The PGA Tour moves from the Open Championship to the RBC Canadian Open at…*sigh*...Glen Abbey. It’s like eating at a Michelin star restaurant on Friday night and then warming up a half eaten McChicken for Saturday’s supper.
HOWEVER, this will be the last time that we visit this Nick**us design nightmare as the tournament will be moving on in 2019. This year’s field is headlined by team RBC; Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Kevin Kisner to name a few. Brooks Koepka, two-time defending champion Jhonattan Vegas, Tommy Fleetwood and Canadian hero Mike Weir will also be in the field. Tee Times
Jhonny Hassles the Hoff
Last year’s Canadian Open saw Jhonattan Vegas defend his title as he defeated Charley Hoffman in a playoff. Vegas shot a final-round 65 to chase down Hoff and capture his 3rd career PGA Tour title. He only has one top-10 finish this season, a T7 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
Plenty of guys in this field are looking to recover from poor performances at the Open Championship last week. That list includes Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Ian Poulter. Playing this week also means that these guys will not have a break until mid-August as they all are in the field at the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship the next two weeks.
Local Boys, Eh
By my count, there are 19 Canadians in the field this week. The most well-known names are Masters champion Mike Weir, Adam Hadwin, Corey Connors, and Austin Connolly. Up-and-coming player Adam Svensson is also in the field. Svensson has a win and three other top 10s on the Web.com Tour this season and will almost certainly be a full time member of the PGA Tour next year.
Jhonatton Vegas tries to become the first person to win a tournament three times in a row since Steve Stricker won the John Deere from 2009-2011. Both Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger attempted this year, but neither were successful.
The Canadian Open is moving to its new spot before the U.S. Open in 2019 and will also have a new host course at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Hamilton is a Harry Colt design from the 1920s and will be a welcome change from Glen Abbey. Hamilton has hosted the event before, most recently in 2012. Before we completely say goodbye to Glen Abbey, we need to stop and remember the best shot ever hit on the property.
Paulie expects bomb and gouge to be an effective strategy this week, check out his picks HERE.
Old Course for the Old Guys
The Senior Open Championship heads to St. Andrews this week. The field is headlined by Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, and Nick Faldo but will welcome a few other familiar faces this week. Brandel Chamblee and Gary Koch will be moving from the broadcast to the course as they both qualified on Monday. The full list of tee times can be found HERE
The women head across the pond this week as well for the Ladies Scottish Open at Gullane. They will play the same course where Brandon Stone nearly shot 59 on his way to a victory two weeks ago. Many of the top women in the world will be in the field as they prepare for the Women’s Open Championship next week. Tee Times
Closing Open Championship thoughts
Andy put together an article of thoughts from last week’s Open Championships ranging from Carnoustie to blade collars. He highlights the good, the bad and the ugly HERE.
Oklahoma State Cowboy Austin Eckroat leads an elite field through one round of the Pacific Coast Amateur at Olympic Club. Leaderboard
The Web.com Tour heads to Misery, sorry Missouri, this week for the Price Cutter Championship. Tee Times
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