It’s the week before the US Open at Pebble Beach, so the obvious place for the PGA Tour to warm up is … Canada!
That said, this year’s RBC Canadian Open has attracted a star-studded field. It is headed by the top two ranked players in the world Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, as well as no. 4 Rory McIlroy and no. 6 Justin Thomas.
Of those four, it’s DJ, the defending champion, who holds the most appeal given his strong record at this tournament.
However, this week’s tournament is being held at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, moving from Glen Abbey. While last year’s venue rewarded length, this year’s venue is quite short, with a number of doglegs and may suit players with good positional sense rather than pure power off the tee.
With this in mind, our first pick is Jim Furyk. Last year’s US Ryder Cup captain has been playing very well since being relieved of that onerous responsibility and this type of course will suit.
Our second selection is Brandt Snedeker. Not the longest of hitters, this American has a great record in the Canadian Open, including one week and four other top eight finishes. He has enjoyed this course in the past, and we’ll take a punt on him this week.
Furyk 0.5 pts each way at 45/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, Paddy Power
Snedeker 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first six places, BetVictor
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