2017 RBC Canadian Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After the wild finale across the pond at Royal Birkdale, 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 Jhonattan Vegas’ win last year, Abbey GC is playing host to the Canadian Open for the 29th time.  Recall that prior to last year’s tourney that some of the greens were poa annua and others were bentgrass, and that all putting surfaces were switched to the latter.  One extra year of life should allow for them to lessen up on the firmness, but they remain 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 Birkdale 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 (including 3 par 5s in the last 6 holes), the course is ripe for the taking.

My picks last week at the British Open were straight cash homey, as all 3 made the cut and my Semi-Flier Matt Kuchar finished runner-up to the magician Jordan Spieth.  I also spot on nailed flavor-of-the-week Padraig Harrington as my Hosel-Rocket BUST as he missed the cut (FYI- I’m on a major BUST heater lately).

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Rickie t-22nd)

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– After a slew of missed cuts early in the season, ‘ol Jimbo has found some form of late, going t-23rd, t-26th and t-35th in his past 3 starts.  It’s a bomber’s course, yes, but all the 47-year-old has to say about that is 13th, 4th and t-9th his past 3 appearances here.  Also, don’t think that he took not being eligible for last week’s British Open lightly, as that’s some extra motivation for him to play well this week.  Roster up on some Jimbo this week and thank me later.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Kuchar 2nd)

Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
– After his family tragedy earlier this season, Gary has slowly began to round back into form, making six straight cuts, including a t-70th at the British Open last week.  Eventually he’ll get back to putting 4 rounds together and while I don’t see him contending for a win quite yet, I do expect him to notch his first top 20 finish since the Honda Classic in February, at a venue that should fit him well.

Also adding Jason Kokrak as a second Semi-Flier this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Padraig MC)

Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman
– This lucky duck nearly hit his first tee ball OB on Thursday at last week’s British Open, then walked off the hole carding an eagle two.  I kid because it was a crazy good second shot (which he didn’t even see go in), but I also joke because I’ll be the only one laughing on Friday night after he misses his first cut since April.  I’ve been sizzlin’ in this BUST spot the past several weeks (Padraig last week at the British, Danny Lee at the John Deere, Lingmerth at the Greenbrier, Hurley III Quicken Loans).  Stay away from Chuckles this week and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Sullivan t-70th)

Morgan Hoffmann
Morgan Hoffmann
– No, I didn’t flip flop these Hoffman(n)s around on accident.  Morgan missed the cut here each of the past two years and finished t-52nd in ’13, which is certainly nothing to write home about.  But, he’s been wavering around solid form for months now, going back to his t-2nd at the Honda Classic in February, along with 3 t-12 finishes since, most recently including the John Deere Classic two weeks ago.  I pegged him in this same spot last year and he failed me, but I’m doubling down and am expecting big things this week from the career underachiever (thus far).


Joel Harrington

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