DFS Yahoo Golf Talk: RBC Canadian Open

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The host of this week's Canadian Open is St. George's Golf and Country Club.

It's a classical course that hasn't been used since the 2010 edition.

From the 2010 data we know that birdies aren't easily found but golfers will find plenty of eagles on the par 5s. On the flip side, there isn't much water in play so golfers are able to avoid the big numbers in most cases. Let's use that information to see if we can find some value options for our Yahoo DFS squads.

Par 5 Scoring

The par 5s at St. George's Golf and Country Club are all reachable with a good drive.

With five par 3s and some tough 4s, the scoring on the longer holes becomes crucial.

Back in 2010, Carl Pettersson won the event on 14-under and he played the par 5s at 10-under for the week.

Here are the top performers in par-5 scoring since the start of the 2022 calendar year:

Scottie Scheffler
Keith Mitchell
Cameron Smith
Justin Thomas
Jhonattan Vegas
Matthias Schwab
Matt Fitzpatrick
Sam Burns
Cameron Percy
Rory McIlroy
Sahith Theegala
Cameron Champ
Brandon Hagy
J.J. Spaun
David Lipsky

David Lipsky ($23): On top of scoring well on par 5s this year, Lipsky also appears to have a preference for bentgrass. Over the last two years, he's posted a week-long score that was better than TOUR average in 60% of his events on bentgrass which is the 12th-best in the field this week.

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No Big Numbers

While the course proved to be relatively tough the last time they played here (2010), there wasn't a lot of trouble to find.

The tougher scoring environment came from the lack of birdies available. On the flip side, the rate of doubles or worse was just one per 72 holes for the field. Would would put it around fifth-easiest among regular TOUR stops.

As a fun experiment, let's look at the last three months of play and find the names that have been most troubled by big names, but at the same time carding more birdies-or-better than the field. The hope is that without the big numbers in play, their go-low power will be increased.

Scott Brown
Joseph Bramlett
Stephan Jaeger
Martin Trainer
Mark Hubbard
Chase Seiffert
David Skinns
Callum Tarren
Brandon Hagy
Vincent Whaley
Patrick Flavin
J.J. Spaun
Austin Smotherman
Vaughn Taylor
Peter Malnati

Mark Hubbard ($21): He's swallowed more doubles than the field in four of his last five starts but more eagles than the field in two of his last four. He racked up three eagles in Mexico and two at the Wells Fargo. With par-5 scoring crucial and big numbers not as prevalent this week, it could be set up nicely for Hubbard.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!