2018 RBC Canadian Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After the wild Sunday at Carnoustie, 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’ title defense last year, Abbey GC is playing host to the Canadian Open for the 30th time.  Recall that prior to the 2016 tourney that some of the greens were poa annua and others were bentgrass, and that all putting surfaces were switched to the latter.  Another 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 Carnoustie 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 didn’t come through like I had hoped, as Lockzilla Rickie Fowler fell apart on Saturday en route to a t-28th finish and Semi-Flier Alex Noren was solid most of the week but never totally got it going, ultimately finishing t-17th.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Rickie t-28th)

Joaquin Niemann
Joaquin Niemann
– This 19-year-old Chilean has been playing some sizzlin’ golf of late, going t-8th, t-6th, MC, t-17th, t-5th, t-23rd  in his past 6 PGA Tour starts.  He was striking it mighty well at the JDC, but just couldn’t get a putt to fall on this squishy greens.  After a week off last week, now is the time to pounce as he looks to pick up his first PGA Tour victory.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Noren t-17th)

Byeong Hun An
Byeong Hun An
– Still in search of that maiden PGA Tour victory, but it’s simply inevitable to come sooner than later with the caliber of game this South Korean possesses.  He gave the Memorial a great run in June, before ultimately finishing t-2nd.  He also was in position to make a Sunday run at the British Open last week, entering the day at -3, before ballooning to a 78 and a t-51st finish, which won’t look good on paper but was still a good week overall.  It’s his first appearance at Glen Abbey, but have no fear- An makes for a very solid play this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Kim t-35th)

Jhonattan Vegas
Jhonattan Vegas
– Let’s see- not a single top 10 in a full field event all season and no top 35s in his past 11 starts.  Yep, he was also in similar miserable form coming into this week last year before successfully defending his title, but no chance he completes the trifecta this week.  Stay away and thank me later.

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

Bronson Burgoon
Bronson Burgoon
– It can sometimes be easy to forget certain non-elite players who are playing well the week before a major.  Basically, all of the attention shifts to the top level talent the week of the major and then the week after, the dust settles but the focus remains on the winner and the close contenders.  Well, don’t fall into that trap of forgetting who was in prime form the week prior, as case in point Burgoon is our guy this week.  Burgoon played rock solid all week at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago, only to have Michael Kim have an out of body experience and blow the field away by 8 shots.  Don’t think for a moment that Burgoon’s motivations have waned as the week prior to the JDC he was in contention at the Greenbrier, before a Sunday 74 sent him sailing well down the leaderboard and the week before that he finished a solid t-6th at the Quicken Loans National.  It may not yet be his week to hoist the trophy, but you can bet that Bronson will definitely be making some positive noise come Sunday.  Bronson Burgoon is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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