2016 RBC Canadian Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After arguably the best final round duel in major championship history, the PGA Tour treks back to this side of the pond to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario (just SW of Toronto), for this week’s RBC Canadian Open. 

Following Jason Day’s 17-under 1 stroke triumph last year, Glen Abbey GC is playing host to the Canadian Open for the 28th time.  Since last year’s tourney when some of the greens were poa annua and others were bentgrass, all putting surfaces have been switched to the latter, but still average in the 5,600 square foot range, which is teeny-tiny for PGA Tour standards.  No doubt that it’ll be a stark contrast in visuals as compared to last week’s Open at Royal Troon for those who made the trip, just like it is each year.  And also just like every year, it promises to be a scoring frenzy, as at 7,253 yards with four par 5s, the course is ripe for the taking.

Last week at the British Open, all 3 of my picks made the cut, but other than my Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play on Andy Sullivan finishing a solid t-12th, they were relative disappointments as my Lockzilla Rickie snowmanned his way to a t-46th and Semi-Flier Lee Westwood finished a snoozy t-22nd.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Rickie t-46th)

Tony Finau
Tony Finau
– Let’s see, MASSIVELY long off the tee on a course with four par 5s and bentgrass greens.  Yep, I’m all in on Finau this week.  Simply put, play him and thank me later.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Westwood t-22nd)

Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer
– It may have seemingly been a quiet season from the long-bombing Texan, but all he’s done is consistently make cuts like he always does (15 of 18 so far this season) and recall that he contended as recently as the Colonial in late May (t-3rd).  He’s teed it up at Glen Abbey on several occasions, including both in ’15 and ’13 where he notched t-41st and t-31st finishes respectively.  He put together a solid showing at the British Open last week (t-30th) and with his length and the switch to Bentgrass greens this track should suit him well.  Look for a top 15 finish with winning upside from him this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Rose t-22nd)

Tom Hoge
Tom Hoge
– The Fargo native has been scuffling of late following a solid stretch from earlier in the season, so don’t get lured in by his t-5th finish here last year, as he was in much better form at the time.  Many better options this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Sullivan t-12th)

Morgan Hoffmann
Morgan Hoffmann
– Not going to lie, this is a straight gut play.  Before last week’s t-11th at the Barbasol Championship, Morgan’s last top 25 was (gulp) at the RBC Heritage back in April (t-23rd) and before that was back at the Sony Open in January (t-13th).  But, at 154th in the FedEx Cup Standings, it’s time for him to crank up the intensity in order to keep his card for next season.  Despite no prior success at Glen Abbey, I’m calling for Morgan to make a big splash this week.  Maybe he’ll use his recent nightmare experience with Arhaus as extra motivation.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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