This week the tour returns back to North America after an exhilarating final round at the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Prestigious Glen Abbey Golf and Country Club in Oakville Ontario will once again play host to the RBC Canadian Open where world number one ranked golfer Jason Day looks to successfully defend his title.
Canada’s lone stop on the circuit is wedged in between the last two majors of the season with the British Open and the PGA Championship on either side. This tournament was once considered the unofficial ‘fifth’ major on Tour and has a long list of great golfers it’s trophy.
Bet365 Favorites to win the RBC Canadian Open
Jason Day (6-1): The world’s top ranked golfer headlines the field in this week's Canadian Championship and looks to successfully defend his title from a year ago. Day had a stellar week last year at this event posting a final round 68 for a score of 17 under par. Look for the Aussie to bounce back from a rough outing at the Open Championship last week.
Dustin Johnson (6.50): There hasn’t been a better golfer since the summer weather presented itself. Dustin Johnson is in fine form and has been playing great golf all season. The native from South Carolina has made the cut in all fifteen of his events this year with ten top 10 finishes and two victories, including his first major when he captured the US Open earlier this month. His long hitting and great iron play make him a favourite to win this event.
Matt Kuchar (17.00): Another RBC sponsored golfer is atop the favourites list as Matt Kuchar looks to capture his first title in Canada. Kooch has been one of the most consistent golfers this year making 17 of 18 cuts including seven top 10 finishes. As good as Kuchar has been this year the 38-year old is still searching for his first tour win this season. He’ll be looking to improve on his T7 finish at this event last year.
Jim Furyk (29.00): One of the most seasoned players on tour and one with a long history in this event is American Jim Furyk. At 29-1 odds he is a great value play here given his past success at Glen Abbey. Furyk is a two-time winner of the back in 2006 and 2007, and was a runner up in 2014. Furyk has rebounded nicely from his surgery making six of nine cuts with one top 10. His knowledge of the course will make him a threat to finish in the top 5 this week.
Longshot and Sleeper Odds at Bet365 Canada
Emiliano Grillo (34.00): Grillo began last years tournament with an impressive opening round 64 but was unable to carry that solid play into the weekend finishing T22. The young Argentine is coming off a strong finish at the Open Championship last week when he finished tied for 12th with a score of minus 1. Grillo has been playing well this year earning 16 of 19 cuts with one win.
Tony Finau (41.00): Finau is one of the longest hitters on tour and much like Dustin Johnson, if he keeps his drives in play he will be able to make eagle and birdie like they’re going out of style. The young American is loaded with talent and has the ability to post some low rounds. He will also be looking to improve on his T22 finish from last year when he carded a final round 65 to finish at 9 under par.
David Hearn (56.00): Top ranked Canadian David Hearn will look to do what he fell short of last year and capture this event on home soil. Hearn had the 54-hole lead last year entering the final round on Sunday. Unfortunately for the canuck, Jason Day played a masterful round on Sunday and finished two strokes up on the local boy. Hearn could very well be in the hunt again this weekend.
Bryson DeChambeau (61.00): The rookie has impressed this season and has made the cut in nine of his thirteen events and a top 10. Perhaps the most impressive display from the youngster is his play in major championships. A T21 finish at the Masters was followed up by a T15 finish at the US Open at Oakmont. The future is bright for the young American and the course at Glen Abbey may be ripe for his first tournament win in what’s sure to be a successful career.