Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fantasy Golf: The Canadian Open Preview

I'm officially changing the name of the 2018 Canadian Open to British Open 2: The Bomber's Revenge. Call the Twitter and the Instabook and the Snapface and start printing the t-shirts because at least one American masher who got worked by Carnoustie last week is going to kick the merde out of Glen Abbey GC and bring back that vaunted Canadian Open trophy which I'm assuming is a hockey stick made out of bacon. (Seriously though, a hockey stick trophy made-out of bacon would immediately supplant the Stanley Cup as #1). 

This week I'm inching my way to the end of the tree limb and recommending Dustin Johnson because (a) he's ranked higher than all of the other golfers in the world, (b) he's finished top ten on this course the last three times he's played it including two runner-ups and (c) he earned himself the weekend off in Scotland so he should be well rested (though I get the feeling that D.J. is always kind of well rested). 

The second and third options in no particular order would be Bubba Watson and Tony Finau. One or both of them will absolutely finish in the top ten this week. Unfortunately for me, I've used all of those guys so I need to look a bit further down the list for a viable option and hey look it's Charley Hoffman who is waaaayyyyy overdue for a top ten, especially at a place where he's gone 2nd, T7th and T16th in his last three tries. Not to pump myself up anymore than I already did in The British Open Recap but I have a weird knack of picking Charley in the right spot. It's like we're distantly related. A theory further supported by our striking physical resemblance. (That's a joke. I'm bald and would probably lose a sumo wrestling match to Corey Pavin).     

My sleeper pick has to be Hunter Mahan who infamously withdrew from this event after two rounds in 2013 so he could be present for the birth of his baby despite the fact that he was leading the tournament at the time. That inspired me to write a piece called The Mahan Conundrum where I make the case that, if the same circumstances arose at the Masters for a guy trying to win his first major, he should stay and keep playing. I should probably make a marriage joke here but marriage is no laughing matter kids. Or so I learned after writing that. Anyway, Mahan has actually shown a pulse lately with a T34 at the John Deere and a T7 at the Barbasol. My guess is that daddy's had enough quality time with the babies and decided to get his ass to the range so he can pay the bills.  

One and Done Pick: Charley Hoffman
Elisha Cuthbert is Canadian. I'm
not sure about the other lady.


Other Guy I'd Pick: Dustin Johnson


Sleeper Pick: Hunter Mahan


The DraftKings Top Ten Values


Dustin Johnson
$11,700
Tony Finau
$9,800
Bubba Watson
$9,600
Charley Hoffman
$8,700
Brandt Snedeker
$8,500
Keegan Bradley
$8,100
Johnny Vegas
$7,500
Harold Varner
$7,100
Hunter Mahan
$6,800
Dylan Meyer
$6,700

This will be the fifth time in the last six years that they've played Glen Abbey GC so there is some decent intel to be had in the historical performance chart. I was going to throw-in the 2009 results for good measure but not sure how relevant they would be considering Lee Janzen, Mark Calcevecchia and Anthony Kim finished in the top ten. For you youngsters out there, Kim was the ultimate golfing comet. From 2008 through 2011 he had three wins and three major top tens. Then he had a couple of injuries and poof. Gone. Now he barely plays the game at all. Sometimes I'll think about Anthony Kim as my ball sails over the out of bounds stakes or slides by the hole on a three foot putt and I think maybe one day I'll escape too . . . shit was that out loud?      


DK Price
2017
2016
2015
2013
Dustin Johnson
$11,700
T8
T2
DNP
T2
Brooks Koepka
$10,800
DNP
DNP
T18
DNP
Tommy Fleetwood
$10,500
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Sergio Garcia
$9,900
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Tony Finau
$9,800
T5
T70
T22
DNP
Bubba Watson
$9,600
T42
DNP
2nd
T21
Matt Kuchar
$9,500
T32
DNP
T7
T2
Joaquin Niemann
$9,400
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Jimmy Walker
$9,300
DNP
T14
DNP
DNP
Gary Woodland
$9,200
4th
DNP
DNP
T61
Ian Poulter
$9,100
3rd
DNP
DNP
DNP
Kevin Kisner
$9,000
DNP
T26
DNP
DNP
J.B. Holmes
$8,900
T14
DNP
T79
DNP
Steve Stricker
$8,800
DNP
DNP
T63
DNP
Charley Hoffman
$8,700
2nd
DNP
T7
T16
Brandt Snedeker
$8,500
DNP
T5
DNP
1st
Adam Hadwin
$8,400
MC
T49
T7
MC
Wesley Bryan
$8,300
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
David Lingmerth
$8,200
T27
DNP
DNP
T12
Keegan Bradley
$8,100
T14
DNP
DNP
DNP
Billy Horschel
$8,000
DNP
DNP
DNP
T68
Patrick Rodgers
$7,900
DNP
T32
MC
DNP
Jamie Lovemark
$7,800
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Kevin Tway
$7,700
T48
DNP
DNP
DNP
Si Woo Kim
$7,700
DNP
T23
DNP
MC
Andrew Putnam
$7,600
DNP
DNP
T63
DNP
Johnny Vegas
$7,500
1st
1st
T48
DNP
Kelly Kraft
$7,500
MC
T26
DNP
DNP
Keith Mitchell
$7,400
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Chez Reavie
$7,300
T23
T14
T41
T31
Troy Merritt
$7,200
MC
T32
MC
DNP
Ben Crane
$7,100
T54
T9
T48
DNP
Bronson Burgoon
$7,100
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
Harold Varner
$7,100
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
Jim Furyk
$7,100
75th
13th
4th
T9
Stewart Cink
$7,100
T62
MC
DNP
DNP
James Hahn
$7,000
T10
DNP
T11
T40
Seamus Power
$7,000
T10
DNP
DNP
DNP
Hunter Mahan
$6,800
MC
MC
T63
W/D
Dylan Meyer
$6,700
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP

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