And again, the best golf in the world will not be played inside the United States. With Rory McIlroy’s win at The Open Championship now in the rear view mirror, we move toward the greatest championship in ALL OF….Canada.
I’m only joking in my mock of Canadian golf, as the Canadian Open is often a great event with an impressive list of past champions. To me, the Canadian Open epitomizes the gamut of “summer tournaments”. A native of Northern Minnesota myself, the Canadian landscape is a familiar one to me. This tournament always comes the week of a big invitational in my hometown and the temperatures finally begin to approach those customary of “the dog days of August.” Ahhh, summer at last for “us up nort’ dare“.
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This year’s host club– Royal Montreal Golf Club– is hosting the RBC Canadian Open for the 10th time in its history as the “oldest golf club on the continent”. A shorter course, the Royal Montreal Golf Club should benefit some of the perennial “small ball players”.
Last year’s winner Brandt Snedeker will be again in the field to defend his championship while maybe the most memorable moment from 2013 was Hunter Mahan ditching town to attend the birth of his baby– on a 36-hole lead! It was an incredible display of manhood by Mahan. Unfortunately for him, it’s been his last true shot of entering the winners circle.
Let’s dive into picks…
Contender of ‘da Week, eh?
Bold claim here: Jim Furyk is one of the top-5 most consistent players in PGA Tour history. If he’s not, I would love to hear a counter argument, but his performance last week in The Open Championship (as my pick to win it) proves that he’s no where near done with his success on the PGA Tour.
Remember his stretch from mid-March to mid-May? Furyk went on this run–T20, T6, T14, T7, 2, 2. He’s posted top-15s in each major this season.
He’s a two-time champion of this event and is the embodiment of small-ball.
Sleeper O’ Da Week, eh?
He played well his last time out at the John Deere Classic, locking at T5. Sure, he missed two cuts before that, but let’s give the guy some credit for finding his form again. His last time in this event, he finished T15 and is one of the most accurate drivers of the ball on Tour.
He’s 3rd on the Tour in fairways hit. If he can convert this week, he’ll be around on Sunday afternoon.
Your National Champion, ‘Dare!
Only the most loyal of USGolfTV readers will remember the fact that I picked Charl to win last year here. Regardless, his form coming out of Royal Liverpool have me liking the South African again. He’s registered a handful of top-20s over the past few months and his playing this event for the 4th straight year.
A T28 in 2013 and a T9 in 2011 shows comfortability with the event. Look out for him come Sunday, he’s 7th on the Tour in Sunday scoring average. He could make a charge late here and win this thing from behind.
He’s my pick to do so, anyway.