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RBC Golf Preview and Picks
by Matt Fargo - 07/24/2013
We follow up an exciting Open Championship, with Phil Mickelson taking home the Claret Jug after a Sunday for the ages, with the RBC Canadian Open this week from Oakville, Ontario. This is always one of the more difficult tournaments on tour to breakdown because of the constant venue changes. The Canadian Open has been around for over a century and in that span, 37 different courses have played host. This year it returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club for the 26th time.
Glen Abbey is a par 72, 7,253-yard track that is considered one of the easier courses of the rotation. It has not hosted the Canadian Open since 2009 when Nathan Green won in a playoff over Retief Goosen after scores of -18. The year before, Glen Abbey also hosted and it was Chez Reavie that took home the championship with a -17, three shots clear of Billy Mayfair. Those results show that players can go low here so we will see plenty of pin hunting this week.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the RBC Canadian Open has followed the Open Championship and that is certainly a tough draw. As with any event following a major, the field is lacking in star power as only four players from the top 10 of the FedEx Cup Standings are teeing it up this week. That makes for a pretty wide open tournament and it heightened by the fact that not many players in the field have stepped foot on this track before.
Brandt Snedeker (+1,200) is the favorite this week following his third straight top 20 at Muirfield last week. After a blazing start to the season with four top fives in his first five starts, he has cooled off with none over his last 10 starts but he brings experience to the table this week. He finished T5 at Glen Abbey in 2009 as he had the best score in the field over the final three days after opening with a 73.
Grinding it out at the Open Championship makes it tough on some to keep focused the following week but Luke Donald (+2,000) does not have to worry about that. He missed the cut by four shots at Muirfield so he has some added rest for this week. He is having a solid season with three top tens and has finished 25th or better in eight of ten starts. His score of 10 under was good for a T24 here back in 2009.
It is hard to look past Canadian Graeme DeLaet (+2,500). He is coming off a subpar showing at the Open Championship but prior to that, he posted seven straight top 30 finishes including three top tens. His best finish is a solo third at the Travelers and while he finished T46 here back in 2009, I consider that pretty solid at that was his only PGA Tour start that year. He will be the partisan favorite this week.
Billy Horschel (+3,000) has missed only two cuts this season and both were at Majors (if you count the PLAYERS a Major) so he will be around for the weekend here. Overall, he has seven top tens and while none have come in his last three starts, he could be poised to better playing leading up to the playoffs. This is his first start at Glenn Abbey but it should fit him well as he is second on tour with 302 birdies.
For a longshot, we will go with Jerry Kelly (+6,000). After a slow start, he has just one missed cut in his last nine starts and he is coming off a T4 in his last even at the John Deere Classic. That was his second top five of the season, his other being a solo fifth at the RBC Heritage. He played at Glen Abbey in 2004, 2008 and 2009 and he was solid with a T5, T37 and a T5 respectively.
Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at The RBC Canadian Open (all for One Unit)
Brandt Snedeker (+1,200)
Luke Donald (+2,000)
Graeme DeLaet (+2,500)
Billy Horschel (+3,000)
Jerry Kelly (+6,000)
2012 Record to date after 36 events: +51.6 Units
2013 Record to date after 28 events: -45.4 Units
Hyundai Tournament of Champions -5 Units
Sony Open in Hawaii -5 Units
Humana Challenge - 5 Units
Farmer Insurance Open +3.5 Units
Waste Management Phoenix Open +19 Units
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -5 Units
Northern Trust Open -5 Units
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship +25.66 units
The Honda Classic -5 Units
WGC-Cadillac Championship -5 Units
Tampa Bay Championship -5 Units
Arnold Palmer Invitational -1.5 Units
Shell Houston Open -5 Units
The Masters -8 Units
RBC Heritage +27 Units
Zurich Classic of New Orleans -5 Units
The Wells Fargo Championship -5 Units
THE PLAYERS Championship -5 Units
HP Byron Nelson Championship -5 Units
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial -5 Units
Memorial Tournament -5 Units
FedEx St. Jude Classic -5 Units
U.S. Open -6 Units
Travelers Championship -5 Units
AT&T National -5 Units
Greenbrier Classic -5 Units
John Deere Classic -5 Units
Open Championship -5 Units