2015 RBC Canadian Open Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #IsitThursdayyetEh?

The PGA Tour returns from the British Open to this side of the pond- but not stateside quite yet- as this week’s event is the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, just a little southwest of Toronto. 

Glen Abbey GC is playing its role as host for the 27th time, something it last did in 2013 when Brandt Snedeker emerged victorious (note- Sneds had to WD this week due to a recurring hip injury).  Several of the greens have been converted to bentgrass, with the remaining others scheduled to be switched from poa annua to bentgrass later this fall.  Overall, the greens are rather tiny- 5,600 square feet on average- so no doubt that it’ll be a big change in visuals, playability and pace for those players whom played St Andrews last week.

An interesting week for my picks last week at the British Open, as Lockzilla Adam Scott was tied for the lead at 15-under par midway through the back 9 on Monday and poof, he decided to play his final 5 holes in +5 and wildly fade all the way back to t-10th.  Lockzilla Brooks Koepka (t-10th) and BOLD play of the week Luke Donald (t-12th) had nice showings, but Semi-Flier Tommy Fleetwood missed the cut by one stroke and I again missed the mark with my BUST pick of the week (Rose t-6th).

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

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Adam t-10th, Koepka t-10th)

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– His t-58th at the British Open may not look good on paper, but considering that Kuch was a whopping +8 on holes 16 and 17 for the week and it makes his total final score of -3 not seem too shabby.  He hasn’t been very Kuch-like of late, as his t-12th at the U.S. Open is his only top 25 since his solo 5th place finish at the RBC Heritage way back in April; however, I like the fact that he finished t-2nd in the Canadian Open’s last edition at Glen Abbey back in 2013 and expect him to contend again this week.

Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
– Here’s your high level talent that will go highly overlooked this week.  Following his t-35th at the John Deere Classic, Stricker was so frustrated with his poor putting that he vowed not to play again until he fixed it.  Well, just two weeks later here he is in the field again at a venue where he’s never had any success.  I specifically note that last part because it tells me something that when a man who is drastically cutting back on his schedule to spend more time with family commits to a tourney North of the border just two weeks after making some strong comments regarding his game.  So, simply a strong gut feeling here that Stricker finally has a good week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Fleetwood MC)

Greg Owen
Greg Owen
– 2nd, MC, t-6th and t-20th.  Yep, those are the results of 43-year-old Englishman Greg Owen.  He’s never been a model of consistency during his career, but those finishes are nothing to sneeze at, with that most recent t-20th coming at last week’s British Open. Add in that Owen finished t-12th at Glen Abbey in 2013 and he makes for a solid under-the-radar play this week…even though you know, he’s Greg Owen.

**Bonus Pick- Martin Laird

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Rose t-6th)

Fabian Gomez
Fabian Gomez– Following his break through victory at the FedEx St Jude Classic, Gomez predictably missed the cut in his next two events at the Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic.  It’s a little silly to me how highly priced he remains in DFS, just because he won one tournament doesn’t mean that he’s capable of contending each week.  Expect that MC streak to continue.


Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan
– Unfinished business.  Yep, Hunter said it himself, after WD’ing as the leader at the halfway mark in 2013 at Glen Abbey to fly home to be with his birthing wife.  His form of late has been choppy at best, as the last time his game made any positive noise was back at the Masters in April when he finished t-9th.  But, we all know of his past successes and likely eventual return to more consistent form, plus throw in the emotional jolt of the unfinished business aspect and boom, time for Hunter to get back on track this week.


Joel Harrington

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