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Interesting Field For the 2014 RBC Canadian Open

Posted by on 7/18/2014 11:58:02 PM

Every year, the RBC Canadian Open brings in one of the more diverse fields we see in the PGA all season. In 2014, the Canadian Open continues its tradition of unique player pairings and giving players who have not won a tournament their first chance at being in the PGA winner’s circle.

What: The RBC Canadian Open

When: July 21 – 27, 2014

Where: The Royal Montreal Golf Club, Ile Bizard, Quebec

American Brandt Snedeker won last year’s RBC Canadian Open by three strokes over American Jason Bohn. It wasn’t the classic battle down to the wire that the PGA would have liked, but Snedeker’s -16 winning score was extremely respectable and the rest of the field also showed that they were there to compete. With the Canadian Open taking place immediately after the British Open, it is difficult to get the big names to commit. But this year’s field promises to be extremely entertaining and competitive.

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker comes to Ile Bizard to defend his title and he has a very good chance at doing a repeat in 2014. He has two top ten finishes this year and has worked his way up to 35th in the world rankings. The last tournament Snedeker won was the 2013 Canadian Open and he looks poised to take the crown once again.

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk has not won a PGA tournament since 2010, but in that time he has had 24 top 10 finishes. After logging three wins in 2010, Furyk had some health issues that caused him problems. He only missed three cuts last year and he hasn’t missed a cut yet in 2014. He looks to give Snedeker all he can handle in the picturesque Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Stewart Cink

If you feel like it has been a while since we have heard from Stewart Cink, then you would be right. Cink has only had seven top ten finishes since 2010 and has not logged a win since 2009. He had a couple of rough years in 2011 and 2012, but he has been picking up the pace in 2014 and has only missed three of 17 cuts. Cink would love to get back on track and the RBC Canadian Open could be his chance.

Luke Donald

Luke Donald has not been in many PGA tournaments in 2014, but that has not stopped him from climbing to the number 62 spot in the FedEx Cup standings. He has only played in 11 tournaments this year, but he has three top 10 finishes. It wasn’t that long ago that Donald was a threat to win no matter where he played in the world. His touch around the green and his consistency off the tee will help him to make a run at another top 10 finish in the Canadian Open.

Graham DeLaet

He is quiet, unassuming, and even a bit shy at times; but Graham DeLaet has established himself as a force in the PGA. He is the highest ranked Canadian golfer heading into the Canadian Open and he has a real shot at winning his home country’s national tournament. In 17 tournaments played in 2014, DeLaet has six top ten finishes. He is 28th in the FedEx Cup standings and is well over $2 million in earnings for the season. He has never won a PGA event, but he has shown that he has the tools to get the job done. The 2014 RBC Canadian Open would be the ideal event for Graham DeLaet to win his first tournament and finally jumpstart his career.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson is probably the most prominent golfer in the RBC Canadian Open field in 2014 and he is a real threat to win this tournament. He has a win already in 2014 and has only missed one cut. He is fourth in the FedEx Cup standings and has seven top ten finishes to his credit this year. He is playing some great golf and he will definitely be a force at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Retief Goosen

No matter where Retief Goosen plays in Canada, he is always a fan favorite. He has run into a dry spell in his career as he has not won a tournament since 2009, but he has been playing well enough in 2014 to get himself mentioned as one of the possible candidates to come away with a win at the 2014 Canadian Open.

Ernie Els

It is absolutely impossible to deny Ernie Els a chance at winning any tournament he is entered, but the old champion is not what he used to be. His last win was in 2012 and he has only one top ten finish in 2014. Still, Canadian fans love to watch Els strike the ball and there is always that chance that Els hits a streak of good luck and could ride that home to a win.

Matt Kuchar

The way that Matt Kuchar has been playing in 2014, you have to believe that he can give Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker more than a little to think about. Kuchar has a win and nine top ten finishes so far in 2014. He is third in the FedEx Cup standings and has been playing extremely well lately. Kuchar has been deadly with his putter this year and that is what a player needs to be competitive at the Royal Montreal Golf Club. Kuchar’s only issue may be his difficulty in getting out of the rough, which definitely comes into play on this course.

The Bottom Line

The field in this year’s RBC Canadian Open looks extremely competitive and has a couple of ringers in the mix. But when it comes right down to it, the Canadian Open is won by the player who has the best skills to match the course. In 2014, Graham DeLaet has the fairway accuracy and putting chops to bring home his first ever PGA tournament win.

Pick: Graham DeLaet


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