Fantasy PGA Preview: RBC Canadian Open

Well ladies and gentlemen I am back!!!!! After a month of visiting family and friends back in Australia I am ready to get back into the Grind. A part of me wanted to write some articles, but with no research time they would have been stabs in the dark. I also wanted to do a Grinderslive show, lucky for me I didn’t try, as during Dan and StlCards show my connection was dropping in and out. It was nice to scale back on DFS as well. And with the departure of Draftstreet, I’ll be taking my time to get accustomed to DraftKings scoring rules as I was not as familiar with their golf as I was with Draftstreet.

I won’t be doing any recaps as my last article was the US Open. Plus I am pretty jet-lagged.

RBC Canadian Open

The Canadian Open has one of the worst slots on the PGA Tours season. Right after the British Open, right before the WGC Bridgestone, with the PGA Championship the following week. Most of the top talent is not going to waste their time heading to Canada after playing in the UK the week prior. Luckily for the Canadian Open, next year the Quicken Loans tournament will be in this slot.

Though this is Canada’s open, a Canadian has not won it since 1954. Maybe one is due, eh?

The Course

We head the the Royal Montreal Golf Club (Blue Course) in Ile-Bizard, Quebec. It is a par 70 course that runs 7,153 yards long.

There are 89 bunkers and water on 6 holes. In 2001 (the last time the Canadian Open was played here) it was the 8th hardest course that year. Finding fairways will be the key to this older, more traditional course.


The obvious play at this tournament is Jim Furyk so I won’t do a write about him. I will try and give other options to choose from. There are a lot of players coming off missed cuts so this will be a tough one to predict.

Graeme McDowell flag northern ireland $9,700
Like I said above the obvious play this week is Jim Furyk, but the player with the best form entering this tournament is Graeme McDowell. Three straight top 10’s (including a win at the French Open). One of the most accurate drivers of the ball on Tour (17th), the best putter (1st) and if he misses a green in regulation he is the (31st best) at scrambling. If people are loading up on Furyk then McDowell could be a great counter.
Charl Schwartzel $9,600
My second pick is everybody’s favourite wart, Charl Schwartzel. He has recorded two top 10’s in his last 3 events. He has the 10th best average finishing position in this field at the Canadian Open. I am not looking at the history for this course, but how he backs up the flight from the UK the week prior. Charl is 27th in total driving and 45th in scrambling. In this field those rankings are near the top.
David Hearn $8,500
Not much has changed since the last time I wrote about David Hearn. His consistent play has been rewarded with his first ever ranking inside the top 100 golfers in the world. When selecting a team for the Canadian Open you really ought to have a Canadian, so my top Canadian this week is David Hearn. He has made the cut at the Canadian Open 6 of his last 7 trips so playing at home these days seems to suit him.
Scott Brown $7,700
Scott Brown did not make the trip to the British Open. Well-rested and a shorter flight than those listed above, Brown is coming off a 5th at the John Deere Classic. If you go back to his breakthrough win in 2013, Brown has failed to miss the cut after a top 10 finish just once and that was at the Fry’s earlier this season. In fact his record of backing up a top 10 finish with an another solid finish is pretty good. Nice value for 7,7K.
Stewart Cink $7,500
With only two missed cuts all year. He won’t carry your team but he rarely hurts it either. He is almost the ultimate cash game player. Never costing too much and he keeps the scoreboard ticking over. His stats indicate he shouldn’t be making cuts, but he is 6th on tour at consecutive cuts made. There is not much else to say other than Cink helps keep your team a float.

Super Sleeper

Hudson Swafford $5,000
Have you ever seen that Bridgestone commercial with Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples where they tee off the ball with their cars and knock it in the hole? Have ever wondered “who is that third guy?” Well let me introduce you to Mr. Hudson Swafford. His stats in total driving (10th) and ball striking (6th) are great for this course. He is 19th in greens in regulation but the flat stick is what lets him down (123rd in putting). Since the greens are small I put less of a premium on putting so that is is okay. Though coming off a missed cut (very common in this field) his last 4 events has been the most consistent since joining the PGA Tour. If he can get you a 50th or above you are doing well.

About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.


  • atfrost

    • Blogger of the Month

    In terms of a pure GPP lineup, would you ever put a minimum priced Canadian amateur playing in this tournament in your lineup so that you could fit D. Johnson, J. Furyk, and M. Kuchar into your lineup?

  • gibbathy

    2014 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year

    • Blogger of the Month

    Frost – its a big risk. This whole season the big names have faded away at times.

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