RBC Canadian Open: July 26 – 29
Throw away your kilt and grab hold of your bacon and syrup, we’re headed to Canada this week for a little pitch and putt at the RBC Canadian Open. The Canadian Open was first played in 1904, the same year Phil Mickelson made his PGA tour debut. Phil is sitting out this week after a subpar (no pun intended) performance last week. But last years’ winner, Jhonattan Vegas is well rested, priced moderately and willing to gamble on himself to take down the contest in consecutive years. He’s had an extra couple days to practice, as he departed Scotland early after missing the cut with a +8 scorecard. The 9.3 FD points he accrued were sure to keep you shy of cashing, had you been silly enough to roster the guy in a Major event. As they say on the streets, what happens in Canada, stays in Canada, and I am a believer in punting Jhonattan Vegas this week. Here’s a look at who else should be considered as we take our clubs north of the border.
Dustin Johnson ($12,500) will not miss the cut ever again. Bold call, eh? After his embarrassing play last week at #TheOpen, he has sworn in with the Canadian guards to defeat his enemies, avoid sand dunes and attack all greens with a vengeance. If there’s anyone who can tackle that pigeon, it’s the great one, Dustin Johnson. Prior to last weeks’ debacle, Dustin is coming off 3rd, 1st, 8th place finishes in his previous 3 contests. He sent everyone packing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in early June with a win and 128.5 FD pts. He’ll compete for the win again this week, so dial up projections for the American to dominate in Canada.
Tommy Fleetwood Mac and Cheese ($12,000) is priced like Steph Curry vs. the Kings this week, but that’s for good reason. As a focal point on the Euro tour, Tommy has strung together 3 consecutive strong finishes on the PGA Tour, 12th (The Open), 2nd (US Open), and 7th (The PLAYERS). Tommy sure does step up his game for major tournaments. While the RBC Canadian Open doesn’t carry us much baggage as Stevie Nicks, Tommy Fleetwood Mac and Cheese is pegged for a strong outing this week. You can be comfortably numb and rely on TFMC to make the cut this week and give you a cheesy 70+ FD points. Not to mention, anyone with a name that could be featured as a Wheel of Fortune “Before & After” puzzle is worth a large bucket of golf balls any day.
Joaquin Niemann ($11,000) will return to the tour this week after a strong outing in the John Deere Classic where he tied together 4 rounds of subpar (pun intended) scores (-2, -2, -3, -6) for a 23rd place finish, and 94.6 FD points. Prior to that, Joaquin Phoenix Niemann nailed a Top 5 performance at the Greenbrier. The 19 year old, who looks like he’s 12 years old, is dialed in and ready to bring his Chile self to Canada for some competitive golf, eh. Niemann was the 2017 Amateur of the Year recipient, which garnered him eligibility for many PGA events this year. Niemann is taking full advantage of his rookie season to produce quality golf swings and show the world that he is a force to be reckoned with.
Other options: Tony Finau ($12,100), Chris Kirk ($10,100)
Top Tier Fades: Segio Garcia ($11,200), Ian Poulter ($10,400)
Joel Dahmen ($9,400) is hot as toast right now and ready to smoke a Canadian roast this week, following a 15th place finish at the Barbasol Championship last week. Joel shaved after shooting 16 under par and now he knocks on the door of Canada, ready to continue the streak of birdies. The 30 year old hails for Clarkston, Washington, which is basically Canada – so he’ll have a bit of home-court advantage on his side as the northerner looks for his 3rd career professional win. Dahmen has been a frequent participant in the PGA Tour Canada for the past couple of years before he officially joined the PGA tour, so again the home-court advantage helps the basically-Canadian golfer. Priced moderately at $9,400, you can lock Dahmen into your lineups this week as a sure bet to make the cut and contend for a top 20 finish.
Harold Varner III ($9,000) shot incredibly well to start off the month of July with a 5th place finish at the Greenbrier and a 6th place finish the following week at the John Deere Classic. Both performances locked him in to over 100 FD points and I will look to HV3 again this week to give us triple digits. Harold sports the Jumpman logo on his golf attire, which gives him an extra boost of mojo as a rep for the brand that only Mike could lead. Varner, a graduate of East Carolina University, will bring his Carolina roots north of the border this week to take guard at the RBC Canadian Open. With confidence, dunk HV3 into your lineups this week, as the Akron, Ohio native will compete this week with the top tier pros and earn another giant check.
Troy Merritt ($8,900) is coming off a huge win at the Barbasol Championship last week. Ride this guy while the flames are lit. His putter was literally on fire for the entire weekend and I fully expect the heat to carry up north as Merritt looks to string together back to back wins for the 1st time in his professional career. The 149.7 FD points he secured last week are among the best DFS performances in the history of PGA DFS. As I said, ride the flame while it’s lit.
Other options: Keith Mitchell ($9,200), Kevin Tway ($9,100)
This is where we dig for our value plays. I’ll toss around a few names to mix into your lineups that leave you with the cash to play a couple top tiered studs. I’ll leave out the chatter here, as there’s not much to say other than we’re digging for value and that you should be like every Sixers fan and Trust the Process.
Jhonattan Vegas ($8,700)
Bronson Burgoon ($8,500)
Tyler Duncan ($8,400)
Stephen Jaegar ($7,800)
Norman Xiong ($7,400)
As they say in French: Obtenir la balle dans le trou.
Thank me later!