Fresh off a thrilling British Open, the PGA Tour heads to Canada and Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario for that counrty's national Open golf championship.
The RBC Canadian Open is one of the oldest events in golf, and for many years was regarded as a very high profile national Open. With it now positioned on the schedule to follow The Open Championship (British Open) and coming only a few weeks before The PGA Championship, many of the top players in the world opt to take the week off. Just six of the Top 50 players in the world are in Oakville, Ontario, where Glen Abbey Golf Club will host The Canadian Open for the 29th time. Glen Abbey is a Jack Nicklaus design, opening in 1976 and the first course The Golden Bear ever designed entirely on his own. It is one of the most famous golf courses in all of Canada, a par 72 that stretches to nearly 7,300 yards.
The fairways at Glen Abbey are of average width and the bentgrass greens are on the smaller side. Hitting greens in regulation will go a long way toward winning this week, and distance off of the tee has typically proven to be a bigger advantage here over accuracy. The Canadian Open can turn into somewhat of a birdie fest and/or a putting contest. Drive it long, hit greens, hole putts, make birdies. A pretty easy formula that if done often enough at Glen Abbey ought to result in a trophy.
Dustin Johnson (+557 Bookmaker): The Summer of Dustin continues to be fairly vanilla despite a 64 last Saturday at a benign Royal Birkdale. Pretty hot, though, at Glen Abbey as he has finished 2nd in his last two trips.
Matt Kuchar (+1200 Pinnacle): It was a valiant effort by "Kooch" last weekend at The Open Championship in finishing second, but one that hurt in the end and how will he rebound from that? He has finished 2-4-16-4 in his last four starts and 9-7-4-2 in his last four trips to Canada.
Charley Hoffman (+2523 Bookmaker): Hoffman's tremendous season continues as he took 20th at The Open, his best-ever finish in that event. He has two Top 10 finishes in his last four starts and took 7th here in 2015.
Bubba Watson (+3390 Pinnacle): The Open was solid for Bubba. He finished 27th in an event at which he typically struggles and his putting was some of the best in the field. He was 2nd at Glen Abbey in 2015.
Danny Lee (+4000 5Dimes): We've talked before how Lee always seems to shine in many of the smaller summer tournaments. He was forced to WD at The John Deere with shoulder issues, but prior to that he'd collected four Top 10s in seven starts on Tour.
J.B. Holmes (+4500 5Dimes): Quietly playing some pretty darn good golf with a 9th at The Greenbrier and a 12th at The U.S. Open. He hung around all four days at Birkdale to take 54th. In two tries at Glen Abbey, Holmes has finished 79th and 16th.
The Long Shots
Ben Martin (+6600 5Dimes): Like Lee, another guy who has really come around in the warmer months. He's made 10 straight cuts and has recorded two Top 10s in his last four starts. In his first ever visit to Glen Abbey, he was cut here last season.
David Hearn (+8500 5Dimes): There is always a great deal of pressure here on the Canadian players. Hearn missed the cut here last year but was 3rd in 2015. He has two Top 10s and a Top 15 finish in his last six starts.
Ricky Barnes (+13500 5Dimes): Barnes has a Top 15 and a Top 20 in his last four starts and has gone 5th and 11th at Glen Abbey the last two years. Playing pretty well as he's only missed two cuts in the last four months.
Tony Finau (+2624 Bookmaker): The long bomber from Utah had another solid finish at The Open Championship, taking 27th, and has now moved to 29th in the FedEx Cup Rankings. If length off of the tee, hitting greens and making birdies are what it takes at Glen Abbey, Finau has all of that to the tune of some of the best on Tour. He has five Top 10 finishes this season, and despite finishing 70th here last year he was 22nd in his debut in 2015. With a field that is not so sparkling, I believe Finau can shine and the price is pretty nice considering his plethora of talent.