It is a Saturday and after many big names missing the cut, I was wondering if there was as much interest on moving day at Glen Abbey as was hoped?
I am not surprised that the cut line was at minus 4. Glen Abbey has its challenges, but I did not find it overly complicated or difficult to play. I realize the conditions are not the same for amateurs and professionals, but neither is the skill of play. Having said that, players such as Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Adam Hadwin and Brooks Keopka did not perform well enough to make through to the weekend (so much for my golf pool at Osprey Links!). So Glen Abbey must have some teeth.
Is there enough talent left for the weekend to keep the third oldest national golf championship relevant for the next two days?
Any avid golfer would quickly look over the field and say….maybe. There are many young journeymen and old veterans vying for the win that will add an hint of interest for viewers outside of Canada. Really, the casual follower is only looking for a big name thinking that they add value to the event. As an avid viewer, I would suggest this approach is folly and that the field will provide plenty of entertainment!
Players to watch on moving day can vary, but I have my favorites. They range from top players to sentimental favourites. Additionally, I think they have a chance to win (sometimes for the first time and others in a long time) if they play slightly above normal.
Dustin Johnson. Need I say more. He is a bit hitter and provides plenty of excitement, but he is not flashy. He is like a predator stalking his prey: slow, methodical and deadly. Plus he hits the ball a country mile and that is always fun to watch.
Nick Taylor. As the top Canadian, this 30 year-old, 8-year veteran has game. Currently, he is our most logical hope to win this weekend, but he will have to have a fantastic day today. If Taylor shoots 64 or 65, he has a chance tomorrow.
Steve Stricker. He is a senior playing with the young guns. He is not flashy, has not won on tour since 2012, but with a low score of 60 in the past, Stricker has game. He is best renown for his putting and Glen Abbey appears to be giving the players challenges this weekend. So, he has a chance, but an outside one.
Jhonattan Vegas. As the two-time champion, Vegas is going for the ‘three-peat’. How can we not cheer for him just for that! He is currently 8 strokes back, but who knows, anything can happen. If it is to happen, today is the day it starts.
There are many other names on the leaderboard who have stories that will catch your attention. It really depends on what you are looking for. The field is not as strong as say The Open, but it is still quality none-the-less. I will be watching today and hoping the that Nick Taylor brings the cup back to Canada!
Will you be watching the RBC Canadian Open today?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!