This week sees the welcome return of the RBC Canadian Open. Due to the pandemic, this year’s renewal will be the first staging of this historic contest since 2019.
There are a number of big names in the line-up, possibly as a response to the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational contest.
Here’s a preview of the action…
RBC Canadian Open
This event dates back to 1904 and has been a regular feature on the golfing calendar ever since – although it remains the only PGA Tour event to be played in Canada. But because of its proximity to the US, there has always been a healthy turn-out for the Canadian Open, and the roll of honour is littered with the names of Major champions – from Arnold Palmer to Rory McIlroy. However, despite a growing presence of home golfers on the world stage, the last Canadian to lift the trophy was way back in 1954!
Prizemoney $8.7m ($1.368m to the winner)
Highest ranked players: Scheffler (1), Smith (4), Thomas (6), McIlroy (8), Burns (9), Fitzpatrick (17), Finau (18), Hatton (24), Lowry (25).
This year the players are at St. George’s GC about 15km outside Toronto, Ontario. Designed by Stanley Thompson, the course was created in 1929 and has been the host course for the Canadian Open on five occasions, most recently 2010. The course is a par 70 and is laid out over just 7,014 yards. But despite being relatively short, this week should be a test for the players as the undulating fairways, generous rough, and re-designed greens, will take some mastering. The winning score in 2010 was 14-under-par, so this shouldn’t turn out to be a birdie-fest.
72-Hole Record 258, Rory McIlroy (2019)
18-Hole Record 60, Carl Pettersson (2010)
A mixed week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 90%-10%-20%-40% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will reach the low 70s, with a good deal of cloud cover throughout the week. Winds will be light, with maximum wind speeds reaching just 12-14mph.
Outright Value Bets from The Golf Insider
These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Tyrell Hatton $26 with TopSport
I looked long and hard at Matt Fitzpatrick this week, but the feeling is that Hatton represents better value. And just on the numbers, Hatton has 7 career wins in 242 starts (including one on the PGA Tour), Fitzpatrick has 7 in 225 (no US success). Both players are in decent form, but Hatton’s extra price and previous US win – when we backed him! – tips the verdict. A creditable 13th last time out in the USPGA this should be ideal preparation for what’s coming up next week. Hatton is competitive enough from tee-to-green, and his short game is up there with the best. Solid value for me is the Englishman.
Brendon Todd $67 with TopSport
Whilst the eye is drawn to a number of names at the top of the market, as I said above, there will be a few lower down who fancy their chances of getting into the mix. Todd is a streaky performer, as shown by his back-to-back wins on tour in 2019, and his laser-guided game off the tee (Todd frequently ranks Top 10 for Driving Accuracy), backed up with a very good touch on the greens, just leaves his iron play to determine if he contends or not. In the Charles Schwab it certainly was, as Todd finished 3rd, just fading on Day 4, but if the man from Pittsburgh can hold that form, then I think he’s a sporting bet at the price.
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