CANADIAN OPEN PREVIEW
The PGA Tour heads to St George’s golf and country club for the Canadian Open. Canada’s national championship is finally back after a 2-year absence due to the pandemic and it returns to St. George’s Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2010.
The Candian Open is a regular stop on the PGA tour having been first played in 1904 and has been held annually since then, except for the world wars and pandemic. It is the 3rd oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour.
A regular stop on TOUR this event normally attracts some of the world’s best golfers. With 5 of the world’s top 10 here this week, we should be in for an exciting week of golfing action.
This week will consist of 156 players with the top 65 and ties making the cut.
Rory McIlroy won last time out in 2019 and he is back to defend the title he won in dominant fashion last time out. Rory was tied for the lead in 2019 with Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar before the final round kicked off. The Northern Irishman would then dominate Sunday with a round of 61 to claim the title.
Rory is joined in the field by fellow other world top 10s including the world number one and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, Players champion Cameron Smith, PGA champion Justin Thomas and multiple winner this year Sam Burns.
We will also see former Canadian Open winners Jhonattan Vegas, Brandt Snedeker, Scott Piercy, and Sean O’Hair tee it up, along with a strong Canadian contingent including Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, and Adam Svensson.
A stacked field that should provide an exciting week of golfing action.
2021: Canceled (COVID 19)
2020: Canceled (COVID 19)
2019: Rory McIlroy
2018: Dustin Johnson
2017: Jhonattan Vegas
2016: Jhonattan Vegas
2015: Jason Day
2014: Tim Clark
2013: Brandt Snedeker
St Georges Golf and Country Club.
Greens: Bentgrass with Poa overseed
Comp Courses: Detroit golf club, Colonial country club, Sedgefield country club and Innisbrook resort.
Average cut: 1 under par
Located just outside of Toronto close to the CN Tower, Stanley Thompson first designed this course in 1929. St Georges is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in Canada if not the best.
A tough test this week. ST. George’s golf course plays up and down across valleys. The golfers this week will be dealing with uneven lies, thick rough, and slopey greens. The greens were redesigned in 2014 after an ice storm that caused significant damage.
The hazards around this place are plenty with water in play on 7 of the holes, tree-lined fairways, and deep greenside bunkers that will test the very best sand players this week.
Holes 9 -11 will provide some of the best scoring chances this week, having yielded plenty of birdies back in 2010. The last hole 18 is a killer though. It’s a 471-yard par 4 nightmare which will make for fireworks come Sunday.
Strokes Gained Approach
Strokes Gained Par 5’s
Back here again! Yes, strokes gained on approach is the key one again this week, this is because ST Georges golf club offers up some of the smallest greens on tour. The players will be firing into small targets again, so accuracy on approach is the key stat for golfers that want to score this week.
The fairways around this place are small compared to what we have seen recently and guarded by trees and thick rough. With water lurking on 7 holes and long thick links-style rough, the penalty for missing the fairways is massive. Missed fairway penalties are amongst the highest on tour here so driving accuracy is well worth weighting into models.
The par 5’s here are not imposing, with all 3 reachable in 2. With all 3 reachable in 2 then scoring on these holes, in particular, will be key to the golfers’ success this week. With this in mind, I will be factoring par 5 scoring heavily within my model this week.
This week’s forecast calls for plenty of sunshine for the first 3 days with temperatures around the 22C mark. The wind is expected to blow on the first 2 days so it might be worth seeing if there’s an AM/PM advantage. Rain is expected late Saturday and early Sunday to wrap up the championship. Look out for our final thoughts article on Wednesday for further weather updates.
The PGA Tour rolls on and to St Georges golf and country club for the Canadian Open. This week’s contest has a €12 buy-in with a €4,000 prize pool.
€12 entry – Canadian Open Main Event – €4,000 GTD – 9th June – 12th June
€2 entry – Canadian Open Mini Main Event – €1,200 GTD – 9th June – 12th June
€75 entry – Canadian Open High Roller Main Event – €150 GTD – 9th June – 12th June
€5 entry – Canadian Open Round 2 – €500 GTD – 10th June
€5 entry – Canadian Open Round 3 – €500 GTD – 11th June
€5 entry – Canadian Open Round 4 – €500 GTD – 12th June
Satellite contests will run side by side with the Canadian Open Main Event contests and users can win up to 30 seats in the U.S. Open monster contest. Buy-in is set at €3 per entry for the satellite contest.
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