Key Fantasy Stats Glen Abbey

RBC Canadian Open

July 21st – 24th, 2016

Glen Abbey G.C.

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,253

Purse: $5.9 million

with $1,062,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Jason Day

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This is based on the most vital stats from Glen Abbey, based on data from last year’s RBC Canadian Open and using data from all the players in the field with stats from 2016.
Even though this event tries to move around to different courses in Canada, Glen Abbey has been used 8 times since 1998. So players have a good idea how to play the course.

The course is Jack Nicklaus first effort by himself. It’s very well loved by PGA Tour players who find the course challenging off the tee, but easy to score. Last year the course played to a 71.21 average, three quarter shots under par. It ranked 31st hardest on tour. One thing that really sticks out is that players have to drive it straight and the course can’t be overpowered. It has a very unusual finish as three of the final 6 holes are par 5, so scoring tends to come late. Even though four of the last six holes are the easiest on the course, the par 4, 14th was the hardest hole and the par 4, 17th hole was the 4th hardest. So the finish isn’t a complete lay down.

One thing that the players will have is another week of rain. In looking at the forecast for Glen Abbey┬áit’s going to rain every day and it’s going to be hot with lot’s of thunderstorms in the afternoon. There will be some wind, with it averaging between 15 and 20 mph so it’s going to be down right awful. So again have to look for a mudder to win this week.

So will every phase of the game will be examined at Glen Abbey? Not really, yes it’s tough off the tee but then pretty easy with greens that are true and not that tough. It’s a course that anybody that plays it will have a chance to win.

So in looking at our four categories, our first is Fairway Accuracy. It’s what makes this course tough and last year Glen Abbey ranked 4th hardest on tour, so you have to be straight to play well. Next up is Greens in Regulation, Glen Abbey ranked T-16th and you better be good with your irons to the greens. Our third stat is Strokes Gained Putting, we chose that because Glen Abbey was easy in all putting stats including putting average were it ranked 44th. So look for good putter to do well. Last is birdie average, lot’s of birdies are made with the average being 3.91 per player which ranks 40th on tour.

But all of this will mean nothing if the weather is poor. Just looked at what happened at New Orleans, you may have a winner that you never would of imagined winning this week.
*Fairway Accuracy: The percentage of time a tee shot comes to rest in the fairway

*Greens in Regulation: The percent of time a player was able to hit the green in regulation

*Strokes Gained Putting: The number of putts a player takes from a specific distance is measured against a statistical baseline to determine the player’s strokes gained or lost on a hole.

*Birdie Average: Average number of birdies made during a round.

Players from this year’s field with stats from 2016:

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