Across the world we go as golf’s international swing continues to close the month of July. Our focus now shifts to the RBC Canadian Open, which will be held at Glen Abbey in Ontario.
Glen Abbey was the first course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and it has hosted Canada’s national championship 28 times. It’s a beautiful track that, like many on the PGA Tour, finds itself vulnerable when it comes to short par-5s. Accuracy off the tee will also be huge this week as Glen Abbey boasts some tight fairways that can get you into trouble if you aren’t careful.
Jhonattan Vegas was able to take advantage of the easy par-5s a year ago to capture the Canadian Open crown, and he will look to become the event’s first back-to-back winner since Jim Furyk did so in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Below, we take a look at five picks you may want to avoid this week in our PGA Pick ‘Em Contest.
Brandt Snedeker (22/1): He’s a popular choice in a weaker field, but there are a few reasons to fade the man who currently sits at No. 35 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Snedeker is coming off a rib-related injury and hasn’t played competitively in over a month. He also only has one top 10 finish since the start of April, which explains his fall to the mid-30s.
He has seen success at this event in the past, but there are one too many red flags for us to be confident in rolling with Snedeker this week.
Tony Finau (25/1): Finau seems to be a sexy pick and he enters the week with the fifth-best odds in the field. Still, consistency has been in short supply for the Utah native as of late.
He has just one top 10 finish in his last eight starts and that came against a bad field at the Greenbrier. Finau has also struggled at this tournament in the past, including a 70th-place finish a year ago.
With just one career victory on tour, it seems unlikely that this is the week he wins for a second time.
Bubba Watson (28/1): With just one top-25 finish since the Hawaiian swing to start the year, Watson has received more attention from arguing with his caddy (#PrayForTedScott) and complaining about his neon green-colored balls than actual accomplishments.
With that said, if anyone is due for a good four rounds, it’s Bubba. It is just tough too tough to predict when that stretch might come.
Danny Lee (40/1): If golf exhaustion is real, Lee might be suffering from it soon. The Kiwi has played in 26 events this season, and that number would be even higher if he wasn’t left out of The Open last week as the first alternate.
His 40/1 odds do carry some value, but his last three results at the Canadian (32/34/MC) leave us confident that he won’t be holding the trophy at the end of the week.
Adam Hadwin (70/1): Canadians are always popular picks for this event and Hadwin has received some buzz this week because of it. But the Great White North hasn’t produced a winner here since Pat Fletcher took the title in 1954, and the odds don’t look good for that streak to end any time soon.
The Moose Jaw native is coming off back-to-back missed cuts, and he finished 49th in this event last year.
Our pick to win: Charley Hoffman (22/1)
Our darkhorse: Robert Garrigus (90/1)