Reigning champion Day the Canadian Open betting favourite
The Olympic Games and the Ryder Cup have forced changes to the Tour schedules in 2016 and so there is just a fortnight between the final two Majors of the year. After a stunning final day at the Open, players have just eleven days before they tee off for the PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
While many of the European players get a week off, there’s still a strong field at Glen Abbey this week. Keep reading for our 2016 Canadian Open betting preview.
Lots of scoring opportunities at Glen Abbey
Sandwiched by tough Majors, the Glen Abbey course offers a bit of light relief and plenty of scoring opportunities. The par-72 course doesn’t require particular accuracy, as evidenced by last year’s winner Jason Day who ranked T73 for driving accuracy over the four days.
Last year’s field averaged 71.21 and converted a whopping 82 eagles – the most on any course since 2008. Four par-5s certainly help the scoring and a score of around 17 under par will be needed to win this week.
Canadian Open betting – your favourites
Jason Day‘s win at this tournament in 2015 kick-started a run of form that would see him rise to number one in the world rankings after winning six tournaments. He finished last year’s Canadian Open with three birdies for a one-shot victory and arrives at Glen Abbey in decent form.
The 28 year old’s putting his been key to his success and he currently leads the Tour in ‘strokes gained: putting’. With top eight finishes in four of his last six starts, the Australian is a worthy 5/1 favourite.
While he may never have featured strongly on the TV coverage, US Open champion Dustin Johnson went about his business impressively last week, eventually finishing in a very creditable T9 at Royal Troon.
It’s worth looking at Johnson’s recent results to evidence just how terrific his form has been. His last ten results have been: T5, 3, T4, T28, T12, 3, 5, 1, 1 and T9 – enough for an each-way payout on seven of the last ten occasions.
DJ has only visited Glen Abbey once before, and that was when he finished in a share of second place at this tournament in 2013. He is this week’s 11/2 second favourite.
Excluding the Majors, Matt Kuchar has finished in the top six in his last five starts on Tour and backers would have earned an each-way payout on four of those occasions. It’s been a terrific run by the world number 17 who also has a decent record at this course.
The 38 year old was co-runner up in 2013 and finished T7 last year, and so the 14/1 available this week looks like great value.
Three Americans to follow in the each-way Canadian Open betting
He has never won a PGA Tour event but his recent form suggests that Colt Knost may be set to record a maiden triumph. The 31 year old actually leads the Tour in ‘fairways hit’ but he also has a rock-hard nerve around the green, leading the Tour in conversions within ten feet.
If you had backed Knost each-way in his last six events you’d have benefited from a payout on three occasions and his T3 at the Players Championships demonstrated that he could perform in a very strong field.
He was seven under par after his first two rounds at Glen Abbey last year before falling back a little over the weekend but on current form he looks a real gem at a huge 80/1.
After four consecutive missed cuts in May, Sam Saunders has been in decent form and arrives at Glen Abbey on the back of two top ten finishes.
He finished T21 at Congressional before recording a pair of top ten results and the 28 year old has come close to winning a PGA Tour event in the past. He finished a decent T22 on his debut at Glen Abbey in 2015 and could be worth a punt at a standout 125/1.
We’ve been following the fortunes of Tony Finau for a year or so now and the 27 year old finally won his first PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open in March. He has only managed one top ten since then but has three top 20s in his last six starts, including a very creditable T18 on his debut at the Open Championship.
Finau shot a field-low 65 in his final round at Glen Abbey in 2015 to finish in a share of 22nd place and he could go well this week at 40/1.
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