After winning The Open Championship last weekend, can Ernie Els add another victory at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open?
This week we are at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club located in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. The winner will take home $936,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points. Sean O'Hair is the defending champion.
The course will be playing 6,966 yards this weekend. The greens are running at 10.5 feet on the Tournament Stimpmeter and there are 87 bunkers on the golf course. This tournament has previously been played at Hamilton G&CC in 2003 and 2006.
Hamilton G&CC is yet another golf course where accuracy and efficiency will be at a premium. As always, it's better to have a golfer who is putting well than one who is not. Don't expect to seen a ton of low scores this weekend.
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Matt Kuchar (Starting)
It always feels like a cop-out when you pick the same player two weeks in a row. But, I was right about Kuchar last week. He finished T9 at The Open Championship. Why back off now? I've still got six starts left from Kuchar, and this is the last event in July. The season will be over before you know it.
Kuchar remains one of the most accurate golfers on the PGA Tour, ranking 35th in Driving Accuracy and 19th in GIR (greens in regulation percentage). He is 11th in All-Around Ranking, 10th in Scrambling and he is ranked No. 1 in Par-Four Performance.
Sean O'Hair (Bench)
Why not go with the defending champion here? Truth be told, I'm not expecting to need a bench player behind Kuchar this week. O'Hair missed the cut in his last event, but finished T7 and T22 in the two events prior to that.
He ranks 35th in GIR, 13th in Birdie Average, and 32nd in Driving Distance. He comes in 46th in the All-Around Ranking.
Also worth using: Jim Furyk, Kyle Stanley and Robert Garrigus.
Hunter Mahan (Starting)
Mahan has been one of the best golfers on Tour so far in 2012. In his last three appearances he has finished T11, T8 and T19. He made the cut here both in 2003 and 2006.
Mahan is quite possibly the most accurate golfer on the PGA Tour. He ranks ninth in Driving Accuracy and third in GIR. He ranks fourth in Total Driving, 35th in All-Around Ranking and No. 1 in Ball Striking.
Ernie Els (Starting)
After Els proved to be a great asset off of the bench last week, why not go with him here? I mean, he did just win the British Open (The Open Championship) a few days ago. Prior to that, Els had finished ninth at the U.S. Open in his previous tournament.
Els ranks 31st in GIR on the PGA Tour. He also ranks 12th in Scoring Average, 18th in Par-Four Performance and 39th in Total Putting.
Brandt Snedeker (Bench)
Snedeker had quite a run last weekend and wound up finishing T3 at The Open Championship. While he has been somewhat inconsistent this season, he has recorded a victory and has been playing more steadily as of late.
He's not as accurate as I would like, but Snedeker does rank fifth on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained-Putting. He also ranks 24th in Scoring Average, 28th in All-Around Ranking and eigth in Scrambling.
Bo Van Pelt (Bench)
Van Pelt missed the cut last weekend at The Open Championship, but so did a lot of good golfers. Prior to last weekend he had finished T24 and second in his two previous tournaments. He finished T20 here back in 2006.
Van Pelt is slightly better than the Tour average when it comes to accuracy. But, he does rank seventh in Strokes Gained-Putting, 19th in Scoring Average, eighth in Total Driving, fourth in All-Around Ranking and 22nd in Ball Striking.
Also worth using: Ryan Palmer and Tim Clark.
Scott Piercy (Starting)
Piercy has been playing his best golf recently. He's finished T12 and third in his last two appearances. He has 10 top-25 finishes so far in the 2012 season.
He does a number of things well. Piercy ranks 14th on the PGA Tour in Driving Distance. He also ranks 23rd in All-Around Ranking, 32nd in Scrambling and 18th in Par-Four Performance.
Seung-Yul Noh (Bench)
Noh has also been playing excellent golf lately. He hasn't finished worse than T27 in his previous five events, with four of those finishes being in the top 20.
He ranks 20th on the PGA Tour in Driving Distance, 33rd in GIR, 21st in All-Around Ranking and 27th in Ball Striking.
Also worth using: Charl Scwartzel and Graham DeLaet
Picks for The Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge
Group One: Hunter Mahan
Group Two: Sean O'Hair
Group Three: Ken Duke
Group Four: Erik Compton
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With the smaller purse this week, I'm not going to use any of the high-end options I still have left.
That leaves me with Robert Garrigus, Brandt Snedeker, Scott Piercy and Seung-Yul Noh.
Quite honestly, Snedeker jumps right out at me as a golfer who could win this tournament. The others could be good options here, but they just don't have as much upside. So, I am going with Brandt Snedeker this week.
Already Used: Bryce Molder, Steve Marino, Bill Haas, D.A. Points, Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan, K.J. Choi, Rory McIlroy, Jarrod Lyle, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Bo Van Pelt, Fredrik Jacobson, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Moore, Ryan Palmer, Brendon de Jonge, Sean O'Hair, Padraig Harrington and Blake Adams.
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Even in a short-season format, the smaller purse here will cause me to hold back my elite players this week. But, there's no need to scrape the bottom of the barrel either.
Brandt Snedeker, Sean O'Hair, Bo Van Pelt and Ernie Els all seem like decent options. I'm typically not a fan of picking either a repeat champion or a player who won the previous week, so I'm tossing out O'Hair and Els.
That leaves Snedeker and Bo Van Pelt. I don't think that I will be looking to use either golfer in a particular event the rest of the season, so there's no harm in using either.
Snedeker is probably the more dynamic golfer, but I will go with Bo Van Pelt this week. Van Pelt has some experience here that Snedeker doesn't, and that could prove to be the difference.
Already Used: Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, Lee Westwood and Brendon de Jonge.
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