Expert picks: RBC Canadian Open


The PGA Tour heads to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They are joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest.

Win McMurry

Group 1: Hunter Mahan: The last time he played this Glen Abbey course, he tied for fourth (2004) and he has positive momentum coming in off a T-9 finish at Muirfield. His tie for fourth at the U.S. Open also shows his form as he plays Canada’s national championship.

Group 2: Billy Horschel: Throw out that he’s coming in off a MC at the Open Championship. He’s already a winner this year with his victory in New Orleans; he also has second, third, and fourth place finishes this season as well. With all that knocking on the door, a second win isn’t that far-fetched.

Group 3: Daniel Summerhays: He’s on a roll and isn’t letting up. Three consecutive top-10 finishes with his T-9 finish at Greenbrier, tie for fourth at the John Deere Classic and his playoff loss on Sunday at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Can’t get much better value in Group 3.

Group 4: Stephen Ames: Sentimental pick here with the Calgary resident. While he has been riding a train of three missed cuts, he tied for eighth in 2009, the last time the Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Matt Kuchar: He's become the ironman of American golf. The two-tim winner this season hasn't missed a cut since last year's PGA Championship.

Group 2: Jim Furyk: He's won North of the Border twice (2006 and 2007) and has historically played the Glen Abbey layout well.

Group 3: Mark Wilson: Although he's missed his last two cuts, Wilson's game is more suited to tight, northern layouts (he ranks eighth on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy) and at 115th in FedEx Cup points he needs a solid few weeks to secure his playoff status.

Group 4: Cameron Percy: The Canadian Open has a history of breakthrough winners (Nathan Green in 2009 and Chez Reavie in 2008), and the Australian has the look of a surprise champion.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Hunter Mahan: Fresh off the final pairing at Muirfield, he should benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere.

Group 2: Graeme DeLaet: Failure to pick a Canadian at the Canadian Open would be un-American. Or something like that. 

Group 3: Brendan Steele: Some good vibes in the Great White North for this former Canadian Tour player.

Group 4: Brad Fritsch: When in doubt, go with the best Canadian available – and Fritsch has been pretty good this year.