PGA Tour Picks: RBC Canadian Open

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By TOM LaMARRE

Whereas the LIV Golf Worldwide Collection will get is begin this week in London, the RBC Canadian Open will probably be performed for the primary time since 2019 at St. George’s Golf and Nation Membership in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

The event was not performed the final two years due to the Covid-19 virus, after Rory McIlroy of Northern Eire gained the RBC title three years in the past by seven strokes over Webb Simpson and Shane Lowry of Eire at Hamilton Golf and Nation Membership in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada.

“It definitely goes to be totally different,” mentioned the eighth-ranked McIlroy, who has gained 20 instances on the PGA Tour. “It’s humorous, it doesn’t really feel so long as three years in the past. I suppose the recollections are nonetheless fairly vivid. It’ll really feel totally different going to a distinct golf course. No matter profitable the event or not, I had a very good time once I did play in Canada final.

“We had nice climate for the week. It was only a actually, very nice week. However yeah, it will likely be good to defend. I feel one of many actually cool issues about profitable a event is with the ability to return and defend the following yr. It’s a pleasant factor to do. It was my first time taking part in in Canada and I had an exquisite expertise and I’ve needed to get again.

“Clearly with Covid-19, that wasn’t a chance over the past couple years, however lastly issues are getting again to regular and I’m excited to get again up there.”

McIlroy, who was 5-under-par by seven holes within the remaining spherical, was flirting with a 59 for many of the remaining spherical earlier than making bogeys on the sixteenth and 18th holes to complete with a 9-under par 61 and a 72 gap complete of 22-under 258.

Since then, McIlroy has three extra victories together with the 2020 WGC-HSBC Champions and the CJ Cup on the Summit this season and, and now has 20 victories in his PGA Tour profession.

“I feel the entire Sunday (within the 2019 RBC Canadian Open) typically was particular,” mentioned McIlroy, who has completed second within the Masters and eighth within the PGA Championship this season. “I had gained the Gamers in March in 2019 and I’d had plenty of different possibilities to win. I used to be main going into the ultimate spherical at Quail Hole and didn’t get the job executed. There have been a bunch of tournaments the place I performed in remaining teams and simply didn’t win.

“I used to be tied for the lead going into the final day (in Canada) and I type of went out with the angle of, ‘I’m both going to shoot 64 or 74 right here.’ I’m simply going to be tremendous aggressive and go for every thing and fortuitously that mindset and that angle labored out for me.

“…  It was as a very cool ambiance to play in. I feel folks began to comprehend I used to be not solely in all probability going to win the event, however I had the prospect to shoot 59, which was actually cool, and other people had been getting behind that as properly. It was a enjoyable remaining day.”

Whereas Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and different PGA Tour stars are going to be taking part in within the LIV occasion in London, McIlroy will probably be taking part in in Canada together with the likes of top-ranked Scottie Scheffler, fourth-ranked Cameron Smith of Australia, sixth-ranked Justin Thomas, ninth-ranked Sam Burns, Shane Lowry of Northern Eire, Matt Fitzpatrick of England, Corey Conners of Canada, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, Tyrell Hatton of England and Martin Laird of Scotland.

Will probably be fascinating to see who attracts probably the most curiosity from golf followers world wide.

BEST BETS

1. Rory McIlroy, Northern Eire—The eighth-ranked McIlroy gained the RBC Canadian Open the in 2019, taking pictures 9-under-par 61 within the remaining spherical to beat Webb Simpson and Shane Lowry of Eire by seven strokes for considered one of his 20 PGA Tour victories. He gained the CJ Cup amongst 5 top-10 outcomes this season, together with second within the Masters and eighth within the PGA Championship.

2. Scottie Scheffler, United States – The highest-rankedplayer on the planet has gained 4 tournaments this season, together with the Masters, and completed second not too long ago within the Charles Schwab Problem for his eighth top-10 end in 2021-22, along with a tie for second within the Houston Open. Scheffler is making his first look of his profession within the RBC Canadian Open.

3. Justin Thomas, United States – JT, ranked sixth on the planet, missed the reduce final week after profitable the PGA Championship for the second time, and has completed within the high 10 on eight events this season—together with a tie for eighth within the Masters. Thomas tied for twentieth in his solely look within the RBC Canadian Open in 2019, taking pictures 65-69-69 within the final three rounds.

4. Cameron Smith, Australia – The fourth-ranked Smith gained the Gamers Championship and the Sentry TOC this season amongst 5 top-10 finishes, together with a tie for third within the Masters, along with tying for thirteenth in each the PGA Championship and the Memorial Event not too long ago. He has not performed properly within the RBC Canadian Open, lacking the reduce in 2016 and 2017.

5. Corey Conners, Canada – Conners, whose solely PGA Tour victory got here within the 2018 Valero Texas Open, has performed properly in large occasions this season by ending third within the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play and tying for sixth within the Masters. Nonetheless, he has not performed properly at house, as he has missed the reduce in 5 of his six appearances within the RBC Canadian Open.

6. Shane Lowry, Eire – The 2019 Open champion has tied for third within the Masters and the RBC Heritage this season, along with ending solo second within the Honda Traditional amongst seven finishes within the high 25 on the PGA Tour. Lowry is taking part in within the RBC Canadian Open for the third time and tied for second in 2019 with 4 rounds within the 60s, and in addition tied for twelfth in 2018.

7. Sam Burns, United States – The ninth-ranked Burns has gained the Sanderson Farms Championship, the Valspar Championship and the Charles Schwab Problem (in his final begin) amongst seven finishes within the high 10 this season, and now has 4 PGA Tour victories in his profession. He will probably be making his event debut within the RBC Canadian Open this week.

8. Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela – Vegas claimed two of this three PGA Tour victories within the RBC Canadian Open, profitable by one stroke over Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Martin Laird in 2016, and repeating the following yr with a birdie on the primary playoff gap to beat Charley Hoffman. His finest consequence this season was a tie for fourth within the Corales Puntacana Championship.

9. Tyrell Hatton, England – An eight-time winner world wide, together with within the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Hatton has tied for second within the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tied for ninth within the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play and tied for thirteenth within the PGA Championship this season. He’s making the primary look of his profession within the RBC Canadian Open.

10. Luke Record, United States – After profitable twice on the Korn Ferry Tour, Record claimed his first victory on the PGA Tour this yr with a birdie on the primary playoff gap to beat Will Zalatoris within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, tied for seventh within the Zozo and tied for tenth within the RSM Traditional. His finest leads to the RBC Canadian Open had been a tie for 14th in 2016 and a tie for twenty first in 2013.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH: Patrick Reed, United States; Justin Rose, England; Cameron Champ, United States; Danny Willett, England; Tony Finau, United States; Martin Laird, Scotland; Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; Carlos Ortiz, Mexico; Harold Varner III, United States; Matt Fitzpatrick, England.

SLEEPERS

1. Sahith Theegala, United States –The previous Pepperdine All-American is coming off a T-5 within the Memorial and in addition was T-3 in Phoenix, T-7 within the Valspar, T-8 within the Sanderson Farms.

2. Michael Gligic, Canada – Winner on the PGA Tour Canada and the Korn Ferry Tour will probably be one of many house favorites this week and was T-24 within the Mexico Championship not too long ago.

3. Satoshi Kodaira, Japan – A nine-time winner world wide, together with within the 2018 RBC Heritage, Kodaira completed T-12 within the Sony Open and T-15 on the Mexico Open this season.

4. Dawie van der Walt, South Africa – Has gained 4 instances world wide, together with twice on the Korn Ferry Tour, and completed T-22 within the Fortinet Championship this season.

5. Brandon Wu, United States – The previous Stanford All-American gained the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Championship and this season was T-2 within the Mexico Open and T-3 in Puerto Rico Open.

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