This week the PGA Tour will head north to Oakville, Ontario where Glen Abbey Golf Club will host the 2018 RBC Canadian Open for the 30th time. Eight of the Top 30 players in the FedExCup Standings will be teeing it up Thursday with tee times starting at 7:10 a.m. Jhonattan Vegas has won this tournament the last two times and Jason Day lifted the trophy in 2015.
I always find it interesting to see how much an 18-hole round with a cart would cost at all these courses that host PGA Tour events. This par-72 golf course features a 150-foot drop off from the par-4 11th hole tee box and plenty of bunkers. I checked out tee times for this afternoon, unfortunately, the 2:20 p.m. slot won’t work for me since I’m 18 hours from Oakville. However, for $236 it can be yours. That’s how much a round of golf costs at Glen Abbey Golf Club, tickets to the RBC Canadian Open are not included.
What does RBC stand for? This may not surprise some of you but the RBC stands for Royal Bank of Canada. It’s the largest bank in Canada and serves about 16 million clients and has nearly 80,000 employees worldwide.
Has a Canadian every won the event? Yes but not since 1954. Patrick Oswald Fletcher’s claim to fame is that he’s the last Canadian to win this event. In 2004, Mike Weir was edged out in a playoff by Vijah Singh. It’s been a long time coming for the Canadians. There are 21 players from the Great White North playing this week with one-time PGA Tour winner Adam Hadwin leading all. The 5-foot-9 30-year-old has the best odds to finish as the Top Canadian Player on Bovada at +250.
So, who wins it? I’ll tell you who is not going to win it: Vegas. He’s the back-to-back champion but winners don’t stay winners forever. Someone is going to dethrone Vegas of his crowns. This week my No. 1 pick to win the 2018 RBC Canadian Open is Matt Kuchar. Since 2013, Kuchar has made four consecutive cuts with three Top 10 finishes at this event. Kuchar is also fifth in strokes gained at the Canadian Open in 30 rounds.
Matt Kuchar averages the 5th more SG:Total at Canadian Open with the largest sample size in the field. Pouler, Power and Keegan lead the "small sample size" guys. Hoffman continues to pop here along with Snedeker. pic.twitter.com/MsvW6WoRUv
— Rick Gehman (@DFSonDemand) July 24, 2018