OAD — 109th RBC Canadian Open

There isn’t much time for catching up so keep that in mind if you’re not in the final few groups.

It’s Hockey* Night** in Canada!



2018 Thermometer:

Event Golfer Place $$
Safeway Open Tony Finau 2nd 669,600
CIMB Classic Paul Casey T7 218,166
CJ CUP @ 9 BRIDGES Keegan Bradley T47 23,759
WGC-HSBC Champions Hideki Matsuyama T50 51,875
Sanderson Farms Chesson Hadley T2 464,400
Shriners Patrick Cantlay WIN 1,224,000
OHL Classic Kevin Chappell MC 0
The RSM Classic Charles Howell III MC 0
Sentry TOC Kevin Kisner T17 99,333
Sony Open Brian Harman T4 256,266
CareerBuilder Challenge Jason Dufner T36 27,189
Farmers Insurance Jon Rahm T29 43,872
WMPO Alex Noren T21 80,040
-AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson T2 488,400
Genesis Open Dustin Johnson T16 111,600
Honda Classic Graeme McDowell MC 0
WGC-Mexico Tommy Fleetwood T14 126,500
Valspar Championship Ryan Moore MC 0
Arnold Palmer Tyrell Hatton T69 18,067
WGC-Match Play Patrick Reed T9 163,000
Corales Puntacana Patrick Rodgers T22 27,850
Houston Open Luke List T24 54,162
Masters Jordan Spieth 3rd 748,000
RBC Heritage Cameron Smith T32 35,510
Valero Texas Open Billy Horschel T11 136,400
Zurich Classic Bud Cauley MC 0
Wells Fargo Championship Bryson DeChambeau 4th 369,600


THE PLAYERS Francesco Molinari MC 0
AT&T Byron Nelson Jimmy Walker T6 257,950
Fort Worth Invitational Adam Scott T52 16,472
Memorial Tiger Woods T23 76,985
FESJC Henrik Stenson T26 50,820
US Open Justin Rose T10 270,151
FESJC Xander Schauffele MC 0
Quicken Loans National Kyle Stanley T32 36,841
A Military Tribute Bubba Watson T13 121,632
John Deere Classic Zach Johnson T16 81,366
British Open Rory McIlroy T2 694,250
Barbasol Joel Dahmen T15 54,250
Total Events: 38 Top 10s: 12 MC: 7 $7,151,306

Last week:

There’s NOTHING BETTER than finishing T2 in a major and then splitting it with 3080328 other guys.

Even when I’m good, I’m bad.

I’ve hit the top 10 in each major this season. Doing that and a dollar gets you a dollar.

No winners. No dice. No nothing.

The most shocking revelation last week is how many players got healthy at Carnoustie.

The least shocking part was watching Molinari continue to whip up on everyone in golf. His form was the hottest in the world and not even playing with the great Tiger Woods in the final round could keep him from the Claret Jug.


My Choice: Rory McIlroy – T2

Picks for Leaders: Dustin Johnson – MC, Justin Rose – T2, Sergio Garcia – MC, Tiger Woods – T6

Picks for Chasers: Justin Thomas – MC, Jon Rahm – MC, Patrick Reed -T28, Rickie Fowler -T28

Picks for Dreamers: Tommy Fleetwood – T12, , Ian Poulter – MC, Paul Casey – T51, Francesco Molinari – WIN, ย Alex Noren -T17

Picks for Noses: Phil Mickelson – T24, Henrik Stenson – T35, Jason Day – T17

Six Beers In: Branden Grace – MC, Lee Westwood – T61, Russell Knox – MC, Danny Willett – T24,

Drop-Dead Pick: Dustin Johnson — MC

Barbasol Picks

Brand-new Keene Trace takes up the reigns outside Lexington, Kentucky, for the opposite-field event. As with all new courses not many will have an advantage so I’m looking for heat. Bentgrass on the greens and a wet start to the week should make for plenty of birdies again this week.

My Choice: Joel Dahmen – T15

Picks for Leaders: Billy Horschel – T2, Chris Kirk – T40, Tyler Duncan – T49,

Picks for Chasers: Sebastian Munoz – T34, John Peterson – T21, Sam Ryder – T7

Picks for Dreamers: Scott Brown – T21, James Hahn – MC, Andres Romero – T21

Six Bourbons In: Parker McLachlin – 56th, Tom Lovelady – T2, John Oda – T34


This week:

The trend in Canada points to a proven masher that isn’t afraid to take it low. There haven’t been too many young kids that have factored over the last three events at Glen Abbey Golf Club so be aware.

The only year this track caused anybody a headache was the firm and fast edition of 2016. With soft, scoring conditions, the field widens but the class should rise to the top. I don’t think Jhonattan Vegas will three-peat but I’m not counting him out either.

The big boys are coming back from Scotland. The rank-and-file TOUR pros are coming from a Monday finish in Kentucky. The tour group from Scotland will be happy to make buckets of birdies again while the TOUR group from Kentucky will have to continue to go low. Remember 23-under won last week in soaked Lexington and Michael Kim won the JDC on 27-under.


My Choice: Charley Hoffman

Picks for Leaders: Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar

Picks for Chasers: Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson

Picks for Dreamers: Joaquin Niemann, Brandt Snedeker

Picks for Noses: Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner

Six Molsons In: Tom Lovelady, Billy Horschel, Harold Varner III



My Life

I’m hovering around the top 25 and need to make a move. While Charley Hoffman doesn’t scream “move”, he’s a pro who plays this event annually with plenty of success. My angle is to use him and save a start for a higher-paying event. After this week, there are six tournaments from eight (Barracuda and Wyndham not included) that will have MAXIMUM cash prizes.

I go into plenty of detail in The Confidence Factor, so please read that!

Here’s my tentative plan:

Barracuda Championship: Martin Laird, TBD – old pro/vet

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Schwartzel, Koepka

PGA Championship: First-time venue Bellerive Country Club will suggest a top 10 OWGR player. Jason Day, Koepka and Thomas are obvious choices.

Wyndham Championship: Kevin Na, Ollie Schniederjans

NORTHERN TRUST OPEN: Matt Kuchar will be the only winner in the field at Ridgewood Country Club (2010). He was also T5 in 2014.

Dell Technologies TPC Boston: Rickie Fowler

BMW Championship: Aronomink is the host and Rose (2010) and Nick Watney (2011) are the only two winners on TOUR here (Donald Ross course).

The TOUR Championship: There has never been a repeat champion or anyone who has won multiple FedExCup titles so whoever is left! A rookie won for the first time last year (Schauffele) so it’s not impossible!

Good luck!

History Channeled:

2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)

2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).


Thanks for reading!


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