RBC Canadian Open Golf DFS Picks: Underdog Cheat Sheet, 4 Potential Sleepers

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Written By John Haslbauer | Last Updated
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The PGA TOUR heads north of the border with Hamilton Golf & Country Club next on deck to host the 2024 RBC Canadian Open. Last week’s PGA TOUR golf DFS picks article identified eventual runner up, Keegan Bradley, as a strong Fantasy value. We’ll look to keep that momentum going into this week.

Hamilton Golf & Country Club has not been a regular in the Canadian Open rota, and following an extensive renovation project since we were last here in 2019 makes for even less certainty as to how the course will play. What we know for sure, however, is that this 7,084 yard par-70 will level the playing field for short and long hitters alike, with spike iron play and putting likely to separate contenders by week’s end.

We’ll look to dig for some diamonds in the rough in this article ahead of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.

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RBC Canadian Open Underdog Fantasy Draft Tiers

Underdog snake drafts include RBC Canadian Open contests that strip away the complexity of traditional DFS lineup-making. John’s golf picks may provide valuable sleepers for your Underdog golf drafts.

Tier 1

Rory McIlroy
Cameron Young
Shane Lowry
Sahith Theegala

Tier 2

Tommy Fleetwood
Alex Noren
Sam Burns

Tier 3

Adam Hadwin
Aaron Rai
Corey Conners
Keith Mitchell
Tom Kim
Akshay Bhatia

Tier 4

Erik van Rooyen
Taylor Pendrith
Mark Hubbard
Patton Kizzire
Dylan Wu
Mackenzie Hughes

Tier 5

Mac Meissner
Carson Young
Ryan Moore

FINDING VALUE IN GOLF DFS PICKS: RBC Canadian Open

To identify “value” any given week on the PGA TOUR, I find it’s best first to understand the consensus key stat profile. Then, take a stance on the elements of the tournament that may go overlooked. At the RBC Canadian Open, Recent Form, Driving Accuracy, and Event History are consensus key areas factored into each player’s price.

From a golf DFS picks perspective, I will take a stance primarily on the importance of Comp Course History, SG: Putting, and Approach Proximity from under 150 yards and over 200 yards. Putting in particular is an area that separated contenders from the rest of the field the last time Hamilton Golf & Country Club hosted, so I’m looking particularly for players with spike putting upside.

Below, find my favorite value PGA golf Fantasy picks and longshots for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open. Stats pulled across Last 36 Rounds unless otherwise noted.

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RBC Canadian Open Course Specs

For a deeper dive into the course, read my RBC Canadian Open preview

Tom Kim ()

I’m cheating a little bit here abandoning my own standards of what qualifies as a “Sleeper” for this article’s sake, but Tom Kim is a non-obvious choice this week who may still slip down the board in the Underdog Fantasy drafts.

Positioning is key at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, and that is Kim’s greatest strength as the 21 year old has already put on display with his wins at the Shriners Open (twice) and Wyndham Championship. He ranks top-5 in terms of Driving Accuracy and average distance from the fairway on misses off-the-tee.

Positioning and putting on large undulated greens were also key attributes required the last time we saw a Harry Colt designed course in action at Royal Liverpool, site for the 2023 Open Championship. Kim impressed that week with a T2 finish, and will enter Hamilton in similar preceding form with four top-30 finishes over his last eight starts.

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Mac Meissner (+9000)

I first learned who Mac Meissner was last week, but he has rapidly become the trendiest sleeper pick across the industry leading into the Canadian Open. The 2024 PGA TOUR rookie looked very impressive at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week, gaining across all four strokes gained categories. That marked his third top-15 finish over his last six starts, with strong showings at the Myrtle Beach Classic and Valero Texas Open over that stretch as well.

With limited starts under his belt thus far, it’s still too early to say what Meissner’s profile is or isn’t, however over the last two months, he has held his own amongst the PGA TOUR’s best, ranking No. 6 in SG: TOT, and top-30 in SG: APP, SG: ARG, and SG: Putting. With Colonial CC serving as one of the top comp courses to Hamilton Golf & Country Club, he’s a viable top-20 candidate if he can continue to ride this hot streak across the border.

Ben Silverman (+12500)

It wouldn’t be right to write about Canadian Open sleepers and not mention any Canadians. Silverman is older than the more popular cast of Canadians that includes Conners, Hadwin, Hughes, Pendrith, Taylor, and Svensson, but he checks just as many boxes for Hamilton Golf & Country Club, if not more.

Silverman has been fighting his way back on the PGA TOUR since losing his card in 2019, and has taken advantage of the opportunity since regaining full time status in 2024 with four top-20 finishes this season. Though lacking in distance off-the-tee, Silverman is a fairway-finder who’s taken advantage of his opportunities on sub-7,200-yard courses. His best finishes this year have come at the Sony Open, Cognizant Classic, Mytrle Beach Classic, and Charles Schwab Challenge, which all share the same importance of position off-the-tee.

This won’t be Silverman’s first look at Hamilton Golf & Country Club either, as he finished top-20 when the Canadian Open was last here in 2019. Coming in off of back to back top-30 finishes, Silverman makes for an appealing top-20 flyer this week.

Dylan Wu ()

Overall, the 2024 RBC Canadian Open field is very thin, with a steep drop off in win equity after the first 25 or so names. With tempered expectations for the rest of the field, it’s important from a Fantasy perspective to find cut-makers who can make a top-30 placement push. That’s where Dylan Wu slots in nicely.

Wu snapped a streak of seven consecutive cuts made at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week, but I’m not one to overreact to two mediocre rounds of golf. Over his last 10 starts, Wu has piled up six top-30s, including a T19 at THE PLAYERS to demonstrate his fit for positional venues.

From a comp course perspective, Wu has maintained that reliable top-30 placement value with T25 finishes at the Canadian Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic last season. Ranking top-40 in SG: APP. SG: ARG, SG: Putting, and Comp Course History, Dylan Wu brings a high ceiling for fantasy lineups in need of a cut-maker.

Shop the best odds at sports betting sites for PGA TOUR sleepers and more highly-touted players before betting, including for top 10, top 20, etc. Best of luck if you choose to bet on these golf DFS picks!

GOLF DFS PLAYER POOL

With all the course-fit profiles in mind, I’m leaning early toward the below player pool. Naturally, I’m looking their way in the 2024 RBC Canadian Open odds as well. I’ve broken the list down by projected pricing/odds tier for DraftKings.

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