Weekly Preview - RBC Canadian Open
Weekly Preview - RBC Canadian OpenGreg Vara RotoWire.com Golf Writer
Well, so much for an experienced caddie helping Adam Scott during the final round of a major. As the third round neared its conclusion last Saturday, part of the discussion centered around a possible final-round pairing of Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, which as any golf fan knows, would have put Tiger in the same group as his former caddie Stevie Williams. Woods, however, could not hold up his end of the bargain and missed out on the final pairing, so the conversation shifted to Scott and his relationship with Williams. Just how much would Williams’ experience in the majors help Scott during his final round? The answer may never be known; after all, there’s no way to quantify just how much influence a caddie has over a golfer. But one thing is certain. Adam Scott crumbled during the most important four-hole stretch of his career, and there was nothing Williams could do about it. Now, I’m not trying to diminish the role of a caddie on the golf course. Often a caddie plays a vital role in getting a golfer to the finish line. But in the end, what matters most is not the caddie or his influence, it’s the golfer himself. More specifically, it’s the space between the golfer’s ears that matters most.
This week: RBC Canadian Open
Players to Consider:
Snedeker played very well last week, for the most part, and he’s had his moments at this event, though not on the current course. Nonetheless, Snedeker should play better on the weekend if he’s near the lead this week.
Singh quietly played well last week as he ended up in the top-10 at the Open Championship, and he’s played fairly well in his two tries at Hamilton Golf and C.C., including a top-10 in 2003.
Speaking of Hamilton Golf and C.C., Furyk won this event when it was last held at the current venue in 2006. He also won the following year on a different course, which further proves his commitment to this event.
O’Hair is playing fairly well this season, which is miles ahead of where he was last year entering the Canadian Open, yet he managed to pull off a win here. O’Hair also played well on this track in 2006 when he earned a top-3 finish.
Normally I’d avoid a player coming off such a huge win as Els this week, but Ernie’s been here before, he knows the drill. That said, it would be wise to keep an eye on how he starts Thursday.
Players to Avoid:
Curtis surprised the golfing world earlier this year when he pulled off a win and a runner-up finish during an impressive four-week stretch. But his game has fallen off since, including a missed cut last week at the Open.
Estes has a solid track record at this event, but his best results have come at other venues than Hamilton C.C. Estes has made five consecutive cuts, but he’s failed to crack the top-30 in any of those starts.
Clark has had his moments this season, but he’s inconsistent. That is to be expected, though, with any player coming back from a major injury. Clark is coming off a missed cut at the Open, and while he should make the cut this week, it’s doubtful he’ll accomplish much on the weekend.
Gay is the only player in the field this week who missed the cut in 2003 and 2006, the last two times this event was held at Hamilton Golf and C.C. If that weren’t enough, he’s also missed five of his past seven cuts on the PGA TOUR.
Outside a top-10 at the U.S. Open last month, Goosen has really had a tough go of it on the PGA TOUR the last couple months. Goosen has missed the cut in three of his last five events on the PGA TOUR, and there’s no reason to think that trend turns around this week.