RBC Canadian Open Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 6th June 2019

There’s evidence of yet more shunting about of the PGA Tour calendar this week with the RBC Canadian Open moving to become the warm up tournament for the US Open. That is selling this historic tournament a little short but there’s no doubt that the big names in the field are all hoping to sharpen their games up ahead of next week’s trip to Pebble Beach.

The Canadian Open always attracts a host of star names and the list of those looking for some form ahead of next week is impressive. Sergio Garcia is among those given top billing for the Canadian Open and after some good play on the PGA Tour this season he could put on a show for the watching fans and claim an amazing 35th professional win at 28/1 with Ladbrokes.

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Sergio Garcia @ 28/1

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Course Info

The move in the schedule has coincided with a move in venue for the Canadian Open. The PGA Tour has moved from Glen Abbey Golf Course which hosted five of the last six renewals to Hamilton Golf and Country Club which is just south west of Toronto. It’s not quite the perfect warm up for Pebble Beach Golf Links but it will test the field’s shot making abilities as Hamilton is a classical Harry Colt design.

Hamilton comes in at a total of 6,967 yards. You don’t get many sub 7,000 yard courses hosting top level professional events and renovation work in recent times has taken Hamilton closer to the roots of the original Colt design. The removal of a number of trees has made the course even more exposed to the wind, the absence of which should provide plentiful birdie opportunities for a field of this calibre.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 6,967 Yards $7,600,000

Recent Winners

Glen Abbey has been a happy hunting ground for big hitters in recent years. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day bookended two straight wins for Jhonattan Vegas and all three men can shift it a long way off the tee. Those three and Tim Clark each had to beat the typically strong field that is assembled at the Canadian Open due to the number of players who have close ties to the title sponsor. Johnson is the only man in the last five renewals to win by more than one shot so there’s hopefully a dramatic finish in store of the 2019 renewal.

YearWinnerCourseTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Dustin Johnson Glen Abbey Golf Course -23 3 Strokes
2017 Jhonattan Vegas Glen Abbey Golf Course -21 Playoff
2016 Jhonattan Vegas Glen Abbey Golf Course -12 1 Stroke
2015 Jason Day Glen Abbey Golf Course -17 1 Stroke
2014 Tim Clark Royal Montreal Golf Club -17 1 Stroke

Analysis: Big Hitters and Solid Putters to Contend

The RBC Canadian Open was most recently held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in 2012. Although the shorter hitters in the field were able to keep up with scoring more than at some of the monster courses we see on the PGA Tour, big hitters retained an advantage off the tee as total distance proved more important than finding the fairways. The significant tree removal work in recent years has done little to change the in-built advantage that the most powerful players will have this week.

The other key element to consider is at the opposite end of the holes. The greens at Hamilton are very challenging to read and to execute quality putts on. Therefore, those who have the best week with the flat stick should have an advantage over the more average putters.

Garcia to Get Major Preparations Right

Talking to the media after the 2016 Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia said that he was reminded very often by the American fans at Hazeltine National that he has not won a major championship. That all changed for the Spaniard with his win in the 2017 Masters, a win which will define much of his career and even his life (his daughter is named Azalea after the blooming flowers at Augusta National).

Garcia didn’t reach the levels required to become a Masters champion by being happy with his lot though and he’ll be far from happy with his performances in the majors since donning that famous green jacket. He’s missed the cut in the last seven majors and is determined to put that right at Pebble Beach.

Having taken some time out to recharge the batteries, Garcia is back to work this week and may just be able to head to California with some new found confidence. He’s played some very good golf this season (even if it’s been interspersed with some rubbish) ranking 11th for strokes gained from tee to green. He also loves a classical test so Hamilton may just be the place where a happy and refreshed Garcia gets back to his best with a win at 28/1 with Ladbrokes.

Snedeker Can Delight the Sponsors Once Again

Brandt Snedeker is one of a number of golfers in the field this week who are sponsored by RBC. He always tees it up at the tournaments that they host and made those connected with the bank very happy when he won the Canadian Open in 2013. That win came at Glen Abbey but he also played fairly well at Hamilton in 2012 and returns a much more experienced, better golfer.

Snedeker really thrives against the opposition when things get tough. The weather forecast suggests he’s unlikely to be able to show his prowess in the wind this week but he’ll certainly be able to remind everybody just how good he is on the greens. Snedeker’s patented pop stroke has earned him nine PGA Tour wins and countless millions. That quality on the greens should give him the edge over many of his opponents this week and could see him challenge for another win at 45/1 with Betfair.

Final Verdict: Sergio Garcia to Win

Sergio Garcia has more than enough power for Hamilton and has worked very hard on his putting over recent years so should be able to get a handle on the greens pretty quickly. His style of golf from tee to green looks a great fit for the course and he is very keen to start winning again which all makes 28/1 look like a very good price.

About

The RBC Canadian Open previously was the tournament that had to follow The Open Championship but has been moved to the week prior to the US Open for 2019. It is another that offers a huge amount of history and prestige. The Canadian Open has been running since 1904 and is hosted by that of Golf Canada, as part of the PGA Tour.

Whilst it is essentially the national Open of Canada it is fair to say that over the years it has failed to attract the biggest names in the sport on a consistent basis, mainly because of the fact that it followed The Open and the logistics involved to get to the event from the UK are often very difficult.

The Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Toronto, like the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Ontario before it, is favoured by the big hitting players, it also offers stunning views, typical of the country in which it's hosted in. Courses are rotated pretty frequently and candidates will be shortlisted for upcoming selection, just as it would in any of the major championships, aside from the Masters.

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