Canadian Open 2017: A quartet of selections to challenge the first round lead

Will his national open reinvigorate Adam Hadwin?
Will his national open reinvigorate Adam Hadwin?

Dan Geraghty picks out four big priced golfers to go well on day one in Canada this week...

"It feels like only yesterday that Adam Hadwin was flavour of the month on the PGA Tour. At the start of 2017 the Canadian won and finished solo second, among a host of good results; he even shot a 59 (at the Careerbuilder Challenge)."

It looks like thunderstorms will disrupt us at some point during Thursday's first round, making it particularly hard to pinpoint which players will get the best of the conditions.

Lee McCoy should be comfortable in Canada, he has been plying his trade on the country's PGA Tour, where he claimed his first professional victory at the Freedom 55 Financial Open in June. However, it wasn't that victory that gained McCoy his place in this week's field - he had to come through a competitive Monday qualifier, so is clearly in fine form.

Ollie Schniederjans is back for his second visit to Glen Abbey this week. The former amateur number one was 22nd here on his professional debut in 2015 and returns with plenty of experience under his belt - including a win (2016 Air Captial Classic - Web.com). Schniederjans shot a 63 to claim a share of the first round lad last week, lightning could very well strike twice.

It feels like only yesterday that Adam Hadwin was flavour of the month on the PGA Tour. At the start of 2017 the Canadian won and finished solo second, among a host of good results; he even shot a 59 (at the Careerbuilder Challenge). Hadwin is currently in the midst of a slump, but it's a testament to just how good that early season form was that he still sits 13th in the FedEx Cup rank. It's hoped a return to his native Canada sparks some improvement; he was seventh at Glen Abbey in 2015.

You can pick up some enormous prices about Sam Horsfield at the moment, but it won't stay this way for long. Horsfield Monday qualified for the John Deere last time out and faded after a fantastic start; the Englishman gets in this week on a sponsor's invite. It won't be long before results begin to improve dramatically for this prodigious talent as he begins to get comfortable at this level.


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Back Lee McCoy @ 100/1
Bacl Ollie Schniederjans @ 66/1
Back Adam Hadwin @ 66/1
Back Sam Hosfield @ 150/1

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