Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fantasy Golf: The Canadian Open Preview

I think successfully picking Jordan Spieth last week and then recommending nine stiffs to go along with him (the best of whom was Adam Scott at T22nd) warrants a half-assed effort on this particular preview (as opposed to the others?). Not to mention, it's the Canadian Open which is the Labatt Blue Light of Opens so I don't see the need to exert a lot of mental energy (again, as opposed to?). Besides, I've got a story to tell that involves Tom Petty, fried chicken and a blacked-out Baltimore hon trying to pull-off a one woman performance of Cirque du Soleil (I'm getting really good at these teases) so I'm going to work on that now instead.

As for the Canadian Open, who knows? At least they're playing the same course for the third year in a row so we have a modicum of data. Last year perennial wild card and aptly named Johnny Vegas beat Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Martin Laird by a stroke but right behind them was the fearsome trio of Ricky Barnes, Alex Cejka and Steve Wheatcroft (and Brandt Snedeker who is . . . ahem . . . injured and sitting-out this week). In 2015, Jason Day beat Bubba Watson by a shot but they were pursued by the likes of David "Feel the" Hearn, Stewart "Who Pissed in the" Cink and Tom "Eggplant Parmigiana" Hoge (Mom . . . he's doing the nickname thing again!). 


The one kind of constant through both events (and through life for the matter) has been human sundial Jim Furyk who finished 13th in 2016 and 4th in 2015. He's struggled with injuries this year which is how the cosmos deals with Steeler fans but he's made his past three cuts with respectable finishes of T23, T26 and T35, though that last one was at the Barbasol Championship (because when you want 1970's shaving cream technology or a sponsor for an event full of guys who couldn't get into the British Open . . . BARBASOL!). I like Furyk's chances this week and not just because I've run out of better options (though that's definitely a major factor). 

Matt Kuchar is a popular pick but I don't care how positive your attitude is, that trucking he took on the final five holes last Sunday has to make even Kooch feel like "fuck this" or in his case, "after a five year courtship, full approval from her parents and marriage . . . have sex with this." If that happened to me, I wouldn't even want to pick up a club for a month though I tend to feel that way after I slightly mishit a 9- iron so I might not be the best one to ask.

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has come a long way in 2017.
The One and Done Pick: Jim Furyk

The DraftKings Top Ten Value Picks

Charley Hoffman
$10,300
Tony Finau
$9,500
Jim Furyk
$9,100
Graham DeLaet
$8,300
Ben Martin
$8,200
Kevin Tway
$7,700
Chad Campbell
$7,500
Adam Hadwin
$7,400
Daniel Summerhays
$7,000
Patrick Rodgers
$7,000

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