Expert Picks Provided By: Jarod Kieler
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Monday’s finish to the season’s third major was one of the best we have seen. Although Jordan Spieth fell one shot short of a potential grand slam, Zach Johnson won his second career major over Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in the four hole playoff. After the grueling five day Open Championship, many of the top players will be making the long flight across the ocean to Ontario and the Canadian Open. Glen Abbey Golf Course will be hosting the tournament for the 27th time. Bubba Watson headlines the field that includes seven of the top 30 players in the world. The last time the Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey, Brand Snedeker ousted Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Billy McGirt, and Jason Bohn by three strokes.
As you are making your picks this week, be sure to double-check the field to see who has withdrawn. Although there is a charter flight scheduled for Monday night, golfers can still pull out of the event once they have made it across the pond.
1. Jason Day (Tier A): Day will be making his first trip to Glen Abbey since finishing solo 52nd in 2009. Day missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the Open Championship that would have put him into the playoff eventually won by Zach Johnson. Day has top-10s in each of the last two majors.
2. Matt Kuchar (2): Kuchar has seemed to find his game in his last few starts. Heading into St. Andrews, Kuchar shared 12th at the U.S. Open and then tied for 2nd at the Scottish Open. Although the 17th hole did him in, Kuchar still made the cut and shared 58th at the Open Championship. The last time the Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey, Kuchar finished runner-up.
1. Scott Piercy (0): Piercy capped off a nice three tournament stretch with a win at the awful Barbasol Championship last week. Prior to his victory, Piercy tied for 29th at the Greenbrier Championship and shared 14th at the John Deere Classic. The 2012 Canadian Open Champion tied for 52nd when the tournament was last held at Glen Abbey.
2. Kevin Chappell (3): Chappell has made the weekend in each of his last seven events. In his most recent event, Chaps shared 8th at the John Deere Classic. Chappell tied for 68th in his only career trip to Glen Abbey.
1. Tony Finau (1): Although he missed the cut in his most recent start, Finau had carded seven straight top-25 finishes. Finau’s best finish in that run was a share of 8th at the Memorial. Finau will be making his first career appearance the Canadian Open.
2. Will Wilcox (0): Wilcox earned his 2016 PGA Tour card by birdying the 72nd hole of last week’s Barbasol Championship. Wilcox finished solo 2nd finish was his second straight top-10. Wilcox now has six top-25 finishes in his past nine events.
Other Golfers Considered:
Luke Donald (Tier A): Donald has burnt me a few times this year, but he is playing much better of late. After sharing 7th at both the Travelers Championship and Scottish Open, Donald tied for 12th at last week’s Open Championship.
Brooks Koepka (Tier B): Koepka is one of the most talented players in the field and is coming off a 10th place finish at the Open Championship. However, I can only use Brooks one more time and I am leery using him after his long trip and on a course in which he has never played.
Retief Goosen (Tier C): Goosen was in contention at the Open Championship, but a final round 74 dropped him into a tie for 20th. Goosen’s performance was his second top-20 in his last three events. Goosen finished solo 2nd at Glen Abbey in 2009.