2023 RBC Canadian Open: Top 10 Power Rankings at Oakdale

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Shane Lowry, RBC Canadian Open, Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

A T-16th at the Memorial Tournament last week marks two consecutive top-20s and three in the last five events for Shane Lowry.

He heated up for five straight birdies in round one at Muirfield Village.

The Irishman has made eight of his last nine cuts in stroke play events. That span includes T-5th at the Honda Classic, T-16th at the Masters, and T-12th at the PGA Championship.

Lowry played well at last year’s RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s, carding four rounds in the 60s en route to T-10th.

He also took T-2nd in Canada in 2019 at Hamilton and T-12th in 2018 at Glen Abbey, so Lowry is clearly comfortable here.

The 36-year-old ranks 14th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained approach (.653) and is in the positive in all SG categories except for around-the-green.

He was 53rd in SG around-the-green last season and 124th now. If Lowry can split the distance, he’ll climb back into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour for the first time since his 2019 Open Championship victory.

Despite his poor short-game statistics, Lowry is tops in sand saves (67.09%).

One would think Lowry is in good shape to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup this fall, but it’s not yet a done deal. He’s eighth in the European points standings and seventh in the world points.

A win this week wouldn’t help him in the first category, but it can help in the second, as well as pique Luke Donald’s interest if it comes down to a captain’s pick.