After yet another stellar major championship at St. Andrews, the PGA Tour turns its attention to the RBC Canadian Open.
This year, Glen Abbey is hosting the RBC Canadian Open. Beware when looking at course history as the RBC Canadian Open rotates courses.
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Glen Abbey has been the host as recently as 2013 and 2009. If you are doing some research, target those years.
Glen Abbey is another short course where you will want to target ball-striking. Hitting fairways and setting up nice wedge shots from 125 yards out is the recipe for success here.
The salary cap this week is interesting as the favorites aren’t all that expensive. You can stick in someone like Jason Day and/or Jim Furyk and not have to go dirt cheap. You’ll still have enough in cap space to get some quality guys.
After a long five days at The Open Championship you’ll also have to be aware of withdraws. Surprisingly enough, Brandt Snedeker withdrew yesterday as did Will Willcox.
So, just keep that in mind and keep a close eye all the way up until at the very least Wednesday night. With that said, let’s get into the RBC Canadian Open fantasy sleeper picks.
Greg Owen– Greg Owen has been on point of late. Owen has made the cut in four of his last five starts including a 2nd place finish at the St. Jude Classic, T-6 at the Greenbrier Classic, and T-20 last week at The Open.
Also, Owen’s statistics line up with the guy kind of golfer you are looking for here at Glen Abbey. Owen is 25th on the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation, and approaches from less than 125 yards he is basically the best on Tour. From approaches 100 to 125 yards Owen is first on Tour and from approaches 50-125 yards he is 2nd.
Given his recent form, his statistics, and with how cheap he is, I would say he is a must play. But, nothing is that simple in golf so I’m sure he’ll miss the cut.
Chad Campbell– I mentioned at the top that you don’t really have to go dirt cheap this week in order to make a decent team. Well, you don’t have to, but someone like Chad Campbell who is dirt cheap isn’t a bad play.
Campbell has made the cut in five straight tournaments with his best finish coming at the St. Jude Classic (T-8). Statistically, Campbell is pretty solid all the way around. Campbell hits 66% and 68% of fairways and greens. That ranks 51st and 40th on the Tour respectively.
With the wedges, Campbell is not bad. From 75 to 100 yards Campbell is 55th on Tour. From 50 to 125 he is 48th, and from 100 to 125 he is 81st. I wish he were better from 100 to 125, but overall not bad.
Rory Sabbatini– Rory Sabbatini is another golfer who lines up perfectly with Glen Abbey. Sabbatini finished T-12 in 2013, he hits 68% of Greens, 35th Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, 19th in approaches from 100-125, and 24th from 50-125.
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Plus, Sabbatini has been in solid enough form of late. He missed did miss the cut in his last tournament, but that was at the Greenbrier. That course didn’t really line up with Sabbatini’s game.
Aside from that, Sabbatini had made the cut in three straight tournaments including a T-10 finish at the Crowne Plaza at Colonial, and T-24 at The Memorial.
Sabbatini is another golfer that I see a lot of value in and I’ll have my fair share of exposure this week.
Chad Collins– The last golfer I’ll mention this week is Chad Collins. Collins is a really cheap pick – in the same vein as Campbell – there’s a lot of value there.
Collins is another rock solid wedge player, one of the best on Tour. Collins has been solid all year long. He doesn’t have many great finishes, but he is a cut machine.
At a course and field like this, Collins has the upside to notch his 5th top 25 finish this week.