Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Canadian Open Preview

This week for the FGR is going to be more about golfing than writing because (a) I've found a swing that is yielding some birdies and therefore makes me want to play as opposed to skulking up to the first hole and sighing as I stick the tee in the ground (it counts for something that I know I'm this high maintenance right? A little something?); and (2) my British Open picks were pretty damn sad considering I chased the dollar bill on the end of the fishing line into traffic by going with the over-hyped Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry instead of Louis Oostuizen, Jason Day and Justin Rose. 

At least I didn't sell my one and done pick, Sergio Garcia, out for one of she shiny British cut missers so I got three and half good rounds out of him before he inevitably disapointed me. I'm starting to waiver in my belief that Sergio is going to get that major. His final round back nine misses have become almost fatalistic. If Meet the Parents had been based on his golf career, it would have ended with him spiking the ball into the bride's face, burning the altar and painting Mr. Jinx's tail.  

As for this week's Canadian Open, here's all you need to know. Jim Furyk loves Canada. He also loves the Pittsburgh Steelers so that makes perfect sense (you know because Canada has universal health care and Steeler fans are universally insufferable*). And it apparently doesn't matter to Furyk where they play the tournament because they move it every year and here are five of his last seven results: 2nd, T9th, T14th, 1st and 1st. Not to mention, Glen Abbey which is this year's host, is a short course where you can make a lot of birdies - right up his alley.

If you need to look elsewhere because you've already played the Furyk card (like me), I can't find any reason not to like Charley Hoffman this week. He missed the cut at St. Andrews so he's presumably getting at least a two day jump on the favorites who were in Scotland through Monday. He was also cruising before running into his traditional U.S. Open/British Open speed bumps but he's never finished better than tied for 35th at either of those anyway so no real cause for concern there. He should find the level of competition, the easier course conditions and the annoyingly content spectators much more to his liking north of the border.  

The Canadian Open Odds
[To the tune of "Oh Canada"] 
Oh Canada, what's with 
the one piece suit . . . 

1. Jason Day - 8/1
2. Jim Furyk - 14/1
3. Bubba Watson - 16/1
4. Matt Kuchar - 16/1
5. Luke Donald - 22/1
6. Brooks Koepka - 22/1
7. Hunter Mahan - 28/1
8. Graham DeLaet - 28/1
9. J.B. Holmes - 28/1
10. Ryan Palmer - 30/1

The FGR Canadian Open Picks

1. Jim Furyk
2. Matt Kuchar
3. Charley Hoffman
4. Tony Finau
5. Luke Donald

The FGR One and Done Pick: Charley Hoffman

The FGR Sleeper Pick: Greg Owen

". . . I guess it's not that bad . . ."
Last Week's Report Card: C-

1. Henrik Stenson - T40th
2. Dustin Johnson - T49th
3. Sergio Garcia - T6th
4. Jordan Spieth - T4th
5. Paul Casey - T74th
6. Adam Scott - T10th
7. Shane Lowry - M/C
8. Tommy Fleetwood - M/C
9. Brandt Snedeker - M/C
10. Rickie Fowler - T30th

One and Done Picks to Date

Hyundai: Kevin Streelman - $70,667
Sony: Chris Kirk - $42,280
Humana: Russell Knox - M/C
Phoenix: Hunter Mahan - $36,729
Farmers: Hideki Matsuyama - M/C
AT&T: Dustin Johnson - $281,067
Northern Trust: Jimmy Walker - $24,120
". . . since you gave us Elisha Cuthbert."
Honda: Keegan Bradley - M/C
WGC-Cadillac: Bubba Watson - $540,000
Valspar: Jim Furyk - $23,600
Palmer: Brooks Koepka – W/D
Texas Open: Matt Kuchar - $99,200
Houston Open: Louis Oosthuizen - M/C
Masters: Rory McIlroy - $480,000
Heritage: Patrick Reed - M/C
Zurich: Rickie Fowler - M/C
Match Play: Graeme McDowell - $49,385
Players: Henrik Stenson - $130,857
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $624,800
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $78,780
Byron Nelson: Gary Woodland - $15,407
Memorial: Justin Rose - $669,600
FedEx St. Jude: Billy Horschel - $168,000
U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson - $23,822
Travelers: Brandt Snedeker - $147,200
Greenbrier: Kevin Kisner - $500,267
John Deere: Robert Streb - $84,600
Sergio Garcia - $305,878

Season Total: $4,396,259

* Yet nothing compared to Patriots fans and, if you as a fan base have made yourself more detestable to a Ravens' fan than the Steeler fan base, then I have to say "well played sirs . . . your douchebaggery is without parallel."

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