RBC Canadian Open Favorite: Brandt Snedeker Hitting His Stride

By Carl Conrad
Brandt Snedeker RBC Canadian Open Favorite
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This week, we will bear witness to yet another national open. This time, the PGA Tour heads to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open in Ontario. Glen Abbey Golf Club has the honor of welcoming the pros in the wake of the British Open.

A respectable field will get things going tomorrow with seven of the top 16 players in the world teeing it up. Matt Kuchar is the highest ranked player in the field at number six in the official world golf rankings.  Just because this event comes on heels of the third major championship of the season doesn’t mean that the field lacks firepower, however. There are plenty of players in the field that already have a victory so far in 2013, including Brandt Snedeker.

He had a solid outing at the Open Championship finishing tied for 11th. Had he managed to card something better than a 79 in the final round there’s a chance he could’ve given Phil Mickelson a run for his money. He’s currently seventh in the official world golf rankings thanks to three consecutive finishes inside of the top 20.

For as much attention as Snedeker’s driver gets, he’s ranked a paltry 97th in total driving. He does rank 26th in greens in regulation and 17th in strokes gained – putting, however. More often than not, when he makes it to the weekend, Snedeker performs well – ranking second and 15th in third and fourth round scoring, respectively.

He’s racked up a win, two second place finishes and a third place result so far in 2013, but Snedeker hasn’t been getting a whole lot of attention. He’s still working on coming back to full strength from a nagging rib injury that has plagued him for quite some time.

He’s in the midst of three quality outings, which signals to me the fact that the rust is finally off. That could mean big trouble for the competition.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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