Tournament: RBC Canadian Open, July 27-30, 2017
Course: Glen Abbey Golf Club, par 72, 7,253 yards
Defending Champion: Johnattan Vegas rounded back into form, shot a final round 64, and gained a 1 stroke victory over Jon Rahm, Martin Laird, and Dustin Johnson. Bulldogs Brian Harman and Hudson Swafford both had top 25 showings as well.
Fun Fact: A Canadian has not won his own national championship since 1954. This might be mean, but I just think it’s funny. Make no mistake though, there are several hot Canadian golfers playing very well on the PGA Tour and worldwide (Hughes, Hadwin, DeLaet to name a few).
TV Coverage: Thursday/Friday 4:00-6:00 pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday/Sunday 1:00-2:30 pm ET (Golf Channel), 3:00-6:00 pm ET (CBS). **This is a guess, but I’d give odds of 4:1 I’m right.
‘Dawgs in the Field (Five): Harris English, Chris Kirk, Lee McCoy, Hudson Swafford, Bubba Watson.
I risk the wrath of the Dawg Sports Shameless Commerce & Graphic Picking Department, but I just couldn’t help myself with the lead picture for this article. Sue me . (Well, none of you lawyers out there sue me, just you guys who can’t legally use “esquire” after your name.)
Back to the golf: Forgive the brevity and tardiness (to all 3 of my readers + my mom), but there was a Dawg Sports staff meeting (read: just me) on the beach this week followed immediately by a guys trip to Pinehurst for a golfing weekend starting today. Again, sue me.
We’ve got 5 of our boys teeing it up north of the border, and I like their chances. Lee McCoy is entered after having won on the Candian MacKenzie mini-Tour earlier this summer, and he had a Aaron Murray type career while on the men’s golf team in Athens. I will always want good things for Lee.
Hudson Swafford seems to be getting back to his winter/spring form, and as noted above, had a top 15 here last year. Bubba Watson played about as inconsistent as you can in last week’s British Open, yet finished T27th. This after a pitiful spring and summer by Bubba’s recent standards.
Harris English and Chris Kirk are both Tour winners, and both are honestly playing uninspired golf. A short layout for a par 72 course could do wonders for both of them, and the laid back, low-key aspect of this Canadian Open should be of benefit as both of these guys play it cool.
Just a few weeks left until the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, NFL training camps are just getting revved up, and... wait... there’s something else... oh yeah! Georgia Bulldogs Football! But while you wait, tune it on over to Golf Channel and CBS as we take off, eh?
And as always,