By Vince Eager
From the oldest tournament in the world, the Open Championship, to the oldest course in North America, Royal Montreal, for the Canadian Open.
Last year in this tournament, played at a different course, Hunter Mahan, had a commanding lead only to withdraw to be with his wife who was in the process of popping out his first child. Brandt Snedeker went on to win.
There is little course form to go on here so no ODDY ratings have been compiled.
We will avoid golfers who played at the Open last week and these include Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar. I mention these because all are sponsored by RBC, also the sponsors of this event. Would they be here if they weren’t obliged to be because of their sponsorship deals? The chances are, most would not.
Royal Montreal is a standard shot makers par 70 track with small bentgrass greens and form at other tracks of a similar nature such as Harbour Town (RBC Heritage) and Old White TPC (Greenbriar) should be an advantage.
|Course: The Royal Montreal Golf Club (Blue Course), Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Course Architect: Dick Wilson and Joe Lee (1959), Rees Jones (2004)|
|Yardage: 7,171 yds|
|Acres of fairway: 32|
|Greens: Bentgrass; average size: 5,000 sq. ft|
|Stimp: 11.5 ft|
|Last 10 winners|
South African, Tim Clark, is not what anyone would call a prolific winner with just one win to his name on the PGA Tour, back in 2010, but he goes well in weaker tournaments such as this one and ranks number one in proximity to the hole in 2014 and 3rd in fairways hit.
He tied for 5th in his last start in the John Deere Classic where he shot a 63 in round 2 and a 64 in round 3. He tied for 38th at the Heritage which does not sound like a great recommendation, but he missed the two cuts before and after that week so was in awful form.
Scott Brown tied with Tim Clark in 5th place in his last start at the John Deere and that was Brown’s 4th top 10 of the year. One of those top 10s was at the Heritage where he also finished tied for 5th.
John Huh is a bit off a left field selection but there are reasons to think that his odds are too long this week. He’s missed his last two cuts but before that was a solid t19 at the Quicken Loans National but the angle I like here, apart from Huh being a quality player who has already won on tour, is his tied for 3rd at the Heritage, which also came after a missed cut.