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    Chris Durell

    Daily Fantasy PGA Picks and Betting Guide for DraftKings & FanDuel – RBC Canadian Open

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    The Course

    Previous Five Canadian Open Winners

    • 2022 - Rory McIlroy
    • 2019 - Rory McIlroy
    • 2018 - Dustin Johnson
    • 2017 - Jhonattan Vegas
    • 2016 - Jhonattan Vegas

    Top Targets

    Justin Rose
    World Golf Ranking (#28)
    Vegas Odds (18/1)
    DraftKings ($9,700)
    FanDuel ($11,100)

    I am taking a risk fading Rory this week and leaning towards a more balanced build and it starts with Justin Rose who is #1 in my model. He comes in with four straight Top 25 finishes led by some elite iron play as he has gained a whopping 12.2 strokes on approach over just the last two events(Charles Schwab, PGA Champ) alone. Over the last 24 rounds, he ranks(in this field) 2nd in SG: Approach, 9th/5th in Proximity from 175-200 & 200+ yards, 3rd in Par 4 scoring, 9th in par 5 scoring, and 8th in birdie or better. While he is not elite at finding the fairway(45th in FW gained L24) you combine it with elite iron play, above-average around the green and putting, and he makes for a nice fit this week.

    Matt Kuchar
    World Golf Ranking (#51)
    Vegas Odds (40/1)
    DraftKings ($9,100)
    FanDuel ($9,900)

    It has been a wild ride for Kuchar in the short-term(T62, MC, T43 last three events) but he checks a lot of boxes this week and cannot be ignored North of the border. While on different courses and never here at Oakdale, Kuchar has had success in Canada making the cut in seven of his last eight trips including five Top 10 finishes. Statistically, he profiles well for this positional course as he is accurate off the tee and despite some wild swings in the iron play, is an elite scrambler(2nd in SG ATG in this field) and very good putter. I am expecting at least a Top 25 from Kuchhhhhhhh this week!

    Michael Kim
    World Golf Ranking (#133)
    Vegas Odds (70/1)
    DraftKings ($8,000)
    FanDuel ($9,300)

    In a season where there have been so many awesome comeback stories, Michael Kim's may stand out the most. After picking up his only win on tour back at the John Deere Classic in 2018, he went on to miss 52 cuts in 65 events across four years before losing his card. He earned it back through the Korn Ferry Tour and after a rough start to the season has come on strong and shown some extended form. He comes into the week having made the cut in seven of his last eight events including top-10 finishes in two of his last three. Over the last 24 rounds, he ranks 27th in SG: Approach, 13th in Par 4 scoring, 20th in Opportunities gained, and 7th in SG: putting. The price has increased dramatically but I will be taking a shot with Kim in GPP formats this week.

    Lee Hodges
    World Golf Ranking (#112)
    Vegas Odds (110/1)
    DraftKings ($7,500)
    FanDuel ($9,300)

    After four consecutive weeks in the $6K range(DK), Hodges gets a bump into the $7K and you could argue it could be higher in this field. He has been playing some of his best golf of the season lately making the cut in four straight and seven of his last eight events including a very impressive T12 at the Memorial where he gained strokes in every shot link category highlighted by his approach game(+4.1 strokes gained on the field).  He has been very accurate off the tee(19th in FWgained L24), above-average with the irons(36th), and very good on the par 4's(7th). A nice combination for success and I will have exposure in all formats.

    Mackenzie Hughes
    World Golf Ranking (#67)
    Vegas Odds (66/1)
    DraftKings ($7,400)
    FanDuel ($9,000)

    In terms of Canadians having success on home soil, Hughes has been arguably the most consistent lately. He missed the cut in his first two Canadian Opens way back in 2012 and 2013 but since 2017, he has made the cut in four straight with a T8 in 2018 and no finish worse than T32 during that stretch. The form will drive most away but he has always been a roller coaster ride and the good news is that when he finds his game, it usually lasts four rounds. Not a cash play for me but in this price range, I will have a lot of exposure to Hughes in GPP formats.





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