RBC Canadian Open

Fantasy Fix

We discuss a crazy finish at the Open, Katy Perry's popularity, drinking from the claret jug, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop

PGA Tour: Fantasy Fix: Jim Furyk

Furyk is a two-time winner of the Canadian Open, including winning at this year's site in 2006.

RBC Canadian Open

Where: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

Course: Hamilton Golf & Country Club

Defending champion: Sean O'Hair beat Kris Blanks in a playoff at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

Purse: $5,200,000

This Week's Fix Six

1. Matt Kuchar
2. Jim Furyk
3. Hunter Mahan
4. Brandt Snedeker
5. Bo Van Pelt
6. Rory Sabbatini
July 24, 2012

Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where four has suddenly become the magic number. Ernie Els picked up major No. 4 at the British Open thanks to Adam Scott's four-straight bogeys. Four also happens to be the number of days it took me to clean out the entire supply of salt & vinegar chips (sorry, "crisps") from the media center at Royal Lytham. Carrying a few more pounds -- and not the kind you spend over there -- and now armed with a tad more of a worldly view, let's "carry on" and get right into this week's event.


The PGA Tour remains outside the U.S. with its annual trip to "The Great White North" for the RBC Canadian Open. This year's tournament will be played at Hamilton G&CC for just the fourth time, with the club having hosted the 2006, 2003, 1930 and 1919 editions of the event.

Random tournament fact: One of Tiger Woods' nine career missed cuts on the PGA Tour came at this event in 1997. Of course, he hit a pretty famous shot from a fairway bunker on the final hole to clinch a win in 2000 as well. . .


Sean O'Hair. Last year, he switched from Sean Foley back to his old teacher Steve Dahlby and that was supposed to be the cure. Eh, not so much. Since winning this event, O'Hair's only managed two top 10s, with one of those coming earlier this month at the Greenbrier. Reason to be encouraged? O'Hair finished solo third the last time was staged at Hamilton.


Matt Kuchar. The reigning Players champ hung around the leader board at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, finishing T-9. In other words, it was a normal week for the guy ranked No. 2 in scoring average on the PGA Tour in 2012. Although the ridiculously-consistent Kuchar probably doesn't win as much as he should, you'd have to be a "hoser" not to have him in your lineup this week.


Hunter Mahan. The ball-striking machine's stellar 2012 goes way beyond just his two wins at the WGC-Match Play and Shell Houston Open. He's made 15 of 16 cuts and racked up 11 top 25s, including a T-19 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. There's no reason to think a fifth top 10 won't come this week.

Jim Furyk. He's T-4 in scoring average on the PGA Tour, yet he hasn't won since the 2010 Tour Championship. After coming close at the U.S. Open, maybe he'll get back in the winner's circle in Canada's version. And guess who just happened to win this event the last time it was played at Hamilton?


Starters: Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, and Vijay Singh.
Bench: Jim Furyk, Bo Van Pelt, Retief Goosen, and Billy Horschel.

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