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Tournament History File (Note that 2012 was only time this was played at Hamilton G&CC)
Favorite Plays by Tier
RBC Canadian Open
Hamilton Golf & Country Club: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada Par 70: 6,967 Yards
2012: 32nd Toughest out of 49 courses, played 0.407 strokes UNDER par
Not a big update this week, but enough information here to consider when finalizing your lineups.
Doesn't look like it will be a problem for the first two days (or throughout the weekend). Temperatures will be around 75 degrees in the afternoons and not much wind. No reason to change lineups based on weather.
There is consensus between FanShare Sports and Fantasy National on the Top 5 highest projected owned plays. Not listing them in any certain order, they are as follows: Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, and Webb Simpson.
I'm a little surprised to see Dustin Johnson pop up here, as I thought that price and lack of value would keep him lower owned. The others don't surprise me, as they tend to fit a balanced lineup well. Also, these four are good at keeping the ball in the fairway, which will be important this week. If going with the balanced lineup approach, you may want to limit yourself to no more than two of these four in a lineup, and/or consider leaving salary on the table to make yourself unique with lineup construction.
- I mentioned in the podcast to beware of the withdrawals due to players qualifying for the U.S. Open. There were only two golfers who withdrew for this reason, which was less than I expected. However, the withdrawals were big ones: K.H. Lee and Jason Dufner. Dufner was projected to be quite popular, which may explain some of the increased ownership on Jim Furyk, who was 100 higher than Dufner.
- The rough was long the last time an event was held here in 2012. Well, due to the rain this season, it looks like it will be worse. Whee Kim showed everyone how thick it was in this video.
- Ownership seems to be quite spreadout, as no one above Jason Dufner (8,700) is projected below 10%. A lot of the golfers in the 8k range should be around 10-13%. Doing a lineup of mostly 8k players would be quite unique, if you wanted to go truly balanced (not my approach this week, starting in the 8k range, but I understand someone doing this).
U.S. Open pricing is out on DraftKings. I will be getting the article posted in the next day or two, along with the Tournament History files. Good luck this week with your lineups at the RBC Canadian Open.
This is another tournament that is being played a bit earlier than in the past, due to the schedule changes on the PGA Tour this year. Instead of being the week after the British Open, it is now the week before the U.S. Open, and brings in a nice field, especially with four of the top six golfers in the world playing this week. The Canadian Open returns to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012, when Scott Piercy won here (Hence, why he gets the cover picture status this week). I'd be careful about putting too much into tournament history, simply due to only one prior Canadian Open being played here. Also, that was seven years ago in July. I'm not saying you can't factor in how players have done at this event or at this course in 2012: just don't make it your primary factor of research.
The course will play short, with very few hazards. There are trees along some of the holes but the course looks pretty straight-forward. In 2012, the rough was long, but the greens were very slow. I'll try to see if I can find out about both throughout the week and if I find anything, I will include it in the Wednesday Update. -17 was the winning score back in 2012, with the cut being even par. I won't be surprised if we see -20, as this is one of the shorter courses on tour, and even if a DJ or Rory or Brooks wants to bomb and gouge, they will be hitting a lot of wedges on this short course. Seven of the Twelve Par 4s fall in the 400-450 yard range, so I will be looking at that, along with Tee-to-Green, Approach, and the scoring stats.
Finally, do not get comfortable with a lineup on Monday night or Tuesday morning. Monday is the main day for U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, and I'm sure there will be some players who will qualify for the U.S. Open, and decide to go to Pebble Beach to get ready, and withdraw here. However, I will say that anyone going to Pebble, who does tee it up on Thursday, should be good to go. There will be a narrative this week of players not caring and maybe withdrawing early to go get ready for the U.S. Open. I don't buy that, as if that is the case, the player usually is well over par after day one, and probably won't help your lineup. Sergio isn't withdrawing if he's -3 after the second round, and is eight shots back, so I'm not worried about this narrative. Last point: this is a full 156-man field, so 6/6 will probably be lower than usual (not that it was high for the past two events, in 120-man fields. But, when Casey and Kuchar miss as the chalk in their respective weeks, that will happen).