2019 Canadian Open Picks, Rankings, Sleepers, Preview

Pat Mayo and Geoff Fienberg preview the course and run through the odds while making their 2019 Canadian Open Picks. The guys give their fantasy golf picks, provide their one and done strategy for the event from Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

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2019 Canadian Open Field

Field: 156 Players | Top 70 and Ties Make the Cut
First Tee: Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 a.m. ET
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson

2019 Canadian Open: Key Stats

Fairways Gained
Strokes Gained: Ball Striking
Par 4s Gained: 400-450 Yards
Opportunities Gained

Mayo’s Custom Stat POWER RANKINGS from FantasyNational.com

2019 Canadian Open: Course

Course: Hamilton G & CC
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,967
Greens: Poa Annua (with Bentgrass)
Green Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Par 5 Eagles in 2012: 27
Rank: 32/49 (-0.405) in 2012 Difficulty
Bunkers: 88
Water Hazards: 9

2019 Canadian Open: 2012 Leaderboard

1st — Scott Piercy -17
T2 — William McGirt -16
T2 — Robert Garrigus -16
T4 — Bud Cauley -14
T4 — Chris Kirk -14
T4 — Josh Teater -14
T7 — Scott Stallings -12
T7 — Bo Van Pelt -12
T7 — Vijay Singh -12
T10 — Kevin Kisner -10

2019 Canadian Open — Targets From Each Range

Henrik Stenson

The Swede’s irons remain tops on TOUR over the past three months. The rest of his game: Not great. At a shorter, accuracy course, Stenson just needs to keep on doing what he’s been doing, gaining over +5.0 SG: APP since The PLAYERS, and fall into a hot putting week.

Jason Dufner

An accuracy course that has rewarded supreme ball strikers who score primarily on shorter Par 4s; that’s Dufman’s jam. He may be gassed after qualifying for the U.S. Open Monday afternoon, but if he brings close to the game he’s been sporting lately — two Top 10s in his past four starts — Hamilton G & CC is set up perfectly for his skill set. Sneakily, he’s actually gained strokes putting in his past two events.

Jason Dufner has withdrawn from the 2019 Canadian Open.

Keegan Bradley

Keeping with the theme of approach, ball striking and short Par 4s, Keegan pops off the page. Short term and long term, he rates out one of the best in the field in the key stats, as always, it comes down to the flat stick. And if Scott Piercy can win at this course, and have Robert Garrigus show up inside the Top 3, why can’t Keegan? Brian Harman

With accuracy more of a factor than distance, the light hitting Harman isn’t at as huge of a disadvantage as usual against the elite talent at the top. Per www.fantasynational.com, he’s gained over +6.0 strokes on approaches in his last two events and finished Top 15 in each start in fairways gained against the field en route to a T27 and T31, with the T31 coming at the comparable Colonial CC. Those aren’t great finishes, but when you’ve missed five of the previous six cuts, it’s an upward trend. Normally stout with the flat stick, the mini-man has been losing an average of a half stroke per event with his putter over his last five tournaments, now he returns to Poa greens, where he’s averaging +0.5 strokes per round.

Sepp Straka

He got himself into the U.S. Open, and is ready to pick up on an uneven, but ultimately successful first half of the season on TOUR. The Austrian is 12th in the field in SG: APP over the past 24 rounds and 18th in ball striking. There’s a worry that he’s a bit loose with the big stick, however he’s around average in the field in fairways gained, so it shouldn’t be a monumental issue.

Other notable names appearing near the top of stat models and the win simulator at FantasyNational.com: Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas, Corey Conners

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