Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fantasy Golf: The Canadian Open Preview

There's no way around it. Writing post-major tournament previews sucks. No offense to the Canadian Open, the people of Canada, Canada Dry, etc. but after watching Henrik and Phil go all dueling banjos on what I found to be an underrated British Open track to decide who gets the deliciously pretentious title of “Champion Golfer of the Year,” where do you find the inspiration to preview the national championship for a country that only has one real golf tournament? Well I’m going to try to find it on a plane 20,000+ feet over Texas. But before we get to that, let’s give last weekend’s events a fraction of their due because they certainly earned it.

I think what I was most struck by was the fact that I don’t recall ever seeing a two day showdown of that caliber in my golf viewing lifetime which extends back to about 1992. The mano-a- mano element was palpable and you would certainly expect that from Phil who’s unofficial nickname is “FIGJAM” as in “Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me” but the understated Stenson clearly came to play and exuded cool from holes 2-17. At least on Sunday and especially down the stretch, he ripped-off Phil’s nickname as in “Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Mickelson.” (Sorry that was a bit forced but I do love that nickname). 

Now we head back across the Atlantic to Canada, the country most likely to get a wedgie at the United Nations and do nothing about it but say “you guys are crazy.” The good news is that we’ve got half of the new Big Four in the field (sorry Rickie but Stenson’s win now means we’d have to expand it to at least a Big Eight before you’d get to be part of a “Big” anything). I’m glad we have Jason Day and Dustin Johnson in the field because D.J. currently has the best player in golf belt (screw the world golf rankings, you know it when you see it) and, while Day can't get it back with a win at a mid-level event this week, he could land a couple of knee wobbling jabs and that would make this worth watching leading up to the PGA Championship

We’ve got a decent second tier with Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker plus some very intriguing young guns one more level down in Emiliano Grillo, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau who has to be itching to get back in the spotlight. As much as we want this to be all about D.J. and Day, the Sunday leaderboard is often dominated by these role players so that’s probably where you want to focus your attention (and money). And if you want a deep sleeper, keep an eye on Vijay who was on a roll before the British Open and who won this thing on the same course back in 2004. Not to mention, it's clearly old folks month on tour.  

The Canadian Open Odds

I know the tour is in Canada but
I'm in the desert and let's face it,
the FGR is really all about me.
1. Dustin Johnson - 5/1
2. Jason Day - 5/1
3. Matt Kuchar - 14/1
4. Brandt Snedeker - 16/1
5. Jim Furyk - 25/1
6. Emiliano Grillo - 33/1
7. Tony Finau - 40/1
8. William McGirt 50/1
9. Chris Kirk - 50/1
10. Graeme McDowell - 50/1

Ten Guys We Like in DraftKings

Jason Day - $12,300
Jim Furyk - $9,900
Tony Finau - $9,300
Adam Hadwin - $8,700
Emiliano Grillo - $8,500
Bryce Molder - $8,100
David Hearn - $7,900
Daniel Summerhays - $7,000
Chad Campbell - $6,800
Vijay Singh - $6,400

The One and Done Pick: Emiliano Grillo

Sleeper Pick: Vijay Singh

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