Golf fans in Canada have to be excited with the calendar switch. DFS players have to be excited to have a lot more golfers to pick from. Everybody is happy this week with the RBC Canadian Open. For the first time since 1989, this event is in June. Instead of being squeezed between majors and WGC events, the Canadian Open is the final event before the US Open this time around, so we have a pretty strong field at the top and a ton of options throughout.
As always, our focus is on finding those value players with cheap salaries that we can plug in for some good bargains to pair with the top contenders. Let’s see how things shake out for this week’s tournament.
Corey Conners ($7,500) – The pressure of an entire nation rests on the shoulders of Corey Conners. Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but a Canadian player has not won this event since 1954. Conners hasn’t been in great form recently with four finishes outside the top 30 and a missed cut, but he’s 16th in strokes gained tee to green. He won at the Valero Texas Open, so he has it in him to string together 72 good holes. Whether or not he can do it this week is up in the air, but he’s been good on approach and off the tee. If he can make some putts on a course he should know fairly well, then he has a great chance to be in contention.
Brandt Snedeker ($9,000) – Brandt Snedeker seems to be ramping up for a run at Pebble Beach next week. Sneds always plays well out west, but he’s been playing pretty well everywhere of late. He’s a bit pricier than what we usually end up with in these articles (and so is the next guy), but this is one of those weeks where a lot of inconsistent players make up the field. Snedeker is second in strokes gained around the green and in the top 15 in strokes gained putting as well. With a lack of length to this course, the fact that Snedeker is one of the best in the field on and around the greens could allow him to pick up some strokes.
Henrik Stenson ($9,100) – I know. I know. You come here for bargain bin players and guys that can fill out a roster full of $10k guys. There just aren’t a lot of attractive, cheap players this week. It really feels like Stenson is on the verge of a win. This is a shorter course, which is good for the 42-year-old. He’s first in strokes gained on approach and has been mostly dialed in with his irons and wedges. This isn’t a course for bombers, where it’s a little bit harder for Stenson to hang at this point of his career. This is a course for precision. Now that he’s well removed from the wrist injuries that slowed him down last season and earlier this season, he’s on the verge of getting a dub. I don’t know if it’ll be this week, but he’s got a great chance.
Zach Johnson ($7,600) – Zach Johnson has a hard time competing week in and week out on the PGA Tour because he simply doesn’t hit the ball far enough. Long courses make things really difficult on him. This isn’t a long course. This is one of the shortest courses that Johnson will see. He’ll need to find a way to make a run here. He has really had issues with putting this year, so he’ll have to figure that out on an unfamiliar course, but he’s a solid player with a long resume of success and this is about as good as it gets in terms of courses for him.
Joaquin Niemann ($7,700) – It just might be time to put this 20-year-old back on your radar. Joaquin Niemann had four top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes last year. He hasn’t come close to that level of success this season. But, he’s made three of his last four cuts and has progressively finished better. He broke 70 in the third round at the Memorial before shooting 73 on Sunday, but those baby steps are worth taking notice. He’s a world-class player that hasn’t been able to find his putting stroke. If he finds it this week, he can definitely make a run at the leaderboard.