DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: RBC Canadian Open
Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event.
The course and field change week after week, making no two contests alike. That means you need to refine your approach for each PGA Tour event to try to find golfers who are primed to excel for your daily fantasy golf lineups.
Each week, we have a course primer, and our daily fantasy golf projections and lineup builder can help you get started, but these golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
|Key Stats for the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton GC&C|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s (400-450 yards)|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
Let's get to the picks. For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the primer.
Stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
Dustin Johnson (DraftKings Price $11,900 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds 11/2) - At just +550, DJ jumps off the board immediately this week with an absurd price that matches his absurdly good history in Canada. At the last three RBC Canadian Opens, Johnson finished first, tied for eighth, and tied for second. All of those rounds came at Glen Abbey Golf Club, while this year's edition returns to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012. Even without the course history, Johnson should be licking his chops at the layout this week. At just 6,966 yards and projected soft conditions, DJ should be able to overpower this course. He is second in strokes gained: tee to green, fourth in strokes gained: approach and birdies or better gained, fifth on par 5 and sixth on par 4s between 400 and 450 yards.
Rory McIlroy ($11,200 | 19/2) - You're splitting hairs at the top of the pricing, and along with DJ and Rory there's no denying Brooks Koepka would be a fine play at this course. But Rory gets the edge over Koepka based strictly off motivation. Koepka is teeing it up for the first time since his PGA Championship win, and as he has long been known to prioritize the majors it is difficult to imagine he's locked in here with the U.S. Open next week. In addition to focus, McIlroy gets the slight edge in stats. Both are top 10 in each of five key stats, but McIlroy outranks Koepka in all but the par 5s (naturally, Brooks is first in that stat; McIlroy is eighth).
Sergio Garcia ($9,500 | 24/1) - The field is extremely top-heavy this week. Four of the six top ranked golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field, leading to a precipitous drop in talent and pedigree below $10,000. While more and more DFS players are opting for balanced lineups, everyone will go stars and scrubs this week to try to nab two of the elite players. Sergio could be the second stud or, if you're looking for a unique build, the first man in with a construction that doesn't dip below $7,500. Garcia is 5th in strokes gained: approach, 7th tee to green, and 10th on par 5s.
Henrik Stenson ($9,100 | 41) - While the bombers get the edge again this week, approach play is still key and Hamilton is a short course at under 7,000 yards. Similar to Garcia but taken to extremes, Stenson is an elite iron player who has been awful with the putter. Of the 147 players in the field as of this writing, Stenson is 141st in strokes gained: putting over his last 50 rounds and tied for 1st in strokes gained: approach (pretty much everything here goes as well for the man he's tied with - Keegan Bradley, who is $8,500 and 70/1 to win). Stenson is also 5th tee to green, 23rd on par 5s, and 25th on par 4s (400-450).
Jim Furyk ($8,800 | 50) - One of the two men in the field that are former winners at Hamilton (the other being Scott Piercy at $9,300), Furyk did miss the cut in 2012 after his 2006 win. Both should be fairly high owned this week given their prior wins and current form, but whereas Stenson and Garcia are easy pivots off Piercy there are much harder decisions in the mid-high $8k range. Furyk is 10th in both strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: par 5s and 19th tee to green. Bradley and Stenson are the only other golfers within $500 that are ranked higher than 45th in approach. He is also the leader in career earnings at the RBC Canadian Open.
Ryan Palmer ($8,200 | 70) - You have to dip down here to find anyone close to Furyk's iron play, as Palmer ranks 13th in approach to go along with solid numbers of 7th in birdies or better gained, 19th on par 4s (400-450), and 25th in strokes gained: tee to green. Palmer finished T6 his last time out at the Charles Schwab Invitational, firing all four rounds under 70.
Lucas Bjerregaard ($8,000 | 100) - Bjerregaard was the flavor of the month coming out of the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play, coming off solid finishes at the Honda Classic and PLAYERS Championship and slaying the Tiger Woods dragon head to head. He's shown well with top 25 finishes at both the Masters and the PGA Championship since then, and while his stats on the PGA Tour are not great they are still a very small sample. He is 5th in par 5 scoring average on the European Tour this year, and as a full time member last year he was 58th but just 0.11 strokes off the leader and led the Euro Tour with 10 top-10 finishes, including 6 top 5's.
Low Priced Options
Sungjae Im ($7,900 | 90) - He's back again! If it seems like Im plays every week, it's because he basically does. He's played more events than anyone on Tour so far this season with 25, making 17 cuts with 5 top-10 finishes along the way. Im is not a long hitter but still gains strokes off the tee. He is in a dry spell, having not posted a top 20 finish in almost two months. But the talent is there and so are the stats: 6th on par 5s, 13th tee to green, and 18th in birdies or better gained.
Aaron Wise ($7,800 | 80) - Wise is probably the most talented golfer in this range, and the defending PGA Tour Rookie of the Year ranks 9th in birdies or better gained and 16th in strokes gained: tee to green. He was unstoppable in soft conditions at last year's Byron Nelson, and if he gets going with his irons he can rack up birdies in a hurry. Wise can come out of nowhere to post a strong finish, so while his lead-in form of missed cut, T41, T43 doesn't look so great, he's due for some positive regression with the putter and his talent should be able to shine through in a weaker field.
Corey Conners ($7,500 | 90) - Conners has been one of the best tee to green players this season and excels with his irons. He is 9th tee to green and 11th in approach over his last 50 rounds, a sample that includes his win at the Valero Texas Open. His next best outing in 2019 was a T3 at the Sony Open, and the common thread between TPC San Antonio and Waialea is slow greens. Conners gets another crack at soft, slow greens this week and has a punchers chance against the studs up top.
Mackenzie Hughes ($7,500 | 160) - Another Canadian hoping to win his national open for the first time since 1954. Hughes grew up about 15 minutes from Hamilton and estimates he's played the course around 50 times, though the tree removal renovation will have a major impact on how the course plays. Hughes is priced up this week given his home field advantage, but he is often a solid bargain given his above-average tee to green and approach play (42nd and 45th, respectively), and where he really shines is short par 4s. He is third in strokes gained: par 4s (400-450).
Trey Mullinax ($7,300 | 100) - Mullinax is a stats darling even as he fails to post high end finishes. He is 11th on par 5s, 12th in strokes gained: approach, 22nd tee to green, and 29th in birdies or better gained. He hasn't had a top 10 in almost a year, but the long-term form and soft conditions make him a viable choice to break the trend this week.
Adam Schenk ($6,800 | 240) - Schenk made the cut at the Memorial after two of his worst tournaments of the season, back to back missed cuts at the Byron Nelson and Charles Schwab Invitational, the latter of which he finished within shouting distance of dead last. But Schenk is 24th in approach and 28th on par 4s (400-450) and has two strong finishes in the past couple months (T13 at the Wells Fargo Championship and T7 at the Valero Texas Open). Hopefully he continues on the upswing after bouncing back last week.
Hank Lebioda ($6,700 | 350) - Like Schenk and Hughes, Vegas has deemed Lebioda's chances of victory quite thin this week. But the course fits him well enough, as he is 10th in birdies or better gained, 17th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 21st on par 5s. He fits the Conners/Schenk mold with the Valero/soft greens corollary, as he finished T17 for his best finish of the season.
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