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DraftKings PGA DFS Lineup Picks - The RBC Canadian Open Golf Advice (2023)

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PGA DFS Rankings Wizard - The RBC Canadian Open

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Field Size: 156
Cut: Top 65 & Ties
Top 20 Entrants: 5


Last Five Winners Of The RBC Canadian Open

2022 Rory McIlroy -19
2019 Rory McIlroy -22
2018 Dustin Johnson -23


Expected Cut-Line



Oakdale Golf & Country Club

7,264 Yards - Par 72 - Greens Bentgrass/Poa

Inconsistent yardage expectations are pronounced for a venue that measures 7,264 yards but can play between varying ranges, including up to 200 yards more than this total on any given day. Those unknown commodities are troubling from a betting perspective since they can vastly alter price points and create a substandard output. However, it is worth mentioning that these are the weeks where you can take advantage of some of that "groupthink" mentality in DFS contests since the ability to formulate projections and compare them to how other users think will start generating a game theory optimal route that you can consider.

Unfortunately, I do believe most gamers are correct that the track will play marginally similar to how it looks on paper. Eight par-four holes between 354 to 432 yards begin to tell this picture of short iron play and the need to make putts. Still, I think the one difference I took inside my model over what I have seen from others was the recalculations I ran to mimic a property with some strong corollaries to specific game types.

The forecasts for thick rough might be a little too overbearing for some in their models since I do not believe that accuracy golfers see a substantial boost over those with distance. When getting technical, I ran a 60/40 split in favor of accuracy over length. Still, this is all about creating opportunities and realizing those chances when combining weighted proximity and projected make percentages between 5-15 feet.

Essentially, find me the golfer that best creates opportunities to make birdie and then add the likelihood that they make that putt from the critical distances. For me, that will be the player that walks out of the week victorious.


Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Oakdale PGA Average
Driving Distance 283
Driving Accuracy 61%
GIR Percentage 65%
Scrambling Percentage 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.55

Key Stats 

Let's quickly run through how I built my model.

Weighted Strokes Gained Total (35%)


Strokes Gained Total Long Rough (10%)


Weighted Scoring (25%)


Birdie or Better (10%)


Expected Realization Of Opportunities (10%)


OTT + Approach (10%)


Total Number Of Top 10's Out Of The Six Categories: Two-Year Running Model

I will dive deeper into what went into these totals later in the week on my podcast. If you aren't doing so already, you can follow Bettor Golf Podcast on Twitter.


Top 50 In All Six Categories:

Last week was the first time I included this answer. All 13 qualifying names made the cut. 

*** Collin Morikawa withdrew Sunday

This Week:

Tyrrell Hatton 1
Rory McIlroy 2
Justin Rose 3
Sam Burns 4
Tommy Fleetwood 5
Corey Conners 6
Matthew Fitzpatrick 7
Cameron Young 8
Keith Mitchell 9
Ludvig Aberg 10
Adam Svensson 14
Brendon Todd 16
Adam Hadwin 19

I will start updating these weekly on my model.

Fantasy Golf Lineup Picks for DraftKings (PGA DFS)

We have tons of great weekly PGA articles, DFS analysis, tools and DFS advice. Be sure to read our other fantastic articles regarding this week's event.


High-Priced DraftKings DFS Players 

***There are five players priced above $10,000. Please remember that my DFS article is always a first look at the field. Opinions might shift as the week goes on, and I am more than happy to discuss anyone further on Twitter.

I am going to change the article this week and highlight one player in each section. You can dive deeper into the field inside of my 'Final DraftKings' article here at RotoBaller.

All three of Rory McIlroy/Sam Burns/Tyrrell Hatton are under consideration and should be viewed as incredibly playable for all the obvious reasons. Each graded inside the top 10 of at least five categories out of the six I ran and also featured as this week's 13 names to rank in the top 50 for all sections. That is a firm answer that keeps everyone under consideration, but let's highlight Sam Burns because of his early under-the-radar ownership.

Burns has been trending with back-to-back top-16 finishes over the previous two weeks and was one of two golfers (Cameron Young) to rank inside the top 10 of all metrics I ran this week. That consistency is getting overlooked by gamers clicking more frequently on other options, making Burns one of the savvier plays to consider near the top of the board. 

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Mid-Priced DraftKings DFS Players

$9,000 Range

I already alluded to my intrigue for Cameron Young in the section above, but things have gotten carried away when looking at his weekly performances.

The ball striking has remained intact throughout the recent poor stretch, and I believe that Oakdale might be the ideal venue that accentuates his strengths and diminishes his inferior qualities.

Young ranks an impressive first for weighted proximity at this week's anticipated venue, and the key to the puzzle might be his 23rd-place rank for putting between 5-15 feet. That was the same answer that made him nearly crash my model at the 'Match Play,' creating a seventh-place grade for expected realization from opportunities created.

Add that to a first-place rank for birdie or better percentage, and I legitimately think Young incorrectly goes massively under-owned at a course that plays into his strengths. I would not be surprised if he finds his first victory at this track.


Mid-Priced DraftKings DFS Players

$8,000 Range 

It looks like a strong $8,000 group. Four of these names cracked the top 50 in all six categories. We had a handful more on top of that list who should be considered in various builds, but my early favorite is Keith Mitchell.

Mitchell continues not to produce when looking at only his results, but many of these finishes have been stunted by a poor round that has seen him free-fall down the leaderboard.

The American was amongst the nine players this week to rank in the top 10 for both weighted scoring and weighted strokes gained total. In fairness, that is an output expectation that mainly featured the same weights, but he joined a list of McIlroy, Young, Fitzpatrick, Fleetwood, Rose, Burns, Conners and Hatton as the only players to land under that answer.


Low-Priced DraftKings DFS Players To Consider ($7,000+)

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Here are the top players from the $7,000s

I always seem to be the one that jumps back in on "injuries," but I am not convinced Brendon Todd removing himself from the event is the same as when Collin Morikawa did it last week. 

Todd had shot a Thursday 79 and was already doing the same on Friday before removing himself from the field. If that causes a decrease in ownership from the only player inside my model to crack the top 50 of all six categories in the $7,000s, I am fine taking a shot on that sub-10 percent going rate. 

We will dive into these other names more as the week goes on for those wondering where I stand in different spots. Names like Ben Griffn are strongly leaning toward being in the player pool. 


Sub-$6,000 Options To Consider

I'll condense this list down more when we get better ownership. Overall, I am not in love with the $6,000s.



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