Charlie Beljan withdrew from the field late Wednesday evening opening up a slot for Stroud. The 35-year-old is coming off three straight cuts made including a T35 at last week's Barbasol Championship. He could make an intriguing punt play in DFS formats, as he is likely to see low ownership given his last minute entry into the field.
After withdrawing two weeks ago at the John Deere Classic due to an undisclosed reason, Beljan was set to return to action this week. However, he has apparently suffered a setback. The 240th ranked player in the FedExCup standings will be replaced in the field by Chris Stroud.
Johnson, who infamously slipped on a flight of stairs prior to the 2017 Masters, continues to experience tightness in his back as he heads to the RBC Canadian Open this week. "No pain or anything like that. But it's still a little tight. I'm having to get worked on a good bit just to try to loosen up those muscles and those tendons where it got injured," Johnson said Wednesday regarding the injury. He's missed two cuts in his last three events and hasn't won since March, but he remains at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. At this point it doesn't sound like Johnson would withdraw during a start, but he might not be 100 percent for the PGA Championship in two weeks.
It was a struggle for Luiten who made two birdies to five bogeys. This was still his best finish in the Open Championship. The 31-year-old has been very consistent over the last several months as he has made 18 of 19 cuts. Surprisingly he only has one top-10 during that stretch.
Na made three bogeys and only managed one birdie on Sunday. A birdie-free five-over second round hurt him the most this week in the worst of the conditions. Na has played in 21 events thus far this season and has three top-10's and five top-25's. His performance has been off comparing to what he did last year when he racked up eight top-10's and 14 top-25's, including four top-three results. Na is not in the field for the RBC Canadian Open.
Jaidee carded three birdies to three bogeys on Sunday. This was the 11th start at the Open Championship for the 47-year-old. He has now made six straight cuts in this event along with three top-30's. Jaidee has 31 total major starts and is still looking for his first top-10.
Saunders, originally an alternate for this week's event at Glen Abbey, will be in the field after Brandt Snedeker (ribs) elected to withdraw. Saunders has made five cuts in his last seven events, most recently finishing T55 at the Barbasol Championship.
Snedeker was originally expected to be in the field this week at Glen Abbey, but the rib injury that forced him out of the Open Championship will continue to keep him sidelined. His next chance to return will come at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational if he elects to play, but he may need an extra week of recovery with the PGA Championship looming in the near future as well. Alternate Sam Saunders will be in the field this week in Canada as a result of Snedeker's WD.
Stricker remains without a coveted major championship victory, but the 50-year-old continues to be a cut-making machine in the big events. He's now made 26 consecutive major cuts, while he's currently 105th in the FedExCup standings despite only playing in 11 events.
Kaymer worked his way inside the top-40 after making the cut by just one stroke, entering the weekend at four-over-par. It wasn't his best ball-striking week as he hit just 55.6 percent of the greens in regulation and 46.4 FIR percentage. Kaymer is qualified for both the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship, where he'll likely make his next two starts.
Going low on Sunday allowed Kang to move up 30 spots on the leaderboard. He made three straight birdies followed by two straight bogeys on his front nine, then played his final nine in three-under to get in the clubhouse with a 66. Kang has been busy this season with now 27 starts. He has three top-10's and eight top-25's, while sitting 36th in the FedExCup standings. Kang will also tee it up at the RBC Canadian Open this week.
Kjeldsen has now finished top-40 in four consecutive major tournament appearances, but he's fallen to 77th in the Official World Golf Ranking after starting his 2017 campaign at No. 48. He was ranked T3 in terms of GIR percentage at Royal Birkdale this past week, while also hitting the fourth-most fairways in regulation.
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