely didn’t bother Tom Hoge (T-5) and Austin Cook (T-7) last year in their first trip. Par-5 scoring, birdies and bogey avoidance will be simple, yet useful metrics to find the favorites this week. Also, if guys are playing here after the British Open, it’s not a deterrent; they make their own schedules and prepare for all of this. It’s not like the RBC boys (Day, Snedeker, Kuchar and Furyk and…) would miss the hand that feeds them! Heck their records at this event suggest that would be STUPID at best!

The Field


In order of preference for this week and this tournament

Jason Day: Hardly a mystery here as the defending champion has won six more times, including his first major, since hoisting the trophy here last year; makes birdies for fun, destroys par 5s and has seven top 10’s, including a pair of wins, in his last 10.

Dustin Johnson: The surprises just keep coming! He’s completely kept the pedal to the metal after back-to-back wins at Oakmont and Firestone and added a top 10 at Royal Troon last week. Heck, it’s now five starts in a row inside the top 10 and he’ll overpower this place as Day and Watson did last year. Maybe he’ll bring his Canadian father-in-law for good luck!

Matt Kuchar: Last year was his third consecutive top 10 at the event and fourth in six years; his only two non-top 10’s in his last seven starts were majors and this ain’t no major!

Jim Furyk: Like Kuchar, hit the top 10 for the third time running north of the border last year; unlike Kuchar, his only recent top 10 was at Oakmont but he stands out in a field like this; only made three bogeys last year and makes plenty of pars to stay out of trouble.

David Hearn: Canadian local had a taste of the pressure last year after leading after 54 holes so he’ll have a point of reference if that happens again; eight sub-par rounds in his last 12 on Tour; six made cuts in row with five postings of T-28 or lower; plays from the middle of the fairway and has no problems circling birdies on par 3s and 4s.

William McGirt: Falls into the Furyk-Kuchar-Hearn mold of guys who don’t have to kill it to contend; winner at Memorial (Nicklaus design) and T-7 at WGC-BI (tough driving, greens) intertwine between two MCs, both at majors; seven of his last eight rounds here are under par, including T-2 in 2013.

Brandt Snedeker: 2013 champ didn’t have to fight Hunter Mahan on the weekend as he left his two-shot lead to head home for the birth of his first child; shot 63 on Saturday that year so it’s not hard to see that his game fits; back-to-back top 25s at Firestone and Royal Troon suggest he’s found form.

Colt Knost: “Big Gravy” turns into “Big Poutine” this week in honor of the Canadian dish; three top 10s in his last six events with two of those on Bentgrass; only MC’d twice in 21 starts this season; leads the Tour in fairways.

Tony Finau: Figured it out on Sunday with 65 here last year in his first try to finish T-22; fits the profile of a bomber who mashes it off the tee and trashes par 5s; T-11 at Memorial earlier this year plus T-18 at Royal Troon last week.

Emiliano Grillo: Can’t dismiss 64 to open here last year before settling for T-22; powerful and excellent tee-to-green; no surprise he’s made 12 of his last 13 weekends and enters with T-11 at Memorial, T-14 at WGC-BI and T-12 at the British Open in three of his last four.

Kevin Streelman: Last two times he was here were T-30 and T-31 in 2008-09 so he has a point of reference; blistering form entering the week with T-8 (Memorial), T-13 (U.S. Open) and T-12 (QLN).

Daniel Summerhays: Another on song as he’s rattled off nine weekends in his last nine events highlighted by T-8 at Oakmont; T-11 last year included bettering his score each round (73-69-68-67); super putter who holds his own in par-5 scoring as well (30th).

Graham DeLaet: Flashed signs with a 65 in Dallas before taking a month off to sort out his game; returned with T-29 at Montreux and followed that with 67-63 to close at Barbasol; Canadian has his own beer so that can’t possibly hurt either!

Charley Hoffman: Made 17 of 19 cuts in 2016; T-16 here in 2013 and T-7 last year suggests GAGC fits his game.

Chad Campbell: Five consecutive weekends all resulted inside the top 40; of those 20 rounds, 18 are 71 or lower; opened 67-63 last year and has a 66 from T-16 in 2013; should eat tee-to-green.


Just missed; no particular order

Roberto Castro: Six of his last eight rounds at GAGC are 70 or better; T-6 in 2013 is the better of two tries; played seven weekends in a row with 11 of 12 rounds 71 or lower.

Chris Kirk: Top 25 or bust in his last nine weekends that he’s made the cut (from 14).

Kyle Reifers: Hasn’t missed on his last five on Bentgrass; top 10s in Dallas/Ft. Worth plus T-20 at Memorial and T-9 at Montreux.

Harold Varner III: Power player that eats up par 5s; hasn’t MC’d in his last nine with five top 25s and three top 10s.

Bryce Molder: His MC on Montreux broke a nine-event run of weekends; top 10s in three of his last six before that with only one finish outside of the top 25; T-16 in his only trip in 2009.

Kevin Kisner: Next stop is putting four rounds together but has shown signs of life; sandwiched T-16 at WGC-BI between two made cuts at Oakmont and Royal Troon.

Jimmy Walker: Top 30s in his last three Tour starts (non-major); has no problem bombing it and missing fairways similar to Day; makes birdies for fun.

Adam Hadwin: Course history buffs will point out T-7 here last year; streak of seven in a row snapped last time out at Congressional; Canadian should be rested and ready to go plus T-11 at Memorial.

K.T. Kim: OWGR players will wonder why he’s not ranked higher after T-21 at WGC-BI and T-53 last week.

Jim Herman: Stuck three rounds below par here last year, including 69 on a difficult Saturday, to finish T-22; confidence booming after playing the weekend at Royal Troon and finishing in the upper half at WGC-BI.

Ryan Palmer: Hasn’t MC’d in four tries since 2008 here; nothing inside the top 20 outside of Texas since January; T-30 last week plus he hits it a mile and makes plenty of birdies.

Brian Harman: T-33 in his last four starts on Tour; opened 65-67 last year and sat solo second before a quiet weekend; stud gamers will point out he’s never had a top 10 here and that’s a GREAT thing with Harman!

Jon Curran: I’m not overlooking eight cuts made in a row or a playoff loss to McGirt on a Nicklaus design at Memorial.


Course horses, long shots, cheeky picks, DFS last call, red herrings, general mish-mash

Dan McCarthy: He’s going to make-or-break many fantasy teams this week because of his recent form on the MacKenzie Tour. He’s played six events, won three, top 10’s in two others and was T-34 last time out. He’s played in one Tour event and four Web.com Tour events.

Tom Hoge: His T-5 looks tasty from last year but he came in on form; this year isn’t bad either as he’s played eight of his last 10 but only has one top 25 in his last nine.

Jonas Blixt: Now that everyone is enamored with Sweden, Blixt is surely to win this week; made 16 of 20 cuts this year.

Cameron Percy: Co-medal Monday qualifier; T-13 at Montreux recently and T-18 here last year. Giddy up.

Michael Kim: Just two rounds from his last 16 over 71; made 10 of his last 11 cuts; season-best T-11 last week at Barbasol.

Hunter Mahan: Ok, ok, ok, hang on a minute. Remember, he left a two-shot lead after 36 holes to join his wife for the birth of their first child back in 2013. IF THE GOLFING GODS HAVE ANY KARMA TO PAYOUT, this is the week that Mahan gets a boost. I’m not leading with him but he’s a calculated end-of-roster play in my opinion.

Brad Fritsch: With a win and a T-2 on the Web he already has his Tour card locked up for 2017; Canadian can free-wheel it this week without status lurking over him.

Si Woo Kim: Never know how a 21-year old will react after not winning a winnable tournament/playoff last week. Caution.

Chez Reavie: 2008 champ has posted 10 of 14 rounds here under par.

Vijay Singh: Six in a row including his first top 10 in some time before MC at Royal Troon suggests he’s found a bit of something.

Tyrone van Aswegen: Hasn’t missed in his last six but only one has gone for a top 25; three round here under par for T-34 last year is something.

Sam Saunders: All four rounds here under par last year for T-22 in his only try; on form with T-34, T-21, T-9 and T-8 in his last four; uncharted territory here in the form department!

Brian Stuard: He’s from Michigan which is essentially southern Canada so this also qualifies as a home game; T-16 last time out at WGC-BI and was T-22 here last year.

Andres Gonzales: T-12, MC and T-4 in his last three; T-22 here last year with rounds of 67 and 68 as highlights.


Players to avoid

Graeme McDowell: Who can guess which week he’ll play well? Not me.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Since his win it’s been T-54, MC, MC and MC in his last four.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:03 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

The RBC Canadian Open returns to the familiar confines of Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario with Jason Day starring as the defending champion. Here is a preview and power ranking to close out this week’s research.

It should be pointed out for the course history buffs that the RBC Canadian Open is on a rotation, of sorts, when it comes to venue. Glen Abbey is the most common home, hosting in 2015, 2013, 2009, 2008 and 2004 to name the last five. That said, solid or poor returns in the other years carry much less weight.

Glen Abbey stretches out to a modest 7,253 yards and plays to a par of 72. The four par 5s are all birdie opportunities, with three tipping the scales at less than 530 yards and the fourth below 560. Typically, it takes something approaching 20-under-par to claim the trophy at Glen Abbey, so expect plenty of fireworks.

While this field lacks depth, there is some power at the top. Not only is Jason Day on the scene, so is Dustin Johnson. It doesn’t take an expert to point out these are arguably the hottest two players of 2016. Steady hands like Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar more than qualify as notables.

It would seem obvious that taking advantage of the par 5s is paramount, so Par 5 Scoring Average is of relevance in a way. Since par 5s are generally longer than what Glen Abbey offers, a bit of an asterisk is in order. Par Breakers also seems obvious. What’s not quite as clear is the third metric of choice, which is Strokes Gained: Around-The-Green. Typically there is some correlation between GIR and leaderboards in most tournaments, but that hasn’t held true at Glen Abbey. That points to scrambling. The beauty of the new SG:ATG stat is that it would also factor in getting up-and-down for birdie on par 5s.

Upon considering Glen Abbey history, current form and statistical prowess, here is this week’s power ranking!

1. Dustin Johnson – His streak of back-to-back wins fell by the wayside at Royal Troon last week, but a T9 wasn’t exactly an embarrassment. He’s played Glen Abbey on one occasion, tying for third in 2013. It goes without saying that the bomber can rip apart par 5s and make birdies and eagles by the bunch. As long as he remains motivated, he’ll be a force in Ontario.

2. Jason Day – The defending champ just missed on snaring the top spot in the rankings, but he’ll have his chance to settle that score on the course. While he didn’t play Glen Abbey in 2013, he did post rather unimpressive results way back in 2008 and 2009. Of course, everything has changed since then.

3. Matt Kuchar – The RBC staffer has enjoyed success at Glen Abbey, with a T2 in 2013 and a T7 in 2015 highlighting his efforts. He hasn’t played well in the recent majors, but this isn’t a major. Class is permanent, and history is strong, so invest with confidence.

4. Brandt Snedeker – The winner in 2013 enters on the heels of a pair of top 25s, so he’s trending in the right direction. Sneds is a bit of a poa annua expert, further validating why he was able to claim a title here in 2013, but he’ll need to thrive on a new surface (bentgrass) this time around.

5. Jim Furyk – After a T2 in the U.S. Open, he’s faded a bit in his last three starts. There is some concern that his heavy schedule could put too much pressure on his freshly-mended wrist. Still, he was fourth here last year after a T9 in 2013. He’ll keep it in play and enjoy a shorter par-72 layout than what has become the norm.

6. Roberto Castro – Castro could have easily won last week in Alabama if he putted at all, but that’s always been his issue. A T6 here in 2013 and a pair of T11s in his last three starts have him in fine form this week.

7. William McGirt – A runner-up here in 2013, McGirt has been feast-or-famine the last few starts. To be exact, he’s gone win-MC-T7-MC. Those missed cuts were in majors. It wouldn’t be a surprise for his confidence to produce a strong result.

8. Kevin Streelman – Streelman’s last three starts have gone T8-T13-T12, which is about as good as it gets this far down the depth chart. His past results at Glen Abbey have resulted in a T30 in 2008 and a T31 in 2009, which is good enough to earn an endorsement when considered against his current form. His stats are about as average as his past results.

9. Emiliano Grillo – After months of mediocrity, Grillo has picked up the pace. He’s scored a pair of top 15s in his last two starts, and three of his last four, including a T12 at the Open Championship. He tied for 22nd in last season’s RBC Canadian Open.

10. Jonas Blixt – The Swede has made plenty of cuts, but doesn’t have a notable finish since his T19 at THE PLAYERS. Still a T22 last year and top-50 rankings in Par 5 Scoring Average and Par Breakers make him an intriguing option.

11. Jimmy Walker – This is teetering dangerously close to a lost season, with this serving as a chance to reverse course. Current form and course history aren’t looking pretty, but he possesses an interesting blend of stats. He also could benefit from a weaker field and lower expectations.

12. Tony Finau – The bomber could follow in the successes of Dustin Johnson at Glen Abbey. Finau popped a top 20 in the Open Championship last week and had a top 25 in last year’s RBC Canadian Open.

13. Bryson DeChambeau – A wildcard in all regards, he is an intriguing prospect. We’ve seen no shortage of young guns win on TOUR the last few years, and he could potentially earn a 2016-17 PGA TOUR card with a huge week.

14. John Rahm – Same story as DeChambeau. He’s fearless and talented, taking on a course he should be able to rip apart against a field that shouldn’t intimidate him.

15. David Hearn – We can’t have an RBC Canadian Open preview without mentioning a Canuck, can we? Hearn finished third last year, and has played steadily of late. Still, this is the fifth major for all Canadians. The pressure of that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

some possible sleepers this week hmm!

Roberto Castro … Fresh off a T11 at the Barbasol Championship, the third top-11 finish in his last five starts dating back to a playoff loss at Quail Hollow in May. Led last week’s field in strokes gained: tee-to-green. For the season, he’s 21st in the stat to pay off ranking ninth in driving accuracy and 13th in greens in regulation. It’s the kind of show that can thrive anywhere as long as the putts are dropping. Therein lies his challenge, but the 31-year-old sits T4 in par-4 scoring and T39 in par-5 scoring. Also 2-for-2 at Glen Abbey with a T6 in 2013.

Bryce Molder … As much as he knows who he is and where he prospers, it’s still a surprise that the 37-year-old has appeared only once before at Glen Abbey. He tied for 16th in 2009 in what was his third wind on the PGA TOUR, so to speak. He’s stuck since and carved out a career as a worthy navigator in cozier ballparks. This reputation is strikingly evident in sorted splits across the board. Currently 39th in fairways hit, 11th in strokes gained: putting, second in scrambling and first in strokes gained: around-the-green. A fruitful season has yielded five top 10s overall, but he’s played marvelously in his last seven starts, especially, en route to five top 25s.

Ben Martin … While the 29-year-old is fully exempt through 2016-17, it was beginning to look like he wasn’t going to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs this season, but with a T7 at the Barracuda Championship and a T20 at the Barbasol Championship, he’s nearly inside the safe zone at 110th with 441 points. (Last year’s bubble burst at 458 points, but with one more event on the schedule.) The South Carolina native is making his debut at Glen Abbey where his skill set can shine. Ranks 43rd in scoring opportunities, T10 in conversion percentage inside 10 feet, T43 in par-4 scoring and T22 in par-5 scoring

Mark Wilson … It was at Glen Abbey last year when a T22 sparked a mild run of form to secure his card for this season. He arrived slotted 121st in the FedExCup standings and left parked at 114th, which also happened to be his opening position in the Playoffs. That finish remained his best anywhere until a T13 at the Barracuda Championship three weeks ago. Now, as he registered for his sixth appearance at Glen Abbey, the 41-year-old is 168th in FedExCup points. A sparkling slate here includes top 25s in each of his last four, including a T6 in 2013.

Dan McCarthy ... For the last couple of years, the Canada’s national championship has reserved tee times for standout performers on the Mackenzie Tour—PGA TOUR Canada. In 2014, Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen placed T53 at Royal Montreal. Last year’s Order of Merit leader J.J. Spaun finished T41 at Glen Abbey, only to get beaten by Adam Svensson, who landed ninth in season earnings on their circuit but T34 in the tournament. This year’s crop is led by McCarthy, who has won three of the first six tournaments of the season on the developmental proving ground. It’s the first time anyone has done that since Aaron Goldberg also won thrice in 2010. The 30-year-old from New York has stated that his success isn’t so much sudden as it is a culmination of all of the things that go into achieving his career objectives. In his only previous PGA TOUR start, he missed the cut at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but Glen Abbey will cater to his overall form and knack to go low. He’s way out front on the Mackenzie Tour—PGA TOUR Canada with an actual scoring average of 67.42. (Average par in his 24 rounds would be 71.33.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

Scoring: Jason Day; Graham DeLaet; Adam Hadwin; Dustin Johnson; Ryan Palmer; Daniel Summerhays

Driving: Chad Campbell; Graham DeLaet; Dustin Johnson; Si Woo Kim; Colt Knost; William McGirt; Ryan Palmer; Chez Reavie; Jhonattan Vegas

Approach: Roberto Castro; Dustin Johnson; Chris Kirk; Colt Knost; Ryan Palmer; Chez Reavie

Short: Jason Day; Adam Hadwin; Dustin Johnson; Colt Knost; William McGirt; Bryce Molder; Daniel Summerhays

Power Rankings Wild Card

Kevin Streelman … We haven’t seen him since he signed for a T12 at Congressional four weeks ago. It was his third straight top-15 finish after eight consecutive starts without a top 30. His best result in a pair of tries at Glen Abbey happens to be T30, but that was way back in 2008. Had the RBC Canadian Open been contested two or three weeks ago, he’s probably have wiggled into the Power Rankings, but there’s reason to be cautious given the separation since.


Si Woo Kim … Not his first visit to Glen Abbey where he submitted one of just three red numbers (of 14 rounds completed) as a PGA TOUR rookie in 2013, but he deserves a thought in DFS lineups this week in the wake of a playoff loss in Alabama on Sunday. All things considered, the 21-year-old (as of only three weeks ago!) has enjoyed a remarkable season what with 10 top 25s and a current position of 45th in the FedExCup standings. Capable off the tee, he struggles with his irons, but a taut short game compensates.

Chez Reavie … Because he’s probably well-priced in DFS, that’s where you take the plunge. His only victory on the PGA TOUR occurred here in 2008, but he’s 2-for-3 here since with no top 30s. A hot-and-cold 2015-16 shows only one top-40 finish in his last eight starts, but lean on the positive energy at Glen Abbey in a complementary role in our world.

Daniel Summerhays … Nine consecutive cuts made over the last three months, five going for a top 25. Sits 18th in strokes gained: putting and 20th in birdies-or-better percentage. Also placed T11 at Glen Abbey last year and was perfect on 63 looks from eight feet and in, 16 of which were from outside four feet.

Chris Kirk … Loyal readers already know that I dismiss failure in majors, so that approach gets tested again. In fact, he’s missed the cut in every major this year but logged six top 20s since the Masters. In his only previous appearance at Glen Abbey, he finished T21 (with progressively higher scores), but even if he hadn’t been here before, I’d be on board given repeated recent success outside the spotlight.

Ryan Palmer … On board to get you to the weekend, so chalk it up as a goal attained when it happens. Everything thereafter is gravy. Remember that he typically makes his hay earlier in the calendar year, but we’ll take a 4-for-4 slate at Glen Abbey even if it features only one top 30 (T22, 2008).

Adam Hadwin … The native of British Columbia recovered from an opening 74 at Glen Abbey last year with a trio of sub-70s for a T7. Hasn’t competed since missing the cut at Congressional in late June, but strung together seven paydays before that. Best known as one of the PGA TOUR’s best putters, he’s also slightly above average throughout his bag. And, of course, he’s further inspired by seeking to become the first Canadian to win the national championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954. In fact, Fletcher is the only Canuck to prevail in this tournament in over 100 years.


Kyle Reifers … A relative decision here because he’s in the midst of his best season with a PGA TOUR card. Four top 20s in his last seven starts and 20-for-27 overall with five top 10s. However, he’s 0-for-2 at Glen Abbey and not yet among the reliable in whom we can ignore past failure in favor of current form.

Kevin Kisner … It’s hard to believe that the 32-year-old is 12th in the FedExCup standings, but he did end a months-long drought with a T10 at Colonial. Also recently placed T16 at Firestone, but those acquiesce only full-season gamers who were already getting flustered. Now making his first appearance at Glen Abbey.

Jimmy Walker … First trip to Glen Abbey since 2009 when he placed T46. There have been positives this season, but the umbrella takeaway is in the fact that he’s poised to fall outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since crashing in with his breakthrough victory at the Frys.com Open in October of 2013. The 37-year-old currently sits 49th.

Graeme McDowell … As much as I’d love to assign contrarian value to the tee-ball sharpshooter at Glen Abbey, he’s broken par just once in five rounds here, three of which going for 75 or higher.

Andrew Loupe … Ranks ninth in birdies-or-better percentage and 12th in par-5 scoring, but he arrives having missed five consecutive cuts. Also MC’d in his debut at Glen Abbey last year.

Nick Taylor … Although the 28-year-old Canadian has earned some attention with a T5 in Puerto Rico and another four top 25s this season, he’s sputtered more often. Also 2-for-6 in his national championship with no top 50s.

Michael Johnson … Kind of like Lee McCoy 2.0 at the Barbasol Championship. You’ll recall that McCoy contended at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course earlier this year, a track that he knows exceptionally well. Johnson had on-site expertise at Grand National’s Lake Course last week. While I’m not endorsing Johnson until he validates elsewhere, gamers need to keep an eye on the fresh pro as his 105 non-member FedExCup points collected last week would rank 194th among members and yield a berth in the Web.com Tour Finals.

Jon Rahm … He’s eerily launched his pro career not unlike how Bryson DeChambeau hit the ground running at Harbour Town in April. The Spaniard debuted with a T3 at Congressional, but has since registered a T72 in Reno and a T59 at Royal Troon. Apologists will cite the quirks of both of those tournaments, but gamers need not subscribe to the theories, especially with proven talent sprinkled throughout the depth of this week’s field.

Returning to Competition

Camilo Villegas … Called it quits during the second round of last week’s Barbasol Championship with discomfort in a wrist. Also withdrew from consideration to represent Colombia in the Olympics due to the fact that he’s not yet fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17. Currently 146th in the FedExCup standings and 152nd on the money list. Only one top-40 finish in his last 13 starts, but tied for 22nd at Glen Abbey last year.

John Huh … Walked off Montrêux three weeks ago with a sore back. It’s the second consecutive edition of the Barracuda Championship during which he’s withdrawn, and for the same reason. He’s 0-for-2 at Glen Abbey with no lower than a 1-over 73 in any of his four loops.

Scott Brown … Out since withdrawing during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a back injury. He committed to the Quicken Loans National two weeks later, but withdrew early. Safely at 91st in the FedExCup standings, but give him at least one start before considering him in all formats.

Ted Potter, Jr. … Hasn’t competed on the PGA TOUR since a broken ankle sidelined him after he missed the cut in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal. The lefty took his time getting back inside the ropes altogether, and he’s made it count. In eight starts on the Web.com Tour this season, he’s recorded six top 20s and sits 54th on the circuit’s money list. He gets a start at Glen Abbey this week via a Major Medical Extension, and will have one more to burn, but gam

Notable WDs

Matt Jones … Also withdrew from consideration for the Olympics for which he qualified after previous withdrawals by fellow Australians. (Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser will instead represent the country in Rio.) Jones’ job is on the line, though, as he’s 121st in FedExCup points and 118th on the money list. He’s exempt into next week’s PGA Championship.

Brian Gay … This is the fifth time since the Northern Trust Open that he’s withdrawn between a tournament’s commitment deadline and its opening round. Currently 182nd in the FedExCup standings and a virtual lock to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. Whether the 44-year-old pegs it in the four-event series remains to be seen as he still has 16 starts on a Major Medical Extension.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

Golfers to Bet - RBC Open

Tournament: RBC Canadian Open
Date: Thursday, July 21st
Venue: Glen Abbey Golf Course
Location: Oakville, Ontario

After an exciting weekend at The Open, the golfers now head to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.

Last year, Jason Day won this tournament with a score of 17-under. He defeated Bubba Watson by only a stroke and one could only hope that this year’s event will be as exciting as last year’s.

Day will be back to defend his championship on Thursday and guys like Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk will also be out there competing this weekend.

Snedeker won this thing back in 2013 and Furyk won in both 2006 and 2007. All of these guys have really good chances of winning once again on Sunday.

This should be a pretty high-scoring tournament, as the winner of this event has shot at least a 16-under in each of the past four years that this event has taken place at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

With that out of the way, let’s now take a look at some of the golfers that could pay off big come Sunday evening:

Golfers to Bet

Jason Day (5/1) - In a tournament that lacks a lot of star power, it’s hard to stay away from taking the chalky competitors. Day is certainly that, as he is the favorite to win this thing and one of only two big names in this tournament. He is, however, a worthy favorite and it’d be an absolute shocker if he is not in contention to win this thing on Sunday. Day tore it up on this golf course a year ago and he will also be coming into this event with some serious motivation. Day is currently the top ranked golfer in the OWGR, but that is not something that can’t change. Dustin Johnson is creeping towards the top of the rankings and Day will need some victories to hold him off. Look for a determined Day to play some excellent golf this week and don’t be afraid to throw a few units on him at 5/1.

Dustin Johnson (11/2) - As previously mentioned, Johnson is another one of the favorites to win this thing and it’d be a wise move to put a few units on him at 11/2 as well. Johnson is the hottest golfer on the TOUR right now, as he has now racked up seven top-10 finishes in his past 10 outings. Not only has Johnson been finishing near the top, but he also won both the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone in June. He also finished tied for ninth at The Open last week and it says a lot about the way he is playing considering that was a disappointing finish for him. As long as he is putting well, Johnson will be a steady force at the top of the leaderboard moving forward. He’ll also be eager to get out there and try to win this thing, as he was a runner-up in this tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Course in 2013.

Tony Finau (35/1) - Finau is a guy that not many people know, but he is an excellent golfer and is currently 40th in the FedExUp rankings and 77th in the OWGR. He is receiving some very favorable odds at 35/1 and should be feeling extremely confident coming into this tournament. Finau made his The Open Championship debut last week and finished tied for 18th, shooting an even score on the weekend. Playing that well on the national stage should really help him moving forward and he’s certainly a guy to watch out for this weekend. He also happened to be playing well going into the The Open, finishing tied for eighth at the CVS Health Charity Classic in the tournament he played before the major. Look for him to build upon all of that and find himself in the running on Sunday.

Graeme McDowell (75/1) - McDowell has not played well over the past few years, but he is still a very talented golfer and his experience should help him in this tournament. McDowell is good with his irons and is capable of getting hot with the putter as well. He’s a guy that was once one of the top golfers in the world and should not be getting the 75/1 odds he’s receiving in this tournament. Taking a shot on him could pay off huge, as this is exactly the type of tournament that he could make a splash. There is not a ton of top ranked golfers, so it’s a very good opportunity for him to break through and turn his season around.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

10 to Watch: RBC Canadian Open
By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange

1. Dustin Johnson, United States -- Even though he didn't have the game that carried him to victories in the U.S. Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, DJ finished still tied for ninth in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. He has played better than anyone in the world over the last month or so, as that was his fifth consecutive top-10 finish and 11th in 16 events on the PGA Tour this season. Johnson, who leads the FedEx Cup point standings and is No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings, is playing in the RBC Canadian Open for only the fourth time and in 2013 at Glen Abbey he finished in a tie for second, three shots behind Brandt Snedeker. DJ opened with a 75, bounced back with 67-63 in the middle rounds and couldn't catch Sneds with a closing 70.

2. Jason Day, Australia -- The top-ranked golfer in the world returns to Glen Abbey, where he started his run to the top last year by making birdies on the last three holes to beat Bubba Watson by one stroke. That was the first of seven victories in his next 15 starts, including his first major title in the PGA Championship the following month at Whistling Straits. In his only previous appearances in the RBC Canadian Open, Day tied for 48th in 2008 and finished 52nd the following year. His tie for 22nd in the Open Championship last week ended a run of five consecutive finishes in the top 10 in the majors, but he has eight top-10s this season on the PGA Tour, including victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship and the Players Championship.

3. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Kooch has done just about everything except win the RBC Canadian Open in the last three years, finishing no worse than a tie for seventh last year and posting a cumulative score of 36-under par. In 2013, he charged into contention with a 64 in the third round at Glen Abbey, site of this year's tournament, but closed with a 70 to tie for second, three shots behind Brandt Snedeker. Kuchar also made a closing run with a 65 two years ago and tied for fourth, six strokes behind winner Tim Clark of South Africa. Kooch was in the hunt at 71-68 midway through the Open Championship at Royal Troon, but played the weekend in 75-76 to tie for 46th. That ended a run of five finishes of sixth or better in his previous six starts.

4. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- Having fought through a stretch in which he missed the cut three times in four events, Sneds heads north of the border after finishing in the top 25 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Open Championship. He's trying to get back to the form he showed earlier this season, when he finished in the top 10 on five occasions, including his eighth PGA Tour victory in the Farmers Insurance Open. One of those eight came in the 2013 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, where the tournament is being played again this week. Snedeker shot 69-63 in the middle rounds and had bookend score of 70 to win by three strokes over Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Bohn and William McGirt. He also tied for fifth in 2009 and tied for seventh in 2007.

5. Jim Furyk, United States -- The 46-year-old Furyk got a late start this season because of left wrist surgery and seemed to have lost very little when he tied for second in the U.S. Open at Oakmont. However, he has struggled in his last two events, including a tie for 59th in the Open Championship at Royal Troon. He could get a lift by returning to the RBC Canadian Open, in which he has finished in the top 10 each of the last three years after winning the title in 2006 and 2007. His first Canadian title came at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, where he opened with a 63, played the weekend in 67-65 and beat Bart Bryant by one shot with a birdie on the 17th hole during a closing 65. A year later, he made a hole in one on the fourth hole of a closing 64 and held off Vijay Singh by one shot at Angus Glen.

6. Charley Hoffman, United States -- Hoffman's best finish in seven starts since winning the Valero Texas Open in April, his fourth PGA Tour victory, was a tie for 12th in the AT&T Byron Nelson. However, he has played well in the RBC Canadian Open in the past, including a tie for fourth last year at Glen Abbey, shooting 66-69 in the middle rounds and finishing five strokes behind winner Jason Day of Australia. Hoffman's best result north of the border was a tie for fourth in 2010 at St. George's Golf and Country Club, where he recorded bookend 65s and wound up four shots behind champion Carl Petterson of Sweden. He seemed headed for another top-10 finish in 2013 at Glen Abbey after opening with 69-69-67, but a closing 74 left him in a tie for 16th.

7. David Hearn, Canada -- Last year, Hearn made a valiant effort to become the first Canadian to win his country's national championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954, starting with 69-64-68 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round at Glen Abbey. However, he managed only a 72 on Sunday and finished solo third, two shots behind winner Jason Day of Australia. That was his 13th start in the Canadian Open and only his first top-10 finish, as he missed the cut in his first four tries. Hearn has not won on the PGA Tour, losing in playoffs at the 2013 John Deere Classic to Jordan Spieth and in the 2015 Greenbrier Classic to Danny Lee of New Zealand. After a slow start this season, the Canadian tied for 12th in the Quicken Loans National and tied for 20th in the Barbasol Championship in his last two outings.

8. Emiliano Grillo, Argentina -- Things have not come easily for the 23-year-old Argentine since he captured season-opening Frys.com Open last October in his first event as a PGA Tour member. He doesn't have another finish in the top 10, but his game has shown signs of awakening lately with a tie for 11th in the Memorial Tournament, a tie for 14th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and a tie for 12th in his first appearance in the Open Championship last week at Royal Troon. That gave him seven top-25 finishes in his rookie season and he will be looking for more when he makes his second appearance in the RBC Canadian Open. Grillo tied for 22nd last year at Glen Abbey, taking the first round lead with a 64 and staying in the chase until he fell out of the top 10 with a closing 74.

9. Tony Finau, United States -- Coming off a tie for 18th in his first Open Championship last week, Finau will make his second appearance in the RBC Canadian Open. Last year at Glen Abbey, he recorded a tie for 22nd by closing with a 65, and with his length off the tee he could be a threat on the classic course if he keeps it in the short grass. It's already been a successful sophomore season on the PGA Tour for Finau, who captured the Puerto Rico Open at Cocoa Beach in a playoff over Steve Marino with a birdie on the third playoff hole, and he has six other finishes in the top 25. Of course, last year he gave something of a preview of what might be coming when he tied for 14th in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and tied for 10th in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

10. Graham DeLaet, Canada -- DeLaet looked a bit like Grizzly Adams until he shaved his beard last week and it paid off with a tie for eighth in the Barbasol Championship, in which he closed with a sizzling 63. He won three times on the Canadian Tour but still is looking for his first title on the PGA Tour and would love nothing better for it to come this week in the RBC Canadian Open. That would make him the first homegrown winner of the tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954. DeLaet is making his eighth start in his national championship and he made a run at the title two years ago at Royal Montreal Golf Club. He was in a tie for third and opening with 70-63, before playing the weekend in 70-68 to wind up in a tie for seventh.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

2016 Canadian Open Picks with Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews

The duel between Sweden's Henrik Stenson and American Phil Mickelson at the British Open at Royal Troon in Scotland was absolutely sensational theater. Poor Lefty. The guy lips out a birdie on his final hole of Round 1 for a chance at a record-breaking 62. And then on Sunday he shoots an amazing 65 to finish at 17-under yet loses by three shots to Stenson, who had a stunning 63 on Sunday. That ties the lowest final-round score in a major for the eventual winner. Stenson’s is the first to be achieved in the final round of the British Open. Johnny Miller had the only other 63 at the 1973 U.S. Open.

It was not just Stenson's first major championship win but also the first for a Swedish male. Annika Sorenstam won a handful of them on the LPGA Tour. Stenson's 20 under tied the all-time lowest score (in relation to par) at a major set by Jason Day at last year’s PGA Championship. Mickelson would have won all but four previous British Opens with his 17 under. He finished 11 shots ahead of third place and that gap is the biggest between second and third place ever at a major. For comparison, nobody has won the British Open by 11 or more strokes since 1870. Mickelson would have won the eight other British Opens held at Royal Troon by a minimum of five strokes. It was Mickelson’s 11th runner-up finish in a major, surpassing Arnold Palmer for second on the all-time list (Jack Nicklaus has 19).

Stenson's Sunday has to go down on the short list of greatest rounds in golf history. His overall performance does. The rest of the field averaged a finishing score of 9 over. So that's 29 shots better. That ties the major championship record set by Tiger Woods in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he finished 12 under and the field 17 over.

My pick last week was Aussie Adam Scott -- he was a disappointing T43 -- and I also recommended the prop of Scott, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Mickelson against the field. I did get Sergio at +225 for a Top-10 finish but missed out on Scott, Jason Day (T22) and Jordan Spieth (T30).

This week the PGA Tour stays outside the United States and visits Glen Abbey Country Club in Oakville, Ontario, for the Canadian Open. As you would expect, most big names are not flying back across the pond to tee it up this week, but world No. 1 and defending champion Day and No. 2 Dustin Johnson are. I remember being shocked Day played last year after finishing just one shot out of a playoff at the British Open as he chased that first major. He shot a final-round 4-under 68 last year at Glen Abbey to finish at 17 under and beat out Bubba Watson by a shot. Canadian David Hearn entered the final round with a two-shot lead and still was tied with two holes to play but couldn't keep pace with Day. No Canadian has won his national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Tim Clark did in 2014 and his wife is Canadian if that counts! A total of 12 Canadians are set to play this week. Five of this tournament's past six winners have come from behind on Sunday. The last guy to repeat here was Jim Furyk in 2007.

Golf Odds: Canadian Open Favorites

Day and Johnson are each +500 on Bovada to win. Day never broke 70 last week at Royal Troon and finished T22. Prior to last year, he hadn't played this tournament since 2009 and was 52nd then. Johnson was T9 last week at the British Open. He was second here in 2013.

Matt Kuchar is at +1600 with Brandt Snedeker at +2200 and Furyk at +2500. Kuchar has struggled in the past two majors but not been worse than T6 in his past five non-major events. He has four Top-7 finishes here this decade, including a runner-up three years ago. Snedeker won this event in 2013 but hasn't been playing great of late. Furyk has those two wins here and was fourth last year and second in 2014.

Golf Odds: Canadian Open Picks

For a Top-10 finish, go with Day (-200), Kuchar (+130) and Furyk (+175). Head-to-head, I like Day (-115) over Johnson (-115), Kuchar (-130) over Snedeker (even), Furyk (-150) over Emiliano Grillo (+115), Tony Finau (-135) over Charley Hoffman (+105), Hearn (-125) over Bryson DeChambeau (-105), and Jimmy Walker (-120) over Colt Knost (-110).

While Day and Johnson are the two best players clearly in the field, they might be more focused on next week's PGA Championship. It is a coin flip between Kuchar and Furyk, but at the end of the day I’ll throw my weight behind Furyk. I'll throw a few longer-shot bucks on Hearn at +5500 as well to end that Canadian drought after coming so close in 2015.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:05 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open


Ok gang had overall winner in my league last week with Stenson who propelled me to win last week. Yahoo league requires 8 golfers so again this week hopefully the overall winner is in this list,but if not i'll give some others to think about:

Day (now i know i never if all pick last years champ,but making exception here.read interview from past were he likes this tourrney, RBC sponsored,and can't wait to defend his title.also on a mission to keep #1 ranking.

Dustin Johnston (had Finau in this spot but I got enough starts rest of the way with DJ).

Hadwin (played here good last year probably hottest Canadian golfer,and also RBC sponsored).

C Hoffman ( eh! just because).

Snedecker (good record here RBC sponsored)

Furyk (another good record here, RBC sponsored).

Summerhays (had Kuch here,but only 5 starts left want to hold starts.also think Summerhays might be great darky horse here).

Grillo (this was tuff,but he played here good last year,and playing good right now this year).

notice i got five players sponsored by the RBC.now their are others,but these are the ones i feel will hold the fort.now golfers I like,but left off list of 8.

R Palmer
D Lee
J Rahm
J Blixt

gltall! Hat tip
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

gang put in Summerhays for Kuch.though still like Kuch,but for fantasy reasons I replaced him so final lineup:

Day,DJ,Hadwin,Hoffman,Sned,Summerhays,Grillo,and Furyk

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:43 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

POI good luck this week on your fantasy team!!!
and nice job last week also....I read bunch on this tourney in your thread & at PGA site...I like few guys you took also & Took Canada guy my boy DeLaet way over due to win....

here my guys I bet:::::

Dustin +525
Jim Furyk +2400
Emiliano Grillo +3200
Graham DeLaet +5400

thought about Palmer +4800 & Day+450,,,but said fukit

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:49 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

aloha lets get um my brother! Hat tip
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:08 am    Post subject: Re: RBC Canadian Open

dam Hoffman got sick just before start.oh well not the only in our league who picked him,but i started him.only had 3 guys instead of 4 today.missed 12 pts if would have started furyk.uphill climb rest of tourney now 4 me.
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