Three majors down, one to go as the PGA Tour steams into the middle of the summer stretch towards the FedExCup Playoffs and the PGA Championship in two weeks.
This week, the world’s best head north of the boarder to tackle the legendary Glen Abbey Golf Club for the RBC Canadian Open. Each of the last two editions of this event have been won by the same man — but that doesn’t mean this year’s version won’t be a complete craps shoot.
It may not be a major, but the RBC Canadian Open is still a big deal. Few tournaments have the history or list of champions that this event boasts. Couple that with the historic Glen Abbey Golf Club and you’ve got must-see golf TV.
Since 1904, the PGA Tour’s best have battled north of the boarder with names like Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods coming out on top.
So — who takes the title away from Jhonny Vegas? DO They take the title away from Jhonny Vegas? And who will be booking an early flight home? Here’s a look at the players — and the posers — at this week’s RBC Canadian Open:
Tony Finau — Has any player ever been more due for a win than Tony Fianu? Good gracious, the guy has played some great golf lately and just keeps coming up shy. This week, he’s teeing it up at Glen Abbey Golf Club — a bomber’s paradise. And while there are plenty of other big boppers in this week’s field, Finau should rise to the top of the crop.
Matt Kuchar — For the first time since, like, February, Matt Kuchar may just be a viable fantasy option. After exorcising some of the demons from last year’s runner-up in the Open Championship with a T-9 last week, Kuchar heads to an event that he’s collected top-10’s in three of his last four starts. He’s no mortal lock, but certainly worth a look — and should still be fairly cheap in DFS formats.
Joaquin Niemann — He didn’t make the Open last week, so Joaquin Niemann enters this week well-rested. In nine career starts on the PGA Tour, Niemann has six top-25 finishes. It’s time for him to break through — and even if he doesn’t, he’s proven he’s a viable fantasy option thanks to the consistency he’s shown.
Kevin Kisner — I spent most Sunday afternoon marveling at the fact that Kevin Kisner opened with a front-9 40 at Carnoustie and wasn’t out of the tournament until he holed out on 18. This week, his putter keeps him in contention again — perhaps even gets him PGA Tour win No. 3. Kisner is one of the players we’re all waiting for to break out — if he can build on his momentum from last week’s showing at the Open instead of falling into a Kuchar-like slump then this should be a great week for the Kis.
Charley Hoffman — It pains me greatly to put Charley Hoffman on this portion of the list this week, but I can’t help myself. As the world’s biggest Hoffman guy, I want to say he gets it done this week at Glen Abbey — but I know it’s unlikely. Sure, he finished second here last year, but he was in the midst of the hottest stretch of his PGA Tour career. He may contend, but I don’t think he wins — and I think there are plenty of better fantasy options this week.
Dustin Johnson — I get it, DJ is a big name and a big-hitter, but I don’t love him this week at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Johnson missed the cut last week at the Open and, while he hasn’t been bad, he hasn’t exactly been his best in the last couple weeks. I won’t tell you not to start DJ, but I’m not taking the bait. There are plenty of other big names left to anchor your lineups this week.
Jhonattan Vegas — I know, I know. Vegas won the last two RBC Canadian Opens, but he will not be taking home the title a third time At least, not consecutively. Vegas has come in to this event struggling before hoisting the trophy in the past — but this season, his form entering has been exceptionally poor. With 11 consecutive missed cuts entering this week’s action, it’d be a miracle if he contends let alone three-peats.