Ranking the Canadian Open field: Tour's brightest stars chase world No. 1
With the 156-man field set to take on Glen Abbey Golf Club for the Canadian Open, the competition looks to be the strongest in recent memory. Five of the world's top 20 golfers, plus a ton of other notables, made the trip from Scotland to Canada, hunting for FedEx Cup points with only a few events remaining in the season.
This will be the 30th time Glen Abbey will play host to the third-oldest stop on Tour. It's a short, 7,253-yard par 72 that gives a massive advantage to those who can bomb it off the tee. Expect a ton of birdies, plenty of eagles, and a leaderboard loaded with big names.
Here, we rank the top 10 in the field (betting odds in parentheses).
10. Jhonattan Vegas (50-1)
Not including the back-to-back winner of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey would be egregious. Vegas loves this course and proved his recent form doesn't matter by winning last year after entering with five straight missed cuts. With the best moments of his career occurring in Canada, expect the Venezuelan to feel right at home once again.
9. Sergio Garcia (33-1)
Garcia's struggles have been well-documented this season. Prior to his missed cut at The Open, he rattled off two top-12 finishes in Europe. This glimpse of form shows something clicked with the Spaniard's game. He could easily end up ball-striking Glen Abbey to death for four days.
8. Matt Kuchar (25-1)
Kuchar is a staple at the Canadian Open and has found success at the event. Though it's not held at Glen Abbey every year, the 40-year-old journeyman finished inside the top 10 at the Canadian Open four of the past five tournaments, including a runner-up performance in 2013.
7. Gary Woodland (45-1)
Length will be at a premium at Glen Abbey this week, and Woodland possesses a ton of it. He ranks 10th in driving distance and fifth in strokes gained: off-the-tee for the year, putting him in elite territory. The 34-year-old overpowered the soft Toronto-area track last season and is likely to do the same this week.
6. Charley Hoffman (22-1)
Hoffman is another individual who plays very well at Glen Abbey. He lost in a playoff last season to Vegas and finished in a tie for seventh in 2015. After finishing tied for 17th at The Open last week, the 41-year-old enters the Canadian Open with three straight top 20s, a streak that won't end this week.
5. Tommy Fleetwood (16-1)
A surprise entrant into the Canadian Open field, Fleetwood is making his first appearance in Canada and it should be a good one. He's incredible off the tee and owns an approach game that, when it's on, is unmatched. Still searching for his first win on the PGA Tour, this could be Fleetwood's best chance of entering the winner's circle.
4. Bubba Watson (18-1)
Watson missed the cut at The Open last week, but as he's proven time after time, he plays better at courses he's comfortable on; Glen Abbey is one of those places. After finishing second in 2015 and making three straight cuts, there's a strong chance the Canadian Open will become his fourth title this year.
3. Brooks Koepka (11-1)
It'll be bombs away for Brooks. There aren't many courses Kopeka can't overpower, but give him a short par-72 and it's game over. He will dominate Glen Abbey's par 5s and make plenty of birdies over four days. The two-time U.S. Open champ is an obvious front-runner to claim the title.
2. Tony Finau (14-1)
Finau continues to exceed expectations at majors. After tying for ninth at The Open to give him three top-10 finishes in the year's biggest events, it's only a matter of time until he plays well in a mid-level tournament; the Canadian Open is a perfect spot. The Utah native ranks third in driving distance and 14th in birdie or better percentage on the year, giving him the tools to contend in the likely shootout at Glen Abbey.
1. Dustin Johnson (6-1)
The world's No. 1 golfer looks destined to claim his third title of the season at the Canadian Open. Johnson has two runner-up finishes and another top-10 finish in his last three appearances at Glen Abbey. Those results are what you'd expect from a player who fits the Jack Nicklaus-designed course perfectly. Coming off his first missed cut of the season at The Open, look for DJ to bounce back in a big way.
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