Our Top DraftKings Picks for The Canadian Open
Following a week of wind, rain, links, and hell in Troon, The Canadian Open is one of our favorite tournaments of the year. Glen Abbey is a beautiful course (one of Jack Nicklaus’ early designs) that allows for a ton of scoring. The past 4 winners have scored -16 or -17, and you can expect the top 25 finishers to be 10-under or better.
Glen Abbey can be successfully played by different styles, so it really doesn’t cater to a specific game. Last year, Day overpowered the course by driving near par-4 greens and hitting a wedge, and scoring on Par 5’s. I particularly like targeting players with consistent short games that know how to score. Look at Par 4 and Par 5 scoring, strokes gained off the tee, and strokes gained putting.
Below is a look at the odds for the 2016 Canadian Open, and our picks for DraftKings slate of contests.
A course like Glen Abbey is perfect fit for Jason Day and Dustin Johnson’s games. DJ’s current form is slightly better, but Day is the better golfer and will be really tough to beat here. Following a tough loss at The Open last season, Day won here last year and went on to take over the world number one ranking.
We mentioned earlier that a consistent short game was crucial at Glen Abbey, and few players are more consistent than Bryce Molder. Molder currently leads the tour in strokes gained around the green and is 11th in strokes gained putting. He’s also 27th in Par 4 scoring, which is going to be especially important because everyone will be scoring on the par 5’s here as they are all reachable.
We are big on DeChambeau this week. Keep in mind, that as a non-member he is only afforded seven sponsor’s exemptions in a season and has already used 5. So he will have one more start this year. This is a big tournament for DeChambeau, he hasn’t competed on the Tour in a month, but will be breaking in a new set of irons this week. DeChameau has a T21 finish at the Masters and T15 at the US Open, so he clearly knows how to score when he’s locked in, and we expect him to be this week.
We were surprised to see all the ‘Canadian Hype’ on David Hearn this week. I get that Hearn had a solo 3 last year, but DeLaet seems like the better Canadian play. We just discussed Par 4 performance with Molder, but DeLaet is having an even better year and is currently T5 on tour on par 4’s. He withdrew from this even last season with pitching/chipping anxiety, but finished T7 here in 2014.
Vegas is a risky play, like most Venezuelans, Vegas runs hot and cold. He’s 6th on tour in Par 5 scoring, and 4th in greens in regulation. In his 4th place finish at the Barbasol, he averaged 3.83 on par 5’s. If he can crush the 5 Par 5’s to the tune of -20 to -23 again here, he should find his way into another top 15 finish.