The Open Championship is over, but the end-of-summer golf is just getting started as this week’s RBC Canadian Open, next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship finish off a crazy four-week stretch for the PGA Tour. This week is the breather (if you can call it that) with two majors and a WGC in the span of four weeks. Still, it has a terrific field that should provide some great post-Open entertainment.
Let’s take a look at this week’s contest.
What: RBC Canadian Open | When: July 26-29
Where: Glen Abbey Golf Club — Ontario, Canada
Ranking the field (odds)
With Johnson, Fleetood, Finau, Koepka, Watson and Garcia, this actually qualifies as an elite post-major championship field.
Three stories to watch
1. DJ’s rebound: After missing the cut as the No. 1 player in the world at The Open last week, I’m curious to see how Johnson responds. He’s part of the RBC contingent that makes appearances at RBC-sponsored tournaments, which is tough for him given how many events in a row he’ll play. Still, he finished T8 last year and has two other top-two finishes at this course. I would expect the bounce-back to be strong heading into Bridgestone and the PGA Championship.
2. Three-peat: Nobody has won a PGA Tour event three straight times since Steve Stricker took the John Deere Classic from 2009-11. Jhonattan Vegas, of all people, has a chance to pull that off following his victories over Charley Hoffman in 2017 and Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Martin Laird in 2016. Hopefully he won’t have to take a helicopter to the course this week.
3. Ryder Cup/FedEx Cup implications: It feels as if this sneaked up on us this year, but there are only three weeks left in Ryder Cup automatic qualifying and four for FedEx Cup points. This tournament will mark the beginning of a possibly tense month for guys on the outside looking in at the Ryder Cup auto spots (like Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau) as well as the FedEx Cup top 125 (currently Harris English, Talor Gooch and Lucas Glover).
- 2017: Jhonattan Vegas
- 2016: Jhonattan Vegas
- 2015: Jason Day
- 2014: Tim Clark
- 2013: Brandt Snedeker
Canadian Open picks
Winner: I might only be saying this because he finished second last year to Vegas, but this tournament has Hoffman’s fingerprints all over it.
Top 10: Easy pick here. DJ crushes at Glen Abbey, and he’s the best player in the field. Interesting to note that Glen Abbey doesn’t require you to be as great at putting as the average PGA Tour course. That doesn’t necessarily affect DJ, who currently ranks No. 17 on the PGA Tour in putting.
Sleeper: Two straight top 10s for Ryder, albeit at events with lesser fields. Still, good odds for somebody who’s playing quite well.