A number of the world’s top golfers will compete in this week’s RBC Canadian Open as a final tune-up before the PGA Tour’s third major. Not only does that make for quality golf, it also presents bettors with a number of delectable matchups. We also get a full field this week after a couple of invitation-only events, increasing the field and betting options. After four years at Glen Abbey, the Canadian Open returns to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012. Scott Piercey won that event and is scheduled to peg it up along with betting favorite Dustin Johnson and OWGR No. 1 Brooks Koepka. Check out a list of the matchups and odds from BookMaker.eu below.
RBC Canadian Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Kevin Tway -158 vs. Danny Willett +126
Kramer Hickok +134 vs. Nick Watney -169
Zach Johnson -146 vs. Graeme McDowell +116
Jonas Blixt -110 vs. Corey Conners -120
Justin Thomas -126 vs. Matt Kuchar -104
Trey Mullinax +106 vs. Dylan Frittelli -136
Joaquin Niemann -138 vs. Brian Harman +108
Jimmy Walker -108 vs. Alexander Noren -122
Sergio Garcia -116 vs. Henrik Stenson -114
Sergio Garcia -127 vs. Scott Piercy -103
Peter Uihlein -133 vs. JB Holmes +105
Dustin Johnson -146 vs. Brooks Koepka +116
Austin Cook +105 vs. Sungjae Im -135
Brandt Snedeker +125 vs. Bubba Watson -157
Erik Van Rooyen -116 vs. Lucas Bjerregaard -114
Brooks Koepka +103 vs. Rory McIlroy -133
Daniel Berger -103 vs. Aaron Wise -127
Justin Thomas -133 vs. Webb Simpson +103
Shane Lowry +111 vs. Jim Furyk -141
Scott Piercy -105 vs. Henrik Stenson -125
Matt Kuchar -120 vs. Webb Simpson -110
Keegan Bradley -148 vs. Ryan Palmer +118
Dustin Johnson -128 vs. Rory McIlroy -102
Need to Know
After five years at Glen Abbey, including the last four, and one at Royal Montreal Golf Club, the Canadian Open returns to Hamilton for the first time since 2012 and the sixth time in the event’s history. The course underwent a major deforestation since the last playing with the removal of a number of trees. That opens the track for wind to be more of a factor. The real issue, however, is the length. Hamilton stretches out to under 7,000 yards and is short by today’s standards. It’s also a change from what we saw the previous four editions where players bombed away at Glen Abbey. Thick rough, strategically placed bunkers, small greens and a number of doglegs are the track’s defenses, making this all about placement. Rain in the forecast will slow the greens, which will also help the putting numbers.
RBC Canadian Open Matchup Picks
Brooks Koepka +103 vs. Rory McIlroy
This is one of the high-profile matchups in the tournament between two of the best. It’s hard to go against either player and I probably shouldn’t even consider this duel, but I am. Koepka tweeted over the weekend that this is Canada’s Open, more to get himself hyped because of his stellar play in the biggest events. He always competes the week before a major and he’s performed well at those events. A solo fourth at the Byron Nelson preceded his PGA Championship title last month. McIlroy has played so well for so long he may have hit a wall with last week’s MC at the Memorial.
Bubba Watson -157 vs. Brandt Snedeker
The odds aren’t great, but the upside sure is for Watson in this matchup. He’s riding a streak of nice form with a pair of T12s or better in his last three stroke play events, and the 12-time Tour winner has the goods to rack up birdies on this layout. He can smack the ball off the tee with accuracy and his approach game with the short irons has been strong. He will have plenty of birdie chances as long as the putter cooperates.
Scott Piercy -103 vs. Sergio Garcia
Two of Piercy’s best putting seasons were in 2012 and this year. The reason I mention that is because he is the last player to win the Canadian Open when it was played at Hamilton ... in 2012. He may not prefer shorter layouts, but his track record says otherwise. His win here seven years ago was the start. He recently finished T3 at Harbour Town and T19 at Colonial, both shorter tracks on Tour. He also ranks third on Tour in par 3 scoring. And it’s too difficult to back Garcia in this matchup after some inconsistent play over the last two months.
Corey Conners -120 vs. Jonas Blixt
There is a lot of pressure on the Canadian contingent to break a drought at their national Open that’s reached 64 years. Conners might have the best chance of ending the slump. The odds and the field suggest he won’t triumph, but he has a great chance of beating Blixt in this matchup. His stats are favorable and he has a win at the Texas Open back in April, and playing in the motherland should at least be inspiring.
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