Fantasy Golf Sleeper Report RBC Canadian Open

By on July 31, 2016

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The Sleeper Report: Fantasy Golf Sleepers, Long Shots, and Undervalued Picks for the RBC Canadian Open

The RBC Canadian Open Fantasy Sleeper Preview

The 2016 PGA TOUR season is slowly dwindling down, and the golf world is currently on a high after a masterful showing by the duo of Open Champion Henrik Stenson and runner-up Phil Mickelson this past week at Royal Troon Golf Course. Now for the third straight week, golf’s main event will be played outside of the United States, with the TOUR heading north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open at famous Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. The event was first established in 1904 and has seen many beautiful settings along the way, but has taken a keen liking to Glen Abbey, with this visit being the fifth for the event in the past nine years. The par-72, 7,273-yard course is the capitol of golf in Canada, and was Jack Nicklaus’ first individually-designed course.

While this event has no chance to live up to the prestige of last week’s epic finish, there always seems to be a close matchup when Sunday rolls around. The victor has won by a single stroke or extra holes in 12 of 14 events since 2002. In that time, there have been five playoffs and seven victories coming by a single shot, with some big names having taken home the trophy. In just the past three years, golfers such as Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, and Jim Furyk have made their way inside the Top 2, with Day (2015) and Snedeker (2013) topping the leaderboard. Last year, Day was just starting an amazing run of wins, taking down the top prize a whopping eight times since February of last year. The Aussie was able to shoot a 69 or better each round, and birdied the last three holes on the final day to hold off Bubba Watson by just a single shot.

Day will look to defend his crown this week as he attempts to jump back into the winner’s circle for the first time since the PLAYERS back in May. Right on his heels will be the OWGR No. 2 golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, who is the hottest player in the game right now with wins at both the U.S. Open and Bridgestone Invitational, while also coming off a Top 10 finish in the Open last week. There will be only three other players from the OWGR Top 25 making the trek north, with No. 17 Matt Kuchar, No. 22 Jim Furyk, and No. 23 Brandt Snedeker teeing it up. Furyk should feel rather comfortable in this event, as he topped the leaderboard in consecutive years (2006, 2007) and was the runner-up in 2014. Unfortunately for the 46-year-old, none of those outings took place at Glen Abbey.

Joining the top names this week are a slew of youngsters who are looking to continue their ascent up the rankings. No. 40 Emiliano Grillo, No. 77 Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, and Jon Rahm have all been playing exceptional golf in 2016. No Canadian has won their home event since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and the top golfer from Canada in the field this week is David Hearn at 66/1 odds as he aims to improve on his third place last season.

Every single week there are players who are able to get into the Top 15 despite having low expectations, and just last week, Tyrrell Hatton, Andrew Johnston, Matthew Southgate, and Andy Sullivan did just that at the Open Championship. There is a very top-heavy field here at Glen Abbey, and there will certainly be plenty of these players who could make a push come Sunday. Below are some of the names to watch out for despite not owning the best chances.

The RBC Canadian Open 2016 Fantasy Sleeper Report

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