There are only two events before the year’s fourth and final major, and just four weeks before the end of the PGA Tour’s regular season and the beginning of the FedEx Cup. Here are five groups to watch at this week’s Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Click here for full-field tee times.
7:20 a.m. ET off 10 tee: Nathan Green, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn
DeLaet and Hearn are the best bets to become only the second Canadian since 1919 to win the national open. DeLaet has top-30 finishes in seven of his last eight starts, while Hearn was a recent playoff loser at the John Deere Classic. Another two-Canadian group: Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, along with Johnson Wagner, go out at 1:05 p.m. off the first tee.
7:30 a.m. off 10: Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson
This week’s champion could come out of this high-powered trio. Snedeker is coming off a run of three consecutive top-20s, and he finished fifth the last time this event was held at Glen Abbey. Kuchar’s best finish at this event was a T-4 in 2010, but he has six top-10s and two victories this season.
7:40 a.m. off 10: Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan
It’s been a consistent 2013 campaign for Mahan, who has been in the final pairing in each of the last two majors, and has six top-30 finishes in his last seven starts. He finished fourth here in 2004. Horschel has seven top-10s this season, but he hasn’t been the same player in the past month, with no finish inside the top 30 in his last three starts.
12:45 p.m. off 1: Scott Piercy, Ernie Els, Luke Donald
Piercy won last year at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, while Els has been the hottest player in this trio, racking up three top-six finishes in his last six worldwide starts. Donald, meanwhile, is coming off a terrible week at Muirfield.
12:55 p.m. off 1: Woody Austin, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk
McDowell is playing in this event for the first time, but he won the other RBC event, the Heritage, in April. Austin won last week in Mississippi, while Furyk hasn’t finished inside the top 20 since early April.