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Nothing Easy About It

Sunday, July 22, 2012


 

 

South African Ernie Els rallied on Sunday to come from six shots back to catch and eventually pass 54-hole leader Australian Adam Scott to win 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.  This is Els’ fourth major championship (U.S. Open 1994, 1997) and second Champion Golfer of the Year (Muirfield, 2002).  This is his first win on TOUR since winning twice in 2010 at WGC CA Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  The United States rounded out the podium as Tiger Woods and 36-hole leader Brandt Snedeker were joint third.

 

Ernie Els has had a couple of interesting years on TOUR in 2011 and 2012.  Last year, his best finish was fourth and he was scrambling just to get into the big events in 2012.  His omission from the 2012 Masters was well documented and after finishing bogey-bogey at Transitions to not close out victory AND miss the four-man playoff, some wondered aloud if this was Els’ last chance at victory.  What a difference four months can make. At the end of April, Els tasted heartbreak again as he fell to Jason Dufner in a playoff at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  After MC at THE PLAYERS andT41 HP Els was only in the spotlight for his remarks at the BMW PGA Championship in England in late May for asking the grounds staff to “put some fu@#ing water on the greens” as he finished T7.  After T58 at the Memorial, Els jumped right back into the conversation at the U.S. Open by contending, then eventually fading to ninth on Sunday.  Els had only played once since and that was last week at Castle Stuart in Scotland where he finished T52.  The question for gamers heading into this week was could Els find the form that led him to hitting the top 10 in 12 of his 20 appearances at The Open Championship or would it be the Els that was struggling in May and June.  Those of us who chose to follow history should have been handsomely rewarded as Els was T2 in 1996 and T3 in 2001 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.  Now he adds a win to those.  Easy as 1-2-3 for the Big Easy!

 

There was no pressure on the Big Easy as Sunday’s round began.  There was a blurb in my local paper that had Els quoted as saying “I feel as if I have a chance” on Sunday.  He trailed 54-hole leader Adam Scott by six shots on the first tee.  He trailed Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell, major champions, by two shots.  At the end of Sunday, he had passed them all.  Els fired four-under-par 32 coming in on the back nine (68 total) to post seven-under 273. Finishing 30 minutes before Scott, Els posted the lead in the clubhouse where no more bogeys could be made. Scott, after a birdie on 14, at the time had a five-shot lead with four holes to play before unraveling with four straight bogeys to close and lose by a shot.  His eight-foot birdie putt on eight would have forced a playoff but the talented Australian ran his putt by on the edge and Els was the Champion Golfer of 2012.

 

Els was magnificent tee to green only being overshadowed by Scott until those final four holes.  As with Scott, Els has struggled in the putting department over the years and has gone to the belly putter.  Els joins Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson as three of the last four (Watson, standard putter) major champions have sported the belly putter.  It looked like Els’ putter was going to be the weak link again this week.  Els was peppering fairways and greens but was struggling to find lines and speeds on these greens which were running slow on Sunday.  Els consistently left putts short but his putt on No. 18 almost split the earth as it rammed into the back of the cup for birdie.  If he would have gotten a few more to the hole with that speed on Sunday, the 141st Open Championship might have been boring down the stretch.  Els hits so many GIR that his putting numbers are never going to look great so remember that when you sign on with him.  He has proven, four times now in majors, that he thrives on hard courses in less than perfect conditions.  When the wind picked up at Royal Lytham and St Annes, Els went low and won another major.  On the week, Els fired three rounds in the 60’s, giving him 39 in his career at Open Championships passing the great Nick Faldo for most all time.  That’s strong.  He’ll be my favorite next year at Murifield if he’s upright and breathing.  Gamers, please note that Els mentioned in his remarks after winning that he will not be in Canada, as planned, this week. Ernie Els has decided to keep his committment and will be playing this week in Canada!

 

 

Déjà vu All Over Again?

 

In 1999, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde made history as he threw away a three shot lead on 18 before falling in a playoff to Paul Lawrie.  This year, Australian Adam Scott led Ernie Els by five shots with four holes to play after he made birdie at No. 14.  Scott bogeyed the last four holes, including misses of five feet (No. 17) and eight feet (No. 18), to miss out on out-right victory and a playoff.  Adam Scott remains winless in 46 major appearances.

 

Twenty-two of 31 (no 54-hole leader in WGC-Match Play) players who held the 54-hole lead have NOT gone on to win in 2012.  Adam Scott fired five-over 75 on Sunday to finish second and keep this very strange trend continuing.

 

Ernie Els’ victory is only the sixth victory on TOUR in 2012 for the rest of the world in 30 events.  Zach Johnson’s victory sees the U.S.A. dominance on TOUR in 2012 continue.  The U.S.A. has 25 victory in 31 events this season.  The only foreign-born players to win in 2012 are Rory McIlroy (Honda), Justin Rose (WGC-CC) Luke Donald (Transitions), Carl Pettersson (RBC Heritage), Marc Leishman (the Travelers) and now South African Ernie Els.  Don’t forget, Pettersson gained his U.S. citizenship halfway through the season but we won’t pile on…

 

There have only been five first-time winners on TOUR in 2012:  Kyle Stanley, John Huh, Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman and Ted Potter, Jr.

 

This is the 16th consecutive different winner in the last 16 majors dating back to Padraig Harrington’s consecutive victories at The Open and PGA Championships in 2008.

 

Ernie Els breaks the streak of nine consecutive first-time winners in majors dating back to Phil Mickelson’s victory in 2010 at the Masters.

 

Ernie Els will defend his last Open Championship next year at Muirfield.  He won the last Open Championship there in 2002.  He was the only player to play all four rounds at par or better this week.

 

With this victory, Els collects $1,452,078 and 600 FedExCup points.  Els is now 10th in the FedExCup standings.  Els will not have to worry about qualifying for the Masters anymore!

 

 

Young Guns versus Middle Guns versus Old Guns

 

In 31 events on TOUR in 2012 our season-long standings remain all squared after Els scores one for the “Old” guns.  The “Middle” and “Young” are tied 14-14-3, as the “Old” folks win a major.

 

For the “Young”, age during their victory in ( ), Johnson Wagner (31), Brandt Snedeker (31), Kyle Stanley (24), Bill Haas (29), John Huh (21), Hunter Mahan TWICE (29) Rory McIlroy (22), Justin Rose (31), Rickie Fowler (23), Dustin Johnson (27), Webb Simpson (26), Marc Leishman (29) and Ted Potter, Jr. (28) are your winners.

 

The “Middle” guys are Mark Wilson (37), George McNeill (36), Luke Donald (34), Tiger Woods THRICE (36), Bubba Watson (33), Carl Pettersson (34), Ben Curtis (34), Matt Kuchar (33), Jason Dufner TWICE (35) and now Zach Johnson TWICE (36).

 

Steve Stricker (44), Phil Mickelson (41) and now Ernie Els (42) are the only “Old” guys to hit the board in 2012.  At least 33% of their wins are majors!

 

 

Hindsight:

 

Adam Scott: If you were on Scott this week, you liked him because of his ball-striking and that didn’t let you down for 68 holes this week.  If you were on Scott this week you also knew the reason he was swinging the broomstick putter as well.  Scott had won 15 of the 18 times he led after 54-holes worldwide in his career.  Make that 15 of 19 and none will hurt worse than this.  In his last 20 starts world-wide, he’s finished in the top 20 in 14 of those.  He was already “lightly-raced” in 2012 and I don’t know how this is going to affect him going forward.  He adjusted his schedule to prime his game for the majors this season and that has worked.  He’s been great in the majors this year (T8 Masters, T15 U.S. Open and second this week) but I have no idea how he bounces back from having his name on the trophy to receiving the runners-up plate in less than an hour.  Nick Faldo said on the BBC that “Adam Scott will be scarred for life” after this.  I think he’s too good of a player for that to be the case week in and week out but I will have this in the back of my mind come the PGA Championship and in the majors in 2013.

 

Tiger Woods:  Gamers, you knew going in that his wedge play and his driver were his two biggest weaknesses right now and those issues continued this week.  Also, it’s no secret that Woods does not putt slow greens very well.  Other than all of that, he still ground out T3.  As Rob Bolton will tell you EVERY Wednesday at Noon in his chats with Ryan Ballengee from Golf Channel, save Woods for courses where he has dominated in the past like WGC-Bridgestone (seven wins).  In three majors this year, Woods has not broken par on the weekend (six rounds).  He’s finished T40 (Masters), T21 (U.S. Open) and T3 this week.  He’s still never won a major from behind and he still hasn’t won one since 2008.  But, he now has played 65 majors and has finished in the top 25 in 50 of them.  Not bad.  In fantasy land we don’t chose Woods to hit the top 25.  He has 30 top five finishes of those 50.  Not too bad either.

 

Brandt Snedeker: The 36-hole leader needed 40 holes to make his first bogey.  After his first one, he made four more in his next six holes to fall out of the lead.  It’s not surprising because Snedeker had never made the cut in three Open Championship appearances before this season.  Here’s what I have learned about Snedeker in 2012: Play him the SECOND week back after injury.  Opening the season, he WD at HTOC after off-season hip surgery.  He returned the following week at WMPO to T8.  The following week he defeated Kyle Stanley at FIO.  After WD at the Memorial with a rib injury, Snedeker skipped the U.S. Open to get fit.  He returned at The Greenbrier Classic to finish T38.  In his SECOND week back he’s the 36-hole leader at The Open Championship before finishing T3.  It’s a full-proof plan, obviously.  It’s his first top 10 in 10 events dating back to his quarterfinal appearance in the WGC-Match Play in February.  Check this out.  After being cut in all four majors in 2009, he’s made the cut in six of the last eight he’s played (he DNS 2010 Masters, British Open).  In those six cuts he has made, he’s finished T8, T39, T15, T11, T19 and T3 this week.  He’s a big player in big events here lately.

 

Luke Donald: In his last four Open Championships, Luke Donald has finished T5, T11, MC and T5 this week.  Don’t look up his numbers before that because they are not pretty.  I didn’t rate Donald this week, mistakenly so, because I didn’t think his accuracy off the tee was accurate enough.  I also didn’t like the fact that he constantly struggles in the U.S. Open as well, another tough test of golf.  The weather that really never materialized was a key this week and Donald took advantage of it to finish T5.  His worse score this week was one-over 71 on Saturday. The world No. 1 finished the week as the low Englishman. This is Donald’s fifth top five-finish, and seventh top-10, in 37 majors.

 

Graeme McDowell: His world was turned upside-down after his come-from-behind victory at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and his game suffered.  He mentioned this week that his fire was rekindled after playing so well at Olympic Club in June.  McDowell is another player who thrives when par is an excellent score and he did so again this week.  His abuse of fairways off the tee and his excellent hybrid play makes him a factor in the majors.  GMAC finished T12 at Augusta, T2 at Olympic and T5 this week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.  He’ll be near or at the top of my list come the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, SC. 

 

Nicolas Colsaerts: The big-hitting Belgian (not Beljan) has now finished T27 (U.S. Open) and T7 this week in his last two majors.  Colsaerts has been quiet since his victory at the Volvo World Match Play in early May.  His T11 in Paris was his best finish in five starts which included two MC.  Before the Volvo, he was on fire on the European Tour.  He racked up six top 10’s through mid May before cooling off.  He jumped on to the scene as he was in the top 10 at the U.S. Open before blowing up to 76 on Sunday.  He didn’t blow up on this major Sunday as he set the pace with 65 to move into the top 10.  One of the longest hitters on TOUR has shown me that he can also be accurate when required based on his last two finishes in majors.  He’s somebody that I will be keeping an eye on in big events moving forward.

 

Thomas Aiken: In his eight previous events on the European Tour, the South African’s best finish was T46.  He’s now made four of six career cuts at The Open Championship and he adds his T7 this week to his T8 in 2009 as his best finishes.  He was 136th in the OWGR coming into this week. 

 

Geoff Ogilvy: Ogilvy had a nice little run of making the cut in 10 straight before crashing in the U.S. Open in June.  He took some time off and didn’t play before teeing it up this week where he finished T9.  Heading into the week, The Open Championship was hardly Ogilvy’s favorite major as he had missed his last five cuts on that side of the pond.  Overall, Ogilvy had missed seven of the last 10 cuts in majors as well.  I didn’t have him on my radar this week.  His 67 on Sunday was T2 for low round of the day.

 

Miguel Angel Jiminez: Probably more famous for his stretching routines than his play recently, the Spaniard’s best finish in his previous seven events heading into the week was T39 at the BMW PGA Championship.  In 54 career starts at the majors, “The Mechanic” has finished in the top 10 eight times.  If you like him, The Open Championship is the place to play him as he has finished T12, MC, T13, T27, T25 and T9 in his last six events. He also posted 67 on Sunday.

 

Ian Poulter: Poulter was playing some excellent golf of late and he continued that form this week.  Poulter was one of the “67” gang as well today as he hit the top 10 for the fifth time in his last seven outings in 2012.  Poulter tends to shine in events when par is a good score because of his excellent short game and steady putting.  This was only his second top 10 in 12 starts at The Open Championship.

 

Alexander Noren: The former Oklahoma State Cowboy has now hit the top 19 in two of his four career tries in The Open Championship.  He was in fine form heading into the week so this result shouldn’t be huge surprise.  T10, MC, T15, T3 and T9 this week are his results in his last five events.  If he’s over for the WGC-Bridgestone, I’ll be taking a serious look.

 

Vijay Singh: Just when I’m ready to bury him and move on, the “Big Fijian” pulls another amazing performance out of his bag.  On Sunday, he made 18 pars.  That’s impossible at a major championship, right?  Well, he did it.  The talk this week centered on last week’s winner on the European Tour, Jeev Milkha Singh (no relation), not Vijay and rightfully so.  With his T9 finish this week, Vijay hits the top 10 for only the second time in 2012.  This was his best finish in a major since his T6 at the U.S. Open in 2006.  No wonder I didn’t rate him this week.

 

Dustin Johnson: Just like last year, Johnson fired 68-68 on Friday and Saturday.  Just like last year, Johnson cashed a top 10 finish (T2 in 2011; T14 in 2009) with his T9.  Johnson has proven before that he can play and WIN in the elements but he didn’t have to face any of them this week which was shocking.  This is the fourth year in a row that he’s had a top 10 in a major.  He will be a huge factor at Kiawah Island for the PGA good weather or bad.

 

Matt Kuchar: This has been a season of steps in the right direction for the ever-solid Kuchar.  He proved he could win against a big-time field when he won THE PLAYERS.  He’s been in the top 10 in almost half of his finishes in 2012 (7 of 15).  He’s finished T3 (Masters), T27 (U.S. Open) and T9 this week.  Kuchar is falling into the “automatic” category for any event he enters.

 

Mark Calcavecchia:  I chose Tom Lehman as my “old guy” to make some noise this week.  Wrong “old guy” as Calc finished T9.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen: The young Dane fought to hang on to his top 10 finish (T9) and was generally impressive throughout the week.  I had him in my Golf Channel fantasy line-up at Castle Stuart and it was very similar:  hot start, cold finish.  He’s already won on the European Tour and has serious game.  Make sure he’s on your “watch list” moving forward.

 

Zach Johnson: Well, you knew his chances of winning his week were slim and none after he won last week at John Deere.  Only Lee Trevino has won the week before The Open Championship and has gone on to lift the Claret Jug the following week.  Johnson was all-or-nothing this week as he fired 65 and 66 and 74 and 75.  Johnson’s excellent year motors on with another top 10.  He’s legit.

 

 

“Hey, whatever happened to…”  A recap of the OWGR top 10, ranking in ( )

 

Rory McIlroy (2): His best finish since winning the U.S. Open last year was here LAST year (T25).  He finished T60 this week as he disappointed fantasy gamers everywhere.  He’s too good/young to dismiss but, in majors, he’s shown that he’s not an automatic choice at Kiawah Island for the PGA.

 

Lee Westwood (3): Another major, another major disappointment for Westwood.  It’s hard to get on Westwood because his performances in majors in the last four years have been amazing.  His two worst finishes in last 10 majors have been MC (2011) and T46 this year at The Open Championship.  His two starts at The Open Championship before that were second and T3.  In his last two PGA’s he’s been T3 (2009) and T8 (2011).  He DNS in 2010.

 

Webb Simpson (5) and Jason Day (21): Paternity leave. 

 

Bubba Watson (6): Another major, another learning experience for Watson.  After claiming he couldn’t play the U.S. Open because it was too hard, Watson stuck to his game plan this week for his best-career finish, T23.  If Watson starts getting comfortable playing major golf, watch out, because he has plenty of game.  He will be a force at Kiawah Island.

 

Jason Dufner (7): Plenty of people were high on his chances this week because of his excellent ball-striking and scrambling.  As has been his story at most majors, Dufner ran out of gas as the weekend continued.  He finished T31 after playing the weekend seven-over-par.

 

Justin Rose (9): The Englishman joined Martin Kaymer (15), Phil Mickelson (16), Charl Schwartzel (19), Sergio Garcia (23) and Bo Van Pelt (25) as the players in the OWGR top 25 who did not make the cut this week.  Rose’s game looked, on paper, like it would fit Royal Lytham & St. Annes perfectly but he didn’t fire this week.  There’s plenty of pressure on the English on their home soil and playing with Woods probably didn’t help matters much.  Both Garcia and Rose played with Woods Thursday and Friday.

 

 

PGA TOUR True South Classic

 

Scott Stallings stood on 18 tee on Sunday with a three-shot lead over Jason Bohn and made it stand up for his second-career victory at the True South Classic in Madison, Mississippi.  The 54-hole leader fired a final round 68 to post a new tournament record of 24-under-par 264, beating last year’s winner, Chris Kirk’s mark by two shots.  Jason Bohn, who tied last year’s record at 22-under, was second.  Billy Horschel was third and Bud Cauley, for the second year in a row, was fourth.

 

After a shoulder problem bothered him earlier in the season, Stallings blistered the rain-adjusted True South Classic for his second win on TOUR (The Greenbrier Classic 2011).  Coming into this week, Stallings had fired FOUR rounds in the 60’s in 2012 in 18 events.  He had MC in 12 of those and WD in one other.  His best finish was T22 in his season-opener at HTOC, compliments of his playoff win last year at The Greenbrier Classic.  Last week, Stallings fired 76-71 MC at the John Deere Classic, one of the easiest courses on TOUR so I can’t believe anyone would have rated him this week knowing that 22-under won this last year.  Well done if you did! 

As we know, it’s NEVER easy to win on TOUR so well done Scott Stallings

 


Déjà vu All Over Again?

 

Twenty-two of 32 (no 54-hole leader in WGC-Match Play) players who held the 54-hole lead have NOT gone on to win in 2012.  Scott Stallings joins the chosen few (10 players) who HAVE made their 54-hole lead stick on Sunday.

 

Scott Stallings’ victory sees the U.S.A. dominance on TOUR in 2012 continue.  This is the red, white and blue’s 26th victory in 31 events this season.  Of the top 21 golfers this week, 19 flew the red, white and blue flag.  Only Ryuji Imada (T10) and Gary Christian (T13) broke up the monotony.  The only foreign-born players to win in 2012 are Rory McIlroy (Honda), Justin Rose (WGC-CC) Luke Donald (Transitions), Carl Pettersson (RBC Heritage), Marc Leishman (the Travelers) and now South African Ernie Els.  Don’t forget, Pettersson gained his U.S. citizenship halfway through the season but we won’t pile on…

 

There have only been five first-time winners on TOUR in 2012:  Kyle Stanley, John Huh, Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman and Ted Potter, Jr.

 

This was Stallings’ first-ever appearance at the True South Classic.

 

Stallings becomes the only player from the six rookies who won on TOUR in 2011 to win in 2012.

 

With this victory, Stallings collects $540,000 and 250 FedExCup points.  Stallings is headed back to Maui for the season-opening HTOC for the second season in a row!

 

 

Young Guns versus Middle Guns versus Old Guns

 

In 32 events on TOUR in 2012, the “Young”, on the strong back of 27-year old Scott Stallings have regained their advantage over the “Middle” 15-14-3.  The “Old” guns win bragging rights this week though as they took the third major of 2012.

 

For the “Young”, age during their victory in ( ), Johnson Wagner (31), Brandt Snedeker (31), Kyle Stanley (24), Bill Haas (29), John Huh (21), Hunter Mahan TWICE (29) Rory McIlroy (22), Justin Rose (31), Rickie Fowler (23), Dustin Johnson (27), Webb Simpson (26), Marc Leishman (29), Ted Potter, Jr. (28) and now Scott Stallings (27) are your winners.

 

The “Middle” guys are Mark Wilson (37), George McNeill (36), Luke Donald (34), Tiger Woods THRICE (36), Bubba Watson (33), Carl Pettersson (34), Ben Curtis (34), Matt Kuchar (33), Jason Dufner TWICE (35) and now Zach Johnson TWICE (36).

 

Steve Stricker (44), Phil Mickelson (41) and now Ernie Els (42) are the only “Old” guys to hit the board in 2012.  At least 33% of their wins are majors!

 

 

Hindsight:

 

Jason Bohn: In six events since his T9 at Byron Nelson, Bohn has four MC, a 71st and T57.  He had made eight of 19 cuts on the season.  He hit it everywhere this week (T53 driving accuracy; T69 GIR) but he made everything on the greens.  He finished first in strokes gained-putting, putts per round and was second in putts per GIR.  All together now, “Drive for show, putt for dough”.  His solo second this week is his best finish since his WIN at Zurich Classic in 2010. 

 

Billy Horschel: He’s split time on web.com and the PGA TOUR this season.  On the big TOUR, he’s played 10 events and made eight cuts.  His best finish was T24 at the Travelers.  Horschel is a steady ball-striker but he also showed this week he can go low. He was cruising along last week at John Deere before a final round 74 derailed his hopes for a high finish.  His third-place finish is his best ever.

 

Bud Cauley: He hits the top 10 for the third time in 20 events in his first full season on TOUR.   His T4 this week matched his T4 finish here last year!  Bud Cauley is your man for this event in 2013 if he decides to play.  Cauley has made 14 of 20 cuts in 2012.

 

Scott Brown: The Golf Gods are smiling on Brown ever since he WD at The Greenbrier to be with his wife in labor.  He showed up last week at John Deere and finished solo seventh.  This week, he went two places better as he finished T5.  Similar to last week, Brown heated up as the weekend continued.  He started the last two Thursdays 70 and 72 only to follow them up with solid rounds in the mid 60’s.  Brown now has three top 10 finishes in 2012.  I’m putting him on my “all-humidity” team. 

 

Will Claxton: His T5 finish is his best finish in 22 TOUR events in his career.  Claxton has made 15 of 21 cuts but had only hit the top 10 once (Mayakoba T9) in 2012.  Claxton’s ball striking is his calling card and that was the case this week.  He found the top five as he was also T7 in strokes gained-putting.  It all came together this week for Claxton.  So, four of the top five are rookies on TOUR in 2012…

 

William McGirt: “The Crime Dog” was T2 in birdies, second in strokes gained-putting and FIRST in GIR and didn’t win!!!  He shot 131 (64-67) on the weekend and didn’t win!!!  He only made one bogey on the weekend and didn’t win!  Further proof that it’s really, really hard to win on TOUR.  In McGirt’s last four events he MC three times and was T49. 

 

J.J. Killeen: The leading money winner on the web.com TOUR last year has been grinding in 2012 on the PGA TOUR.  There have been 32 events played on TOUR in 2012 so far and Killeen has played in 26(!) of them.  I’m now tired just from typing that.  His persistence paid off this week as he finished solo eighth after posting all four rounds in the 60’s for the first time.  This is only his second top 25 in 26 tries.  He’s made 12 of 26 cuts. 

 

Josh Teater: The “old man” of this group, Teater is playing in his third year on the PGA TOUR.  His solo ninth-place finish was his best since he was T7 last year at Frys.com.  His only other top 25 in 22 events was T22 at Humana in January.  Teater has made 12 cuts in 22 events in 2012.  He fired 64 twice this week and had four rounds in the 60’s last week at John Deere.  There you go.

 

Hunter Hamrick: He finished T46 at the U.S. Open in his first pro start after leaving the University of Alabama.  He’s trying to become Bud Cauley 2.0 in 2012 as he’s turned pro and is trying to secure his card halfway through the year.  His T10 this week gets him into the RBC Canadian this week.  He’s not very long but he’s accurate and an above-average putter.  You never know with these young’uns!

 

Chris Kirk: Hey, we know THIS guy!  Last year’s champ put up a good fight but he made too many bogeys this week to seriously contend.  He has run hot and cold in 2012 and it looks like he’s in the middle of getting hot again.  He was T30 last week and hit the top 10, T10, this week.  Last July he posted T8, T22 and WIN in a three-week stretch.  He might be worth a flyer in deep drafts this week in Canada.

 

Ryuji Imada: Imada has made the cut seven times in 20 events in 2012.  He has not hit the top 25 or better.  His short game is excellent but he’s struggled with every other facet of his repertoire this season.

 

 

 

 “And another thing…”

The analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton will be co-hosting a one-hour live chat with GolfChannel.com's Ryan Ballengee on Wednesday at NOON, ET. They will be breaking down the field at the RBC Canadian Open and answering your questions. Please note the day-of-the-week change.  Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter. 

 



Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.
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