Canadian Open 2019: DraftKings fantasy golf picks at Hamilton GCC

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 29: Brandt Snedeker of the United States plays his shot from the third tee in his match against Aaron Wise of the United States during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 29: Brandt Snedeker of the United States plays his shot from the third tee in his match against Aaron Wise of the United States during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images) /

The RBC Canadian Open boasts a stout field at Hamilton, with some big-name headliners and relatively few obvious misses. Here are our tips as you set your DraftKings fantasy golf lineups this week.

This week, the PGA Tour travels north of the border for the 2019 RBC Canadian Open. This week’s field will be void of some of the elite players in the world who choose to skip this event in preparation for the U.S. Open. However, DraftKings players will be presented with a relatively decent field of golfers that includes the number two ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson.

Before I provide my selections, let’s have a look at a few key points that I feel are of high importance for DraftKings players to consider as they construct lineups for the 2019 Canadian Open. Additionally, I will briefly discuss the golf course the field will be playing in Canada this week.

The 2019 RBC Canadian Open will be played at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The course is a par 70 that measures approximately 7,000 yards. This track is a tree lined classical golf course with rough that can be penal to players. It should be noted that since this event was last played here in 2012 that over 1,000 trees have been removed from the course.

This golf course also features small undulating greens that will likely be tough for players to hit consistently.

In my opinion, the small green complexes will place a premium on a golfer’s ability to scramble and hit greens in regulation. If you can’t scramble or consistently pound greens in regulation you will likely not be making the cut this week much less contending on Sunday.

Hamilton has hosted the RBC Canadian Open five times. The last three times Hamilton hosted this event was in 2003, 2006, and 2012.

Due to the fact the Canadian Open is not held on the same golf course every year DraftKings players will not have a large amount of course history to review. That’s fine. Last week, Matt Kuchar’s 15 years of outstanding event and course form at the Memorial Tournament meant nothing as he missed the cut.

As you can see with Kuchar at the Memorial, sometimes course form data is overrated. It very well COULD be a good thing that we don’t have long term course history data to over analyze for this week’s event.

Now what I love to do the most! My DraftKings selections for the 2019 RBC Canadian Open.

Brandt Snedeker (9,000)

Brandt Snedeker is a player that loves classical golf courses. Hamilton’s design certainly fits that description. Additionally, I love the fact that Brandt played the 2012 RBC Canadian Open when it was last played on this track. Snedeker finished 34th at this event in 2012.

I think Brandt’s ability to have played competitive rounds on this golf course previously is a distinct advantage. Why do I think it’s an advantage? Quite simply, only a handful of players in this field can say they have played this course under tournament conditions.

Additionally, I recognize that some may feel that Snedeker’s middling finish on this golf course in 2012 was not overly impressive. Well, I am not concerned; this gentleman is a much better golfer now than he was in 2012. I fully expect that Snedeker will perform much better this week than he did in 2012.

Snedeker has played rather consistently in 2019. He has played 17 tournaments this year. He has made the cut in 15 of those events. A few great results stood out to me. He finished fifth at The Players in March and tied for 16th at the PGA Championship. It should be mentioned that these results came on difficult golf courses and with fields that included most of the best golfers in the world.

His last event on the PGA Tour was at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge. He finished in a tie for 19th at the Charles Schwab. Snedeker is clearly in very good form and I love his chances to win this week.

Scott Piercy (9,300)

My clear number one pick for the week is Snedeker. However, I could not bypass Scott Piercy at 9,300 with my second selection. This man is playing some outstanding golf in 2019.

Piercy has made the cut in 16 of his 18 events played in 2019. Of those 18 events played, he has compiled ten top 20 finishes. That means Piercy has top 20 finishes in well over 50% of his events played in 2019! That is very impressive.

It should also be noted that Scott Piercy won the Canadian Open the last time it was played at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in 2012.

I also love the fact he did not play the Memorial Tournament last week. He should be well rested and ready to continue his outstanding play. I am backing him with confidence this week.

Ryan Palmer (8,200)

Ryan Palmer has always performed well on classical golf courses. His most recent result on Tour was a sixth place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The Charles Schwab event is played at Colonial Country Club. Colonial presents a golf course, that in my opinion, has some correlation to Hamilton.

Additionally, Palmer performed well at the RBC Heritage in April, which is another tree lined classical designed golf course. I think Palmer’s game sets up nicely for Hamilton Country Club. I think Palmer plays well this week. He might not be the first guy you think of when you’re building a lineup, but pass over him at your own risk.

Jonas Blixt (7,800)

Jonas Blixt has been quietly playing some outstanding golf lately. He has three top 25 finishes in his last six events on the PGA Tour.

Blixt performed very well in his last event. He scored a fifth place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge. I think Blixt may fly under the radar for some at the Canadian Open, which is never a bad thing for your fantasy lineup. I also think this golfer presents outstanding value with a DraftKings price of just $7,800.

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If you are in need of lower priced players to complete your lineups I like the following players to make the cut and possibly top 20:

Mackenzie Hughes (7,500)

Adam Schenk (6,800)

Nate Lashley (6,700)

As always, good luck this week!