Following on from running our first daily fantasy games for a major last week, PlayON is pleased to announce that we will be running Daily Fantasy PGA Tour games each week from now on to compliment our Official Partnership with the European Tour – starting this week with the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Sandwiched between The Open and The USPGA Championship, The Canadian Open could be viewed as an unwelcome distraction for the players, but many may see it as a chance to re-adjust to parkland golf before next week’s final major of the year.
Largely due to its timing, this event has struggled to attract big names over the years, however this year sees the top two players in the world do battle in Ontario. Jason Day and Dustin Johnson will be hoping to get back to winning ways after mediocre performances at Troon last week. They are joined by big names such as Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jimmy Walker.
The Glen Abbey course is home to Golf Canada and is hosting the event for the 28th time. Although spectacular throughout, the course is most famous for being the setting of what is considered one of the best shots in PGA Tour history. Shown below, Tiger Woods hit a 6 iron 218 yards over water from a fairway bunker to within 18 feet of the pin to beat Grant Waite to the 2000 Canadian Open title.
Although a repeat of those sort of heroics is unlikely this year, we look at some of the contenders for a spot in your PlayON Daily Fantasy team for the 2016 Canadian Open.
High Priced Options
Jason Day ($21.8m): Having won on the same course last year, Jason Day will be a popular pick and it is easy to see why. Day’s length and consistency are big assets on the Glen Abbey course and he will be looking follow in Jim Furyk’s footsteps (2006 & 2007) and win back-to-back Canadian Open titles.
Emiliano Grillo ($20.4m): The Argentinian is in great form with an 11th place finish at the Memorial, followed by top 15 finishes at both The Bridgestone Invitational and The Open. This could be the perfect opportunity for the 23 year old to earn his second PGA Tour win.
Mid Priced Options
Jim Furyk ($15.4m): “Form is temporary, Class is permanent”. Although Furyk is past his best, he does knows how to win and was runner up at this tournament as recently as two years ago.
Jhonattan Vegas ($14.6m): The Venezuelan has moved up to 77th in the FedEx Cup standings and enjoyed a successful week last week coming 4th at the Barbasol Championship while all the big names were playing at Troon. He is long off the tee and is ranked 4th on the Tour for eagles per hole – a great way to bag an easy 100 PlayON points.
Low Priced Options
Bryson DeChambeau ($12.0m): DeChambeau came to prominence with a strong performance at this year’s Masters as an amateur. Now professional, it’s time to deliver on his incredible potential and with a touch of genius about his game, is an excellent low priced option.
Ben Crane ($9m): 40 year old Crane is still one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. His one-putt percentage’s are in the top 15 year-on-year and could be a useful player to have in your team – at only $9 million he can free up space for some of the bigger names.