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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Canadian Open

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at Rotoworld.com. 

Here is a quick rundown of what sites and formats we will cover each week: 

Page 1 will feature all of our selections for GolfChannel.com and Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.
Page 2 will go over One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Golf picks. 

Mo Yoshimoto recaps The 145th Open as well as the Barbasol Championship, including which side got the best tee-time draw, what we learned, and more. The Open and Barbasol Recap

Now for the picks... 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf

Ryan O’Sullivan


2016 Earnings: $15,579,471

2016 Rank: 4,847 of 41,339

Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Tony Finau

Group 3: Jonas Blixt
Group 4: Sam Saunders

ANALYSIS: Blixt is a nice pick in this format where top-heavy payouts are worth much more than a consisteny cut made. As a two-time PGA TOUR winner, we know he can really pop when he pops. 

Josh Culp


2016 Earnings:  $13,998,697

2016 Rank: 9,993 of 41,339


Group 1: Jason Day

Group 2: Emiliano Grillo

Group 3: Chez Reavie
Group 4: Jon Rahm

ANALYSIS:  A little mix of power and accuracy here. Reavie is a past winner at Glen Abbey. Rahm is in group four, but if he maintains his early pace as on the PGA TOUR, we could see him up in Group 1 or 2 by this time next year. 



Mo Yoshimoto



2016 Earnings: $14,853,662

2016 Rank: 6,956 of 41,339


Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: William McGirt

Group 3: David Hearn
Group 4: Michael Johnson

ANALYSIS: McGirt has found a way to contend at this event, regardless of the course. That includes a 5-for-5 record with a pair of runner-up finishes (2012 and 2013). 

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

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Josh Culp

“Future of Fantasy” 

Full Season Points: 4,059
Full Season Rank: 7,821
Summer Points: 455
Summer Rank: 7,520


Group A

Jason Day (6): Easy plug-and-play for the defending champion. Has won six times since his 2015 RBC win. 

Dustin Johnson (3): Tony Finau is a very good option here if you're looking to save starts, but with the season winding down, I am willing to play the best available. 

Tony Finau

Group B

Charley Hoffman (8): No explanation needed here. Given the strength of this field, Hoffman actually leads the B-List in Yahoo! points per event this season (32.44). 

Ryan Palmer (7): Much like Hoffman, he's surprisingly consistent, week-to-week, for how crazy some of his scorecards look. He finds a way to get it done, and this week should be no different. 

Kevin Kisner (9): Is showing signs of form after a mid-season slump. Has finished top 10 in each of his last two trips to Canada, but making first start at Glen Abbey. 

Brandt Snedeker (6):I nearly grabbed Chad Campbell in this spot due to a nice track record at Glen Abbey, but Snedeker won out due to pure class. Nobody in the B-List has a better Yahoo! scoring average (41.33) at this event. 


Chad Campbell, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Jim Furyk


Group C
Emiliano Grillo (10): Given the lack of field strength this week, the Argentine stands out unlike a lot of weeks. I will be using him in all formats and Yahoo! is no different. 

Matt Kuchar (2): Nearly went with Chez Reavie here (past winner) or Jon Rahm (massive upside) but decided not to get cute. I only have two Kuchar starts remaining, but I'm okay finding other options once I run out. 

Chez Reavie, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau


Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

“The Golf Aficionado”

Full Season Points: 4,095
Full Season Ranking: 6,000
Summer Points: 391
Summer Rank: 26,921


Group A
Dustin Johnson (4) and Jason Day (4)

Group B
Charley Hoffman (7), Brandt Snedeker (4), William McGirt (9), and Jim Furyk (10)

Group C
Jonas Blixt (10) and Matt Kuchar (2)


Mo Yoshimoto



Full Season Points: 3,966
Full Season Ranking: 12,866
Summer Points: 343
Summer Rank: 36,291

Group A
Dustin Johnson (6) and Tony Finau (8)

Group B
William McGirt (9), Brandt Snedeker (5), Ryan Palmer (7), and Jim Furyk (9)

Group C
Matt Kuchar (5) and Emiliano Grillo (10)




Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team each week. 

This week I will enter the following lineup into the $3 Birdie contest. 

This contest has a large number of entries, with guaranteed prize payouts, which means we can't play it safe if we want to see our name at the top! 

DraftKings Picks:

Jon Rahm ($8,600): He doesn't break the bank, but he provides birdies in bunches. Still fighting for TOUR status, he will enjoy the level of competition this week compared to last week at The Open. 
Emiliano Grillo ($8,500): Top 15s in four of his last five starts internationally, three of his last four on the PGA TOUR. Ride the hot sticks here. 

Luke List ($6,600): Posted just two top 30s in 24 starts during the 2013 season, one of them was at Glen Abbey. He can really take advantage of the par 5s with his distance. 

Tony Finau ($9,300): We're not done adding firepower yet. Finau was right in the thick of things all week in his debut at The Open. Now he gets to relax and take on four reachable par 5s. Should really be able to rack up the birdies and potentially an eagle or two. 

Bryson DeChambeau ($8,100): Spent all of last week dialing in his new clubs. He's flashed upside early in his career and if he's finally comfortable with his new irons, we may see him jump up the leaderboard again. His time to earn Special Temporary Membership is running out as well, adding extra fuel to the fire. 

Charley Hoffman ($8,900): Faded over the weekend at Royal Troon (77th Place) but in a way that is good. His weekend rounds were pretty care-free and it should be a relief to escape the 30 mph gusts and take on a much easier challenge at Glen Abbey. 

Other Picks to Consider
Chez Reavie ($7,100): He's a past winner at Glen Abbey (2008). We've seen him post some of his best finishes on bentgrass greens so he should enjoy the new surfaces this week. 

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($6,800): It looks like whoever set the salaries this week might have tweaked the algorithm. The Englishman is one of the rising stars on the European Tour, but we aren't forced to pay a "rising star" price this week. He should really be in the same range as golfers like DeChambeau and Rahm. We're getting a great value here, but he still has to go out and contend for it to be worth it. 


Each week I think aloud to provide you with my One-and-Done selection as well as a few alternatives. Fade or Follow? You decide!

This week is on the easier side of the spectrum when it comes to narrowing down plays. That doesn't mean the results will be easy, though. 

If you have Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, or Matt Kuchar, they are great picks but that is true every week with them.

After the big three my next tier drops down to Tony Finau, Emiliano Grillo, Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Daniel Summerhays, and Charley Hoffman

I don't think you need to look past this group of 11 golfers this week. For me, the final decision comes down to Tony Finau or Emiliano Grillo. I will go will Emiliano Grillo due to his current form. He's collected four top 15s over his last five international starts. Only one of those was not on the PGA TOUR, a runner-up finish at the ISPS HANDA Global Cup on the Japan Golf Tour. 


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Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.