First off, congrats to Jordan Speith on an incredible wire to wire win at Royal Birkdale. That birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run to seal the deal was something else. Take a moment to think about what Spieth has done at just 23 years young. He has the chance to win the Grand Slam as the youngest golfer in history next month at PGA Championship. After the victory, the #SB2k17 crew had some time to celebrate flying across the pond Sunday evening. Thanks for the Snapchats JT, your contributions spent on Saturday & Sunday were very valuable.
Now lets jump the pond and take a look into the Canadian Open hosted just outside of Toronto. The RBC Canadian Open is the third longest standing tournament on tour behind The Open and the U.S. Open. The tournament generally rotates courses so be careful when diving into course history. However, this will be the third year in a row that the tournament will be held at Glen Abbey Golf Course.
Glen Abbey comes in just over 7,250 yards as a Par 72. The course can be attacked by either crushing the ball off the tee and hitting a wedge out of the rough or by accuracy players setting up a preferred angle off the tee for a clear approach shot. The greens are on the smaller side and are played on bentgrass. There are plenty of bunkers and water hazards at Glen Abbey so you can’t be too errant with your shots. The premiere ball strikers have done well here so that is who we will be generally targeting this week.
2016 Jhonattan Vegas
2015 Jason Day
2014 Tim Clark (different course)
2013 Brandt Snedeker
2012 Scott Piercy (different course)
2011 Sean O’Hair (different course)
Besides a chance for a thunderstorm on Thursday, the forecast for golf looks incredible. We will keep you updated on the impact the storm could have once we get closer. As for now, golf conditions look great.
- SG: T2G
- GIR %
- Good Drive %
- Par 4 Scoring
Cash Game Core
*Stats used are from fantasynational.com
Charley Hoffman ($16,400) – I don’t generally pay above 10k for a player in cash games. However, I feel like the 7k range is much deeper than the 8k range on Draftkings. Hoffman is playing some solid golf and finished 7th here last year. In his last 24 rounds, Hoffman ranks 11th in SG:T2G, 5th in SG:OTT, 23rd in BoB%, 20th in Bogeys Avoided, and 21st in GIR.
Tony Finau ($16,200) – Another player making the trek back from across the pond, Finau is playing solid golf and can be used in any format, especially cash where you need him to make it through the cut. In his last 24 rounds, Finau ranks 5th in SG:T2G, 2nd in SG:OTT, 3rd in BoB%, 2nd in Bogey Avoidance, and 12th in GIR%.
Ian Poulter ($15,500) – It is tough to stomach rostering Poulter but his on course antics have seemed to settle a bit. In his last 24 rounds, Poulter ranks 2nd in SG:T2G, 1st in SG: App, 7th in GIR%, and 4th in SG: Par 4 Scoring.
Chad Campbell ($15,000) – Love me some Campbell’s soup this weekend. Campbell ranks 15th in SG: T2G, 27th in SG: App, 10th in Bogey Avoidance, 6th in GIR%, and 11th in SG: Par 4 Scoring. He also has 3 top 26 finishes in his last 4 years here.
Danny Lee ($15,500) – Everyone still remembers his first round withdraw at John Deere Classic and I think that will remain with people this week. He was an alternate at the Open last weekend so I understand his WD after a poor first round, I don’t think there is a serious injury. Lee had 3 top 25 finishes going into JDC and can really score.
Luke List ($12,600) – Man it never feels good typing that name up in articles, the thoughts of Luke List rollercoaster tournaments never seem to leave my head. But we have a weaker field this week and List has big upside and his scoring cannot be ignored. He has 2 top 25 finishes at Glen Abbey so that gives me comfort. He checks the boxes for SG: tee all the way to green.
James Hahn ($13,800) – Priced in the $7k range there are alot of options. Hahn checks the box in SG: T2G, OTT and Approach. Hahn has an 11th and 40th place finish here at Glen Abbey previously. He has been losing strokes putting over his last 36 rounds, I will look for the putting woes to reverse this weekend up in Canada.
Also Consider: Patrick Cantlay, Chez Reavie, Gary Woodland, Ollie Schneiderjans, Stewart Cink