Well that was a tough pill to swallow at the years third major. We ended up selecting Henrik Stenson who finished 2nd and Ian Poulter who finished T3. Phil Mickelson played what he thought was one of his best rounds of his career and stormed up the leaderboard, en route to his first Open Championship. We did manage to go 2-0 on our head to head selections (including a 2unit play), but I was really driven to predict every major correctly this season. We move onto Canada’s Open this weekend and a course I am very familiar with. Let’s take a closer look at the course that will be showing off plenty of birdies after a challenging week in Scotland.
Glen Abbey Golf Club is located in Oakville, Ontario and is part of the Club link Corporation. This is a large group of golf courses that are all under one owner, allowing members to play at a variety of courses all across their country. This course is one of the premier in Ontario and will offer fans plenty of excitement this week. Glen Abbey measures 7252 yards in length and is probably best remembered for the famous Tiger Woods shot in the year 2000.
Tiger was playing the 18th hole and drove the ball into the right fairway bunker. He went onto hit a majestic 215 yard 6 iron over water at a pin that was completely tucked away. A short chip and putt later made Tiger Woods the 2000 Canadian Open Champion. Tiger Woods is extremely famous, but he is far from the only big name to ever hold the Canadian Open Championship. Some of the other names include Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Walter Hagen, and JIm Furyk.
The winner this week will have to make plenty of birdies as The Abbey offers a chance to go very low if you are playing well. In the 2009 edition of the Canadian Open (which was held at Glen Abbey), Mark Calcavecchia set the PGA Tour record for most consecutive birdies in one round with 9. He teed off on hole 10 and went onto birdie holes 12 through 2, finishing with a 2nd round score of 65.
2009 was the last time the tournament was held at Glen Abbey and it was won by Nathan Green in a playoff over Retief Goosen. The winning score that week was -18, and I feel we can expect a similar number to win this year. To win players will have to take advantage of the easy Par 5 scoring, as players will attempt to make a couple eagles this week. Players who are deep off the tee will be able to take advantage of the courses quick conditions ( until the rain hits on saturday).
This weeks field is actually very impressive considering many of the world’s best were teeing it up last week in Scotland. This has a lot to do with the fact that RBC is the sponsor (as many of these players are sponsored by RBC also), but I do feel that players get excited about a Country’s Open Championship. Some of the Top Names competing this week will be Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, and Canada’s own Graham DeLaet.
There will also be a large contingency of young players with an excellent shot to win this week. Canada will have the opportunity to watch young talents such as Luke Guthrie, Morgan Hoffman, Hideki Matsuyama, Seung-yul Noh, and Patrick Reed. I feel that the Canadian Open this week will have some house hold names at the top but they will be accompanied by a few young talents looking to achieve their first ever title at The Canadian Open, much like Arnold Palmer did.
Steve’s RBC Canadian Open Six Pack Picks
We go this week with players who have the ability to over power the golf course and make a ton of birdies.
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Hideki Matsuyama 34 TO 1 – Matsuyama has burst onto the golfing scene and has now overtaken Ryo Ishikawa as the next big Asian golfer. Matsuyama’s last two PGA Tour events have both been majors and he has placed Top 10 in each of them. Just over a month ago at the US Open Championship Hideki closed with a final round 67 to place T10. Last week at The Open Championship Matsuyama was in contention all week and he finished the tournament T6. He actually managed to hit the second most Greens in Regulation last week at Muirfield. Many people watching this week will not recognize this 21 year old but I can assure you he will make huge waves in the golf world over the next few years. Hideki has actually only had 10 professional events to date and he has managed to place inside the Top 10 in all but one of them. This amazing start to his career also includes two victories in his home country of Japan.
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