Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Power rankings: RBC Canadian Open


The PGA Tour comes back across the Atlantic this week, with the Tour’s only stop in Canada with the RBC Canadian Open. Glen Abbey in Ontario hosts again as Jason Day defends what could arguably be the biggest title of his young career, the one that propelled him through an incredible summer and culminated in the PGA Championship win and the No. 1 ranking.

He’ll be challenged by Dustin Johnson, world No. 2 and winner of two of his last three events, as well other big names.

Here are our top five players for this week:

1. Jason Day — Day is the defending champion here, and he’s been playing excellent golf in the grand scheme of things. However, of late, he’s found a way to dig himself into an early hole, forcing himself to dig out before he can really contend.

2. Dustin Johnson — Johnson quietly finished inside the top 10 at Royal Troon. Two wins before that. He was a runner-up at this venue in 2013.

3. Matt Kuchar — Kuchar has finished in the top seven here in the last three years, including twice at Glen Abbey. Playing strong golf overall.

4. Jim Furyk — Furyk is another Canadian Open specialist, who is particularly great at Glen Abbey. He wasn’t wonderful at Troon, but it’s alright this week.

5. Brandt Snedeker — Snedeker won here in 2013. He has a great record in this event and wasn’t able to play last year because of an injury.

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