RBC Canadian Open: O'Hair can get back to winning ways with victory in Ontario

Will Jim Furyk win another Canadian Open?
Will Jim Furyk win another Canadian Open?

Dave Tindall brings us his analysis and each-way tips for this week's PGA Tour event at Glen Abbey Golf Club...

"After a difficult few seasons since his win in Canada four years ago, O'Hair has got back on the horse this year with a second place in the Valspar Championship and four other top 20s since that play-off loss in Florida."

Back Sean O'Hair @ 81.080/1

Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Favourites: Back Jim Furyk @ 17.016/1

There are several events on the PGA Tour calendar where Jim Furyk always seems to come to the fore. One of them is The Heritage where he banked victory in April. That was his second win at Hilton Head while he's also finished second twice and posted four other top 10s there.

This week's Canadian Open is another such event. The Pennsylvanian won it back-to-back in 2006 and 2007 and has made the top 10 in each of the last two years.

His consistent record - five top 14s in his last seven Canadian Opens - is perhaps more impressive given that the tournament moves around the country and is played on different courses. His first win came at Hamilton, his second at Angus Glen and last year's runner-up finish was at Royal Montreal.

The venue this week is the par 72 Glen Abbey where Furyk was T9 two years ago and T14 in 2008 on his last two visits.

Playing well the week after a major is no easy task but Furyk appears to do it just about as well as anyone. His victory at Hilton Head four months ago came seven days on from his missed cut at Augusta National while he's obviously done extremely well in this event since it moved to a post-Open Championship slot in 2007.

Furyk has a good record on Jack Nicklaus courses (e.g. a win and two second places at Memorial) so, after a couple of promising performances at Glen Abbey, there's every reason to believe he'll play it well again and hopefully push for his second victory of the campaign.

He shot 6-under on the weekend at St Andrews when T30 so looks to have a bit of momentum.

Matt Kuchar is another in the Furyk mould who plays well here (and at Hilton Head). He's a decent alternative at the front end of the market after a second place at Glen Abbey in 2013 and a second place at the Scottish Open but he looked a bit flat at St Andrews.

At 7/1, market leader Jason Day is worth taking on after his mentally draining and agonising near-miss at the Open.

Mid-range: Back Sean O'Hair @ 81.080/1

Greg Owen has played some good golf of late and added to some impressive PGA Tour performances with a T20 at St Andrews.

Andres Romero is another to take the eye after a sudden and welcome return to form (14-MC-6-10 in his last four events). The Argentine has also made the top 25 in three of his last four Canadian Opens including a T21 at Glen Abbey in 2013.
But the mid-range vote goes to Sean O'Hair at 80/1.

"I've always appreciated coming here and playing this event. We play some fantastic golf courses. The people here are fantastic," said O'Hair in 2011.

No wonder he was so enthused, he'd just won the tournament to bank the fourth PGA Tour win of his career.

That came at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club but he also has some good history at Glen Abbey having finished third in 2008.

After a difficult few seasons since his win in Canada four years ago, O'Hair has got back on the horse this year with a second place in the Valspar Championship and four other top 20s since that play-off loss in Florida.

The latest came via a T13 at the Greenbrier Classic and ended a run of three missed cuts after he'd posted T20 in the Wells Fargo Championship. There was more to the T13 than meets the eye though as he was tied for the lead after 54 holes.

Despite his final-round disappointment, O'Hair ended the week ranked 1st in the All-Around rankings and said after his third round: "I'm playing really well. Just kind of played old-school golf, just fairways and greens and made a few putts. I feel like I've got my best golf ahead of me. I really do. I feel like I've got the game to win a lot."

All in all he makes plenty of appeal at 80/1.

Long-shot: Back Ollie Schniederjans @ 126.0125/1

There's a fair chance I'm getting carried away by the performance of the young amateur at St Andrews.

But... he played superbly to finish T12 in the Open Championship and proved that his promising T42 in the U.S. Open a month earlier was no fluke. Indeed he also survived the cut at the Scottish Open despite an opening 77.

We need to stop referring to him as an amateur now as Schniederjans has turned pro ahead of this week's event in Canada. So can he make a mark in his first event after shooting a 67 on the Old Course in his final round in the amateur ranks?

At 125/1 I'm prepared to roll the dice and say he can.

This is what he said on Monday: "My game is in the best place it's been ever. I felt great the last two or three weeks with it, and it's a long way from where I was in college this year. I'm hitting the ball really well."

Reflecting on the excellent displays of several amateurs at St Andrews, Schniederjans reflected: "You can finish in the top 5 in a big amateur event, and that could be right up there with these guys sometimes. It's definitely a testament to college in the States and how much it's developed us.

"I feel like I can compete at any level after playing the U.S. Open and The Open. Definitely a lot of confidence."

Yes, he could crash and burn and suffer a big mental let-down after the high of St Andrews but the thing is, he's not been put in at a silly, cramped price.

So at 125/1 I'm more than willing to back him to ride the wave and bank a top five finish or... even better.


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Dave's 2015 P/L (based on £5 e/w per selection)

Staked: £700
Returned: £308.75
P/L: -£391.25

(Includes last week’s Open)

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