The residents of Southport can be forgiven for feeling a little shell-shocked right now. They’ve just seen the world’s very best golfers, hundreds of members of the media and thousands of fans descend for the Open. Now they’ve all gone, the clean-up operation can begin but for the PGA Tour there is no time to waste, it’s straight back to work with the RBC Canadian Open.
Just like the last two years, the host course for this week’s action is Glen Abbey Golf Course. The Jack Nicklaus design is scheduled to be turned into housing in the years to come but while it remains a golf course, everybody associated with the club is keen to ensure that it stays top quality. Therefore, several little tweaks have been made to the 7,253 yard, par 72 layout. Bunkers have been removed on four holes and the new bentgrass greens have had an extra year to bed in so should be top class.
Traditionally, going low at Glen Abbey is very possible although the weather will play a part. Winds meant the cut fell at plus two last year but if conditions remain benign, don’t be surprised to see those on par after two rounds leave before the weekend.
Kuchar to Put the Open Disappointment Behind Him
Matt Kuchar didn’t hide anything in the aftermath of the Open. The mild mannered American admitted that he was hurting having failed to win his maiden major championship but he is an experienced professional who is capable of putting last week behind him.
Kuchar is also very well suited to Glen Abbey. He’s finished no worse than ninth in his last three trips to the Oakville layout and will be confident of another tilt at the title. His repeatable swing will see him hit fairways and greens as regularly as anybody and if he takes his chances on the greens he’s got a great chance of winning at odds of 11/1 with Betfred.
Finau Trending Towards PGA Tour Win Number Two
Tony Finau is one of the seemingly endless band of twenty something golfers who make the maximum of their natural athleticism to attack golf courses in a way that pros of 20 or 30 years ago could never imagine. The 27-year-old has all the power in the world but his ball striking is an often overlooked aspect of his game. He ranks sixth on the PGA Tour for the percentage of greens he’s hit in regulation and you don’t do that without being top class with your irons. With an extended run of good golf behind him, Finau should challenge come Sunday afternoon at 28/1 with Ladbrokes.
Poulter Returns to the PGA Tour Full of Confidence
Ian Poulter has thoroughly enjoyed his time back in Britain. His social media posts have been full of time spent with friends and family and his golf has given him even more reasons to be cheerful. The Englishman was disappointed to throw away a genuine chance of winning at Royal Birkdale last week but his game remains in good shape and his ball striking makes him look each way value at 45/1 with Betfred.