This week the Tour heads up north for the Canadian Open. The host venue, Hamilton Golf and Country Club, last hosted this event in 2012 and 2006. This is an old-school golf course that will place a premium on accuracy over distance. You will see a lot of 3-woods and irons off tees as players attempt to keep the ball in the fairway or set up full shots into the undulating greens. Some courses that have similar characteristics are Colonial, Harbour Town, Innisbrook, Waialae, Sedgefield, and Mayakoba.
Let’s look at some players to consider for DraftKings and One-and-Done leagues this week:
Matt Kuchar $10,500
In a field that includes four of the world’s best (DJ, Koepka, Rory, and JT), Kuchar provides a unique leverage opportunity, especially after his missed cut last week at the Memorial. I expect a lot of people to choose from the obvious top four. But remember that Kuchar’s recent performance has been excellent. Prior to last week’s missed cut, he had finished 12th or better in his last five events. His game is a perfect fit for Hamilton, and he has had a large amount of success at the correlated courses. Kuchar already has two wins this season, both on correlated courses, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him contend for his third this week.
Collin Morikawa $6,400
Morikawa has all the makings of a future star. He is one of the best amateurs in the world and now gets to test his game on the PGA Tour. He comes into this event hot after advancing out of the US Open Sectional at Columbus, which had the strongest field of all the qualifiers. He isn’t afraid of the big stage: as an amateur in 2016, he got all the way to a playoff on the Web.com Tour. In a week where the bottom half of the field is weak, Morikawa provides value and upside as he can make birdies in bunches.
Simpson is basically a lesser-known version of Matt Kuchar. Their games are eerily similar. Simpson has been consistent all year and has had five top five finishes on those correlated courses over the last two years. His game is predicated on methodically attacking a course and relying upon a strong short- to mid-iron game combined with a solid short game. Look for him to contend this week.
Stenson continued his red-hot iron play at Memorial last week. In his last seven events, he has gained 39 strokes on approach, including gaining at least four strokes in each of his last five events. On a course that does not require him to hit driver, he is a great fit. We have also seen him play well on some of the correlated courses; Stenson’s last win on Tour was at Sedgefield.