2013 RBC Canadian Open Picks + Predictions Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week

The PGA Tour returns from its annual visit across the pond to head North of the border to Oakville, Ontario, site of this week’s RBC Canadian Open.  This year’s event is being held at Glen Abbey Golf Club (first time since ’09), the 26th time Ms. Abbey has hosted the National Open (most among all courses that have hosted the tourney).

Ms. Abbey is a Jack Nicklaus design (one of his earliest actually), a classic track with tree-lined fairways, elevation changes and dime-sized greens averaging a minuscule 4,000 square feet.  Overall the course plays to a total yardage of 7,253 yards and a par 72 (was formerly a par 71 until they reverted hole 16 back to a par 5).

As you might expect, a good percentage of the field is still on its British Open hangover, but with notables like Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els and others teeing it up, it’s sure to be a fun week of golf, eh?

Now, onto some picks:

LOCKZILLAS: (Last week: Kuchar t-15th, Tiger t-6th)

Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker
– Despite a randomly horrendous yikes-have-to-look-away-from-the-tv putting streak on Friday at Muirfield that included a 4-putt and multiple missed short putts that added up to a 79 for round 2, Sneds still roared back to place t-11th for the week for his third straight top 20 finish on Tour.  Sneds also finished t-5th the last time the Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey (’09), so couple the hot hand with some good experiences here and we have a definite lockzilla pick this week.

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– Kuch finished a very cozy and quiet t-15th at Muirfield last week and continues to play solid and steady golf this season (what else is new? So Kuchar-like).  Definitely liking Kuch to plod his way into contention again this weekend.

SEMI-FLIERS: (Last week: Donald MC, Lowry t-32nd)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– Graham struggled at Muirfield last week in finishing 83rd, but nevertheless has been a top 25 machine all season on Tour and is a surefire pick to be on the weekend leaderboard in his country’s home Open.

Chris Stroud
Chris Stroud
– Somehow Stroud is still going overlooked by many even after his playoff loss at the Travelers Championship just a few weeks back.  All Stroud did was follow that up with a t-28th at Congressional and then a t-9th at the Sanderson Farms tourney last week.  Clearly grooving it both mentally and with his swing, a definite must pick this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUSTS: (Last week: Rory MC, Graeme t-58th)

Ernie Els
Ernie Els
– The Big Easy finished a disappointing t-26th last week at Muirfield in his title defense times two (won British last year and also the last time it was played at Muirfield).  Has a sponsorship from RBC, sponsor of this week’s event, so have to believe that the 43-year-old is purely playing here only to satisfy RBC’s demands.  I believe Ernie is a tired and gassed big man that will snooze through the week. #MC

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– MC, t-44th and MC his past three events with both MC’s coming at majors, Furyk is running out of steam quickly on the 2013 season in which his last top ten was the week before the Masters.  Stay away from Jimbo this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK: (Last week: Siem MC)

David Hearn
David Hearn
– This Canuck lost in a playoff at the John Deere Classic just two weeks ago to Jordan Spieth, and was just a horseshoed 5-footer away from his first PGA Tour title.  This is his 11th appearance in his National Open and even with relatively little success, I’ll take the hot hand to play some inspirational golf in front of his home crowd this week.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

Comments

  1. Wow – am surprised how many that played in the Open last week are playing this week, eh?

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