2014 RBC Canadian Open Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #Eh?

The PGA Tour returns from its annual trip across the pond to Royal Montreal Golf Club, site of this week’s RBC Canadian Open.  The Royal Montreal course plays host for the 10th time, as the tourney travels around the country from year-to-year (much like it’s big brother- the British Open). 

Royal Montreal GC was originally designed by Dick Wilson in 1959, but more importantly was renovated by Rees Jones for the Presidents Cup back in 2007.  It’s a par 70 track measuring 7,153 yards with teeny-tiny greens averaging just 5,000 square feet, meaning that scrambling will be of the utmost importance to scoring well this week.

A “just ok” week for my picks at the British Open, as Adam Scott (t-5th) and my Semi-Flier Stephen Gallacher were solid (t-15th), but even though they made the cut, Sneds (t-58th) and Casey (t-47th) let me down overall.  Also, my Hosel-Rocket BUST pick of the week Brian Harman squeaked through right on the cut line, then put together a solid weekend to finish t-26th overall.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Scott t-5th, Sneds t-58th)

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– Has there ever been a quieter solo 4th place finish at the British Open?  Maybe so, but with everyone focused on Rory, Rickie and Sergio, Jimbo’s 13-under-par effort definitely was a sneaky solid finish.  Jump forward to the Canadian Open this week where Furyk is a two-time champ and the event’s all-time leader in earnings and hits 13 of 14 fairways while he’s counting sheep.  Jimbo is the biggest top 10 lock in the field this week.

Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman
– His t-67th at last week’s British won’t woo too many followers, but with twelve consecutive cuts made, and a t-3rd in his prior start at Congressional, he’s clearly in prime form at the moment.  Yes this tourney rotates from course to course each year, but with a t-16th here last year and a t-4th in ’10, he definitely will enter this week with some added confidence.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Gallacher t-15th)

Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt
– Straight from the perennial sleeper department, BVP has been playing some solid golf of late again this summer.  Bo finished t-7th at the John Deere Classic in his last start, which was his seventh straight made cut.  Just like I mentioned in my Charley Hoffman pick, this tourney does rotate from course to course each year, but with finishes of t-7th in ’12 and t-6th in ’11 BVP clearly will have some great vibes flowing this week knowing that he is both playing well and has some solid finishes at this tourney.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last Week: Harman t-26th)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
– What was a fighter’s chance at winning his first major heading into the weekend quickly became an afterthought as DJ followed his sizzling Friday 65 with a 71-72 weekend, ultimately finishing t-12th.  When you look back at it, it was really just one hot round that got him all that attention last week in the first place, and I can’t think of a more perfect letdown spot this week, as this course with its tight fairways and dime-sized greens, along with the travel back across the pond will have Dustin all out of sorts.  Stay away from Mr Paulina Gretzky this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Casey t-47th)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– Naturally, I’m going with a Canuck in this spot this week.  David Hearn has been playing some solid golf this season, but make no mistake about it- Graham is Canada’s most talented stick these days.  He has yet to notch anything in the victory column, but it’s only a matter of time.  I’m going to leave it right there and just tell you that Graham DeLaet is my Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

 

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