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RBC Canadian Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
RBC Canadian Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Davis Riley captured the first individual PGA title of his career with a dominant, five-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge on Sunday.

Now, the PGA Tour heads north to Ancaster, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Here's all you need to know for PGA DFS on FanDuel for this week's event.

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Hamilton Golf and Country Club Course Info

All course data from GCSAA unless otherwise noted.

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,084 yards
  • Average Fairway Width: 31.2 yards (30th of 86 courses)
  • Average Green Size: 6,000 square feet (average)
  • Green Type: Bentgrass
  • Stimpmeter: 11-12
  • Recent Winning Scores: -22 (2019), -17 (2012), -14 (2006)
  • Recent Cut Lines: E, -1, E

Hamilton Golf and Country Club Key Stats

RBC Canadian Open DFS Top Plays

These picks stand out relative to their FanDuel daily fantasy golf salary. All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds unless otherwise noted. All betting odds come from the golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

RBC Canadian Open Daily Fantasy Studs

Rory McIlroy ($12,800 | +360)

With no Scottie Scheffler in the field this week, Rory McIlroy has a significant edge on win odds at the top of the field. McIlroy won this event the last time it was played at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in 2019. He set the RBC Canadian tournament record that week at -22.

McIlroy ranks first in the field in total strokes gained, strokes gained: tee to green, and strokes gained: off the tee. This week's course is on the shorter side, but strokes gained: off the tee is still important; McIlroy led the tournament in it during his win in 2019 (+1.73 strokes gained per round). McIlroy is in the 84th percentile in proximity from 100-150 yards over the last 12 months and 91st percentile from over 200 yards -- two distances that feature more often at Hamilton than at an average PGA Tour course.

Rory enters this week in excellent form with a win and a T12 finish in his last two individual events. His putting is always a topic of conversation, but he has gained strokes with the flat stick in six of his last seven events.

Sahith Theegala ($11,400 | +1800)

A poor round on Sunday sunk Sahith Theegala to a T12 finish at the PGA Championship, but up until that point, he was playing well enough to win the event. Outside of his play around the greens, Theegala has a complete game. He ranks inside the top 10 in the field in every other strokes gained category -- highlighted by a second-place rank in both strokes gained: putting and total strokes gained.

Theegala is closer to tour average in proximity from 50-100 yards (59th percentile) and 100-150 yards (65th percentile) but he is exceptional from over 200 yards (95th percentile). Off the tee, he is more long (25th in the field) than accurate (73rd) but he has hit fairways at an above-average rate in four of his last five events while also gaining distance on the field.

Others to Consider:

  • Shane Lowry ($11,300 | +2200)
  • Alex Noren ($10,800 | +2200)
  • Adam Scott ($10,600 | +3300)
  • Tom Kim ($10,300 | +3500)

RBC Canadian Open Daily Fantasy Mid-Range Plays

Nick Taylor ($9,800 | +6500)

Since his win in Phoenix in February, Nick Taylor only has one top-20 finish in eight individual events. A big reason why has been his approach play, which started to decline after the Valspar Championship. He has lost at least 0.63 strokes on approach per round in three of his four events since then. Before that decline, Taylor had gained strokes on approach in nine consecutive events to start the season.

Part of the reason for Taylor's struggles is the length of courses at his recent events. Valhalla, Quail Hollow, and Augusta National all require an above average number of approach shots from over 175 or 200 yards. On approach shots from 200 plus yards, Taylor is in the 37th percentile for proximity and 10th percentile for greens in regulation. Taylor is far better at shorter approach shots. His proximity from 150-200 yards is in the 78th percentile, and from 100-150 yards, it's in the 94th percentile.

Taylor is also more accurate (53rd) than long (110th) off the tee. His lack of distance shouldn't hurt him as much this week. He is 14th in the field in strokes gained: putting and can capitalize on opportunities if his approach game improves. Last year's RBC Canadian Open winner finished T27 at this course in 2019.

Davis Thompson ($9,700 | +5000)

Davis Thompson comes into this week in a solid run of form with four finishes of T21 or better in his last six individual events -- including a T2 at the Myrtle Beach Open and T17 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Over his last 50 rounds, Thompson is averaging strokes gained in every category. He is 27th in strokes gained: approach, 21st in strokes gained: tee to green, and 19th in total strokes gained. His strokes gained: putting (+0.07 per round) average is the best of his career, and his strokes gained: around the green (+0.15 per round) is his best since turning pro. His approach play from 200 plus yards is a strength, ranking in the 93rd percentile in proximity and 91st percentile in strokes gained per shot.

Others to Consider:

  • Akshay Bhatia ($9,900 | +4500)
  • Adam Svensson ($9,400 | +6500)
  • Ryo Hisatsune ($9,000 | +7500)

RBC Canadian Open Daily Fantasy Value Plays

Seamus Power ($8,900 | +10000)

Seamus Power has two impressive results in his last three events with a T16 at the Wells Fargo Championship and a T12 at the RBC Heritage. In between, he missed the cut at THE CJ CUP Byron Nelson. Power's approach play has been the difference-maker. Against stacked fields he finished 3rd and 10th in strokes gained approach at the Wells Fargo Championship and RBC Heritage, respectively. He is 41st in the field in strokes gained approach and 30th in driving accuracy.

Power's approach game falls off at longer distances, but inside of 150 yards, he is excellent. This season from 50-100 yards, he is in the 80th percentile in strokes gained per shot and 72nd in proximity. From 100-150 yards he is the 90th percentile in strokes gained per shot, 94th in proximity, and 89th in greens in regulation.

Chandler Phillips ($8,000 | +17000)

Chandler Phillips comes into this week off a T12 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge. In his rookie season, Phillips is averaging strokes gained in every category except off the tee, where his lack of distance (96th in the field this week) hurts him. His accuracy is decent though (54th) and his approach game is what really sets him apart.

Phillips is 19th in the field in strokes gained: approach and 38th in total strokes gained. He is especially effective from distances that will be important this week. Since January 1st, from 50-100 yards, he is in the 89th percentile in strokes gained per shot and 86th in proximity. From 100-150, he is in the 96th percentile in strokes gained per shot and 99th in proximity -- tied with Tom Hoge for best on tour. From over 200 yards, he is in the 92nd percentile in strokes gained per shot and 83rd in proximity.

Others to Consider:

  • Thorbjorn Olesen ($8,900 | +9000)
  • Kevin Tway ($8,500 | +17000)
  • Mac Meissner ($8,200 | +8000)

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