Dustin Johnson Leads Strengthened Field at Canadian Open
The First Look Ahead to the Canadian Open from DFS Perspectives
Yardage: 7,253 - Par 72
Purse : $6.2 M
Field: 156 Players
*recent Canadian Open Champions
Francesco Molinari came into the British Open as the hottest golfer in the world and left as champion golfer of the year. After a birdie-fest on Saturday the conditions reverted back to usual British Open standards. Molinari played perfect British Open golf, hitting shots when he needed to, and getting up and down on his rare misses. He played the entire weekend without a bogey on the card, something that has never been done at Carnoustie, and as a result Italy has its first ever Open Champion.
The third major of the year is followed by another Open Championship, one in which the time zone will be much more American-friendly, the Canadian Open. Back in the day, the Canadian Open was looked at as the third most coveted Major after the British and U.S. Open. These days it’s just become another Tour stop for PGA Touring pros, and coming on the heels of the British Open means that the bulk of the stars who played Carnoustie last week won’t be making the trip back over to play a tournament while working out a five or six hour time change. However, I’d say this is the best field we’ve seen in this event for a handful of years. World number one golfer Dustin Johnson will headline the field. There are seven other former major winners teeing it up with Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka (still a current major winner), Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer and Jim Furyk (yup he won a major kids, check the wayback record books) all in the field. Kevin Kisner, Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, and Matt Kuchar, all of whom were relevant last week at Carnoustie, will make the trip back over the pond to get back to work. Then you have Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Adam Hadwin, James Hahn, Byeong Hun An, Chesson Hadley, Charley Hoffman, Jamie Lovemark, Chez Reavie, Gary Woodland, and the two-time defending Canadian Open Champion, Jhonattan Vegas all in attendance.
The Canadian Open will be hosted at Glen Abbey Golf Course for the fourth straight year, and fifth time in six years. Due to the British Open being played the week before, the location of Glen Abbey is pretty much locked as the venue for the foreseeable future. It would be a disincentive for the big-name players to be traveling from Europe all the way to Western Canada on a quick turnaround.
The Jack Nicklaus designed course is a Par 72 layout that plays out to 7,253 yards, relatively short for the Tour monsters. Bombers like the reigning champion Jhonattan Vegas or Dustin Johnson have had success at the site, but so have the control players like Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, and even William McGirt. This is because the course overall is short enough for both types of players to get within attacking iron range. Strokes gained: off-the-tee is more important than distance this week, but with the course featuring four very eagleable Par 5s, driving distance can still help shave a handful of strokes off the score, especially on the Par 5s.
On the subject of the Par 5s, you’ll need a player who can rack up the birdies (Par 5 birdie or better percentage). After a week with only two par 5s on the course, players will be salivating at not only four par 5s, but four REACHable Par 5s. The rest of the course is mostly made up of 400-450 yard par 4s. Over 100-bunkers and a handful of water hazards are scattered about the course. Getting off-the-tee will ensure having the proper angles into the green, which is important at Glen Abbey, but from there the players have to execute on their approach shots and gain in the strokes gained: approach metric in order to compete.
Strokes gained: Off-the-Tee
Par 5 Birdie or Better Percentage
Strokes Gained: Approach
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