Majors bridesmaid your golf betting favourite in Canada this week
After the excitement of the Open Championship last weekend, a strong field braves jetlag and tiredness to head to Ontario for one of the three oldest events on golf’s calendar. The Canadian Open was first played 111 years ago and while it may not longer be considered the ‘fifth Major’ it’s still an important tournament.
Keep reading for our 2015 RBC Canadian Open golf betting preview.
Low score will be needed to win at Glen Abbey
Just a couple of miles from Lake Ontario, it’s the 27th time Glen Abbey has hosted the Canadian Open since 1977. It’s a Jack Nicklaus design and plays as a par 35-37=72 with four par five holes.
Stretching just 7,253 yards, a low score will be needed to win. Last time the tournament was at Glen Abbey the field averaged only just over half of fairways hit but the relatively short yardage will mean plenty of birdies will be required to prevail. The last three winners at Glen Abbey have shot 16, 18 and 17 under par to win.
Your Canadian Open golf betting favourites
While the Canadian Open often suffers from being in a tricky spot on the calendar – three bigger tournaments including the Open and US PGA sandwich it – five of the world’s top 15 will be present this week.
Jason Day will surely win a Major one day but despite leading both the US Open and the Open this year he has had to settle for a placed finish. The Australian finished just a shot behind the top three at St Andrews but is one of the world’s elite and ranks second on Tour in birdies or better which will be perfect for this course.
Day is this week’s 15/2 golf betting favourite.
His performance at the Majors hasn’t been great this year but Jim Furyk is a two-time Canadian Open winner and the 14/1 second favourite. It’s worth considering that his two tournament wins were at other courses but he did record a T9 at Glen Abbey in 2013 and he could go well again this week.
Brooks Koepka has top 25 finishes in his last four starts worldwide and shot a terrific 68 to finish on 10 under par for the Open in a share of 10th place. The 25 year old has been in good form and if he can recover in time he could be a danger this week.
Bear in mind that Koepka has never played this event before but he ranks fifth on Tour in adjusted scoring and looks a good bet at 22/1.
Some outsiders to consider
All of a sudden Luke Donald is starting to once again look like the player that reached the summit of his sport. The Englishman followed up two T7 finishes with an excellent T12 at the Open and the 37 year-old is one of the form players in world golf.
No Englishman has won the Canadian Open since Peter Oosterhuis in 1981 but there’s no reason to believe that Donald’s excellent form can’t continue. He is 23/1 to win.
We’ve been following Graham DeLaet for months now and surely it’s only a matter of time before the 33 year old finally wins a PGA Tour event? It’s the Canadian’s home event and he’s made seven consecutive cuts – including at the Open – finishing in the top 30 three times.
He did miss the cut at Glen Abbey in 2013 but shot a 66 on his debut at the course in 2009. You have to go back to 1954 for the last Canadian to win their ‘home’ Open and DeLaet could end that run at 29/1.
If you’re looking for a lively outsider at long odds then it could play to consider Mark Wilson. The 40 year old ranks 123rd in this year’s FedEx Cup race but looked to be in decent form last month when shooting 11 under par to finish in a share of 7th place at the Travelers Championship.
Wilson has recorded three top 25 finishes at Glen Abbey including a T6 two years ago when the competition was last held at this course. His last win on Tour was in 2012 but he offers decent each-way value at 179/1.
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