Fantasy Golf: RBC Canadian Open Recap

07-25-16

Jhonattan Vegas was the first and only player to post 12-under par 276 to win the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club outside Toronto.

There were PLENTY of “almosts” that made for a very interesting Sunday.

Brandt Snedeker was the 54-hole leader.

Dustin Johnson was one shot back.

Matt Kuchar just three.

All that stood between Snedeker and his ninth Tour win in the final pairing was Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.

Game over, right?

Golf is hard, just like fantasy golf.

Snedeker didn’t fire in the final round and wound up T-5, his first top 10 since Augusta.

Johnson didn’t fire until it was too late and not even his eagle-par-birdie finish could force his way into a playoff.

Kuchar posted 69 and DROPPED THREE SPOTS to T-9.

There’s nothing “automatic” in real or fantasy golf. Pressure and paychecks are real and felt even by the best players. If you’re just seeing the leaderboard after a long weekend it looks “normal” but that was hardly the story.

The rest of the top 10 read like a missing persons list:

Jon Rahm, as I’ve told you since his T-5 at WMPO TWO YEARS AGO, is the real deal but he entered the week T-72, T-59 before nearly forcing a playoff. Imagine if he didn’t make two doubles on the week! Big-time ball-striker!

Ricky Barnes hit the top 10 (T-5) for the third time this season and first time in nine events. His three top 10’s are the most since 2010.

Ben Crane’s T-9 is his first top 10 since his victory at the FESJC. In 2014.

 

Reality bites, eh?

 

  • Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn didn’t even seen the weekend yet two amateurs did. One is an NHL linesman (Garrett Rank). Adam Hadwin was the highest finishing pro at T-49. Woof said the dog.
  • Everyone who shot in the 70’s on Sunday dropped mad cash at the peloton roared on by those stuck in neutral. This bunch included Chad Campbell, Cameron Tringale (grrrrr), Brendon de Jonge, Robert Streb and Tyler Aldridge. #FourRounds.
  • Hunter Mahan, wow. If this wasn’t the week to catch a spark (see my preview for more details) I’m not sure what’s left. He’ll be steal in season-long formats next year but isn’t that what we said LAST YEAR at this time???

 

Limping in to Baltusrol

 

  • Matthew Fitzpatrick: Backed up his win at the Nordea Masters with T-54 at Oakmont; next four starts worldwide are MC.
  • Graeme McDowell: Couldn’t piggyback his T-10 at Castle Stuart as he finished T-63 at Royal Troon and 75-76 (MC) this week. Roller Coaster 2016 keeps twisting and turning to the pain of fantasy nerds everywhere.
  • Bryce Molder: First back-to-back MC’s since early March after an excellent run in between.

 

Gathering momentum

 

  • Chris Kirk: Closed 69-67 for another top 25, his 10th in a row.
  • Brian Harman: Closed with 63 to jump into the top 25.
  • George Coetzee: Shook off 77 on Saturday to post 63 on Sunday. #HoldOnAndEnjoyTheRide
  • Roberto Castro: No early exits is eight straight.

 

Stay tuned for my BEEFY preview for the 98th PGA Championship in this space tomorrow afternoon!

 

 

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