After the epic battle and historic scenes at St Andrews over the past few days its time for the show to go on. We were treated to a feast of golf over the past weekend in Scotland and as the curtain comes down on the 144th Open its time for golf lovers to turn their attention to the RBC Canadian Open which will be held at Glen Abbey golf club.
This will be the 27th hosting of the event at the Jack Nicklaus design and it promises to be a fierce battle as any PGA tour win is a prestigious accolade with the winner picking up 500 Fedex cup points. The field will have 27 players in it who competed at the Open as the likes of Jason Day, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson are among many who teed it up at St Andrews and will be looking to end the disappointment of missing out on a major by winning the Canadian Open. As any Jack Nicklaus design Glen Abbey is going to have a certain few features that make it stand out, this time around its the ‘Valley Holes’ from hole number 11 to 15. This test involves teeing off a 60 foot cliff and has ’16 Mile Creek’ playing as a hazard on all of the holes. Lets have a look at who will contend this week.
Jim Furyk (+1800 BetOnline.ag)
Jim Furyk is twice a Canadian Open champion and is probably the most consistent golfer on the tour over the past few years. All of these factors make him a hot contender this week. He had a relatively quiet few days at The Open. The layout at Glen Abbey will suit him better as its been proven in the past with 2 Canadian Open titles in the bag. This course favors close approaches and clutch putts, something Furyk possesses in abundance. Look out for Jim this week.
Tim Clark (+8000 BetOnline.ag)
Tim Clark is the defending champion as he won last year at Royal Montreal. The South African had a barnstorming finish as he birdied 5 of his last 8 holes to clinch a 1 shot victory over Jim Furyk. Clark was unable to compete in The Open last week as he had visa troubles so you can be assured he has focused all of his free time in making sure he will be able to defend his title. He’s not very long off the tee but he can scramble like the best of them and is prone to destructive periods with the putter as he makes birdies with frightening ease. With the practice, desire and know how, you can bet Tim Clark will be at it from shot one.
Jason Day (+1800 BetOnline.ag)
Jason Day came agonizingly close to making the playoff at St Andrews last weekend and would have possibly won if he has not decided to play two holes in the gale force winds that blew on Saturday. Play was called off soon after and abandoned for the day. He suffered the most with drop shots during that time. Otherwise he is in superb form and will have a spring in his step knowing how close he came to golfs biggest title. With serious length off the tee and a great putting stroke, combined with a really successful weekend at St Andrews it’s fair to say Day will be a big contender come Sunday afternoon.