We are a week away from the U.S. Open. So to get themselves one final tuneup before the third major of the season, a large number of top golfers are meeting in Canada for the RBC Canadian Open – the first playing of this event since 2019.
The event in 2020 and 2021 was wiped out because of COVID-19.
Five of the world’s top nine players are in the field, as are both winners of the two majors already held this year – Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas.
Favorites to Win RBC Canadian Open
- Scottie Scheffler (+800)
- Justin Thomas (+900)
- Rory McIlroy (+1000)
- Cameron Smith (+1200)
- Sam Burns (+1600)
- Corey Conners (+2000)
- Matt Fitzpatrick (+2000)
- Shane Lowry (+2000)
- Tony Finau (+2500)
- Tyrrell Hatton (+2800)
Scottie Scheffler is having a 2022 for the ages, winning four of his last ten starts and only losing his last time out in an extra-hole playoff. He is the best golfer in the world, and even with short odds limiting a winning payout on Scheffler, he’s still worth it.
Justin Thomas is the PGA Champion who missed the cut his next time out. We’ll forgive that misstep, coming in the post-win glow on his major championship.
He is going to be in the mix this weekend at RBC Canadian Open because this course is made for a golfer like Thomas. He makes all the shots necessary to win here.
Rory McIlroy is the defending champion at this event, but as mentioned, that came three years ago and on an entirely different course. So his defending champion status is just in name only and doesn’t really carry an extra weight when handicapping the field. Him being Rory McIlroy, however, does carry weight.
At +1600, it’s a good idea to give Sam Burns an extra look. In the aforementioned Scottie Scheffler loss in a playoff, it was to Sam Burns.
Burns is currently ranked second in the FedEx Cup standings. Along with his win at Colonial, Burns was top-20 at the PGA, top-10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a winner at the Valspar.
Betting a Canadian
It’s worth noting that a Canadian hasn’t won the RBC Canadian Open since 1954. Still, there are some Canadians who are worth a look if you want to bet on a longer shot.
Aaron Cockerill is having a great season on the DP World Tour, and even though this week’s tournament is his PGA Tour debut, he has the game to be in the mix on Sunday. He’s paying +20000 to take the W at the RBC Canadian Open.
Looking for someone a little more likely to be there at the end, Canadian Mackenzie Hughes is also worth a look. He’s twice finished in the top-15 and was in the hunt early at last week’s tournament. Hughes is paying +5000.
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