Furyk leads chances at the Canadian Open
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 RBC Canadian Open | Preview | 23 Jul 2014
The PGA Tour is back in North America but not yet back to the USA this week when it plays the RBC Canadian Open at the Blue Course at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on the island of Ile Bizard near Montreal in Quebec.
The event is being played at this venue for the first time since 2001 and just the 4th occasion in the last 40 years.
Form at the venue therefore will have little impact on those considering a wager on this week’s event and perhaps it may be better to rely on the current form of the more fancied candidates.
Jim Furyk arrives back from a very good tournament at the Open Championship where he finished 4th continuing what has been a very solid season.
Furyk did not play this event when last played at Royal Montreal but has been a two time winner of the event and given his great season to date which has included two runner-up finishes and his good week at Hoylake he appears to be playing as close to his best form as possible.
Dustin Johnson faltered over the closing stages of the Open Championship but his form generally in 2014 has been solid. He did finish in a share of runner-up position behind Brandt Snedeker last year, albeit at another venue, and his chances appear good for his first victory in the US since January of last year.
Matt Kuchar is the leading world ranked player this week and shared second position with Johnson last year. Kuchar is not playing as well at present as was the case earlier in the year but he is a class player who has missed only two cuts in his last 50 tournaments so is more than likely to provide a run for your money at least.
Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion after his three shot victory last year and although disappointing at the Open Championship he is not playing a lot below the level that saw him win the event last year. He has also played well in two other Canadian Opens in recent years.
William McGirt has finished runner-up in each of the last two years so appears to like the way they do things in Canada. McGirt is actually playing a little better this year than was the case leading into last year’s event having played very well for three rounds at the recent John Deere Classic.
Charl Schwartzel has really mixed his form in recent weeks but when he has played well it has generally been very well. His top ten last week at the Open was very impressive so a victory, which interestingly would be only his second on the PGA Tour, is a genuine possibility.
Luke Donald has mixed results at the Canadian Open, missing the cut last year but finishing 3rd in 2010. Donald has been neither good nor bad in recent starts but it has been more than two years since he won a PGA Tour event and should be doing better. I would not discount his chances however.
K.J. Choi was beginning to play well before missed cuts at the Greenbrier Classic and the Open Championship but interestingly he is one of the few in this week’s event who did well the last time the Canadian open was played at this venue. A repeat of his runner-up finish at the Travelers might be good enough for him to contend.
Several Australians are in the field in an event in which Australians generally have enjoyed reasonable success. Joe Kirkwood Sr won in 1933 but Kel Nagle, Greg Norman (twice), and Nathan Green have also tasted success.
Australians looking to add to that list this week are Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Oliver Goss, Robert Allenby, Nathan Green and Bronson La Cassie.