Golf Rankings for RBC Canadian Open
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
In addition to leading the Tour with 22 consecutive cuts made, Kuchar heads to the Great White North coming off top-10 finishes in the Travelers Championship and last week’s Open Championship. Kuchar ranks second in scoring average and 11th in All-Around Ranking. He’s dependable as they come and arguably the top player to select from a pretty limited field.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
Over his last five starts, Mahan has collected four finishes inside the top 20, including last week in the Open Championship. He ranks third in greens in regulation percentage, fourth in total driving and 16th in scoring average. On the season Mahan has competed in 16 events, scoring a pair of victories while only missing a single cut.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
Coming off his second career victory in the Open Championship, Els is looking for his third straight top-10 finish on Tour this season (which includes the U.S. Open). Over his last 10 Tour starts, Els owns four top-fives and six finishes of 12th or better.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27
The last time the Canadian Open was held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club it was 2006 and the winner was Furyk. While he’s struggled a bit over his last three starts, Furyk ranks fourth in scoring average and fifth in driving accuracy percentage.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Following two stellar opening rounds in the Open Championship, Snedeker went a combined 7-over during the weekend but still finished tied for third. Clearly over the rib injury that kept him out for a month, Snedeker’s sharp putting skills are back on display. He ranks fifth in strokes gained – putting and ninth in birdie average.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25
Even though Van Pelt missed last week’s cut, he finished inside the top 25 in five of the previous six starts, including a runner-up performance at Congressional. He ranks seventh in strokes gained – putting, eighth in total driving and fourth in All-Around Ranking. BVP finished T20 at Hamilton in 2006.
In addition to being the defending champion of this event, O'Hair finished solo third back in 2006 at Hamilton. After registering his second top-10 of the season in the Greenbrier Classic, O'Hair missed the cut in the John Deere Classic.
Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #98
Prior to missing the cut in the John Deere Classic, Palmer had strung together four straight top-15s with a three top-fives over his last six. Palmer ranks 13th in driving distance, 19th in strokes gained – putting and birdie average, 21st in scoring average.
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #37
When Piercy makes the cut he typically finishes well. In 20 starts he’s missed the cut eight times, but has also landed nine top-25s. Piercy has been particularly sharp over his last two starts, finishing T12 and solo third while never shooting a round over par.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #16
A poor second round cost Schwartzel a chance to make the cut last week in the Open Championship. He'll have a chance to rebound in his second career Canadian Open where he finished T9 a year ago, albeit at a different venue. Given the lack of strength in this field, the time is nigh to end this mini-slump.
Kevin Na - World Ranking: #84 - Not Entered
In 18 stroke play events this season Na has finished in the top-25 half the time with six top-10s. Na did not play well in The Open Championship, but is a fairly safe play this week facing a much lighter field than what he just recently faced across the pond.
Robert Garrigus [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38
Following an impressive T4 in the AT&T National, Garrigus was working a similar finish in the John Deere Classic but dropped to T25 over the weekend. He ranks fourth in driving distance, 17th in birdie average and 21st in greens in regulation percentage.