2016 RBC Canadian Open Betting Preview

The RBC Canadian Open takes centre stage on the PGA Tour this week and the 107th edition of this famous old tournament returns to Glen Abbey for the second season running. Defending champion Jason Day will be hoping to shine here following his success twelve months ago but he faces some stiff competition from Dustin Johnson et al...

  • Dustin Johnson is bidding to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the US and Canadian Opens in the same year
  • Matt Kuchar has finished no worse than T6 in his last five starts outside of major tournaments

21st July - 24th July Odds Won/Lost Bet

RBC Canadian Open
Matt Kuchar (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 16 / 1  
Emiliano Grillo @ 33 / 1  
Mark Wilson (each way) @ 250 / 1  
Mark Wilson Top-20 Finish @ 9 / 1  

The Favourites

Day overcame the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a play-off at St Andrews last year to win the Canadian Open a week later and it was a result that arguably kick-started his ascent to the summit of the game. The Australian remains a real threat on a course that he has won at before and he is priced 11/2 (Bet 365) at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey, which has recently hosted the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 editions of this tournament.

Dustin Johnson has played this venue just once before as he tied 2nd in 2013 and the American, who top-tenned at The Open Championship, is also available at 11/2 as he bids to become the first man since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the US and Canadian Opens in the same season.

Brandt Snedeker won the aforementioned 2013 renewal of this tournament and he also tied 5th here in 2009 so he demands respect at 25/1, as does former Canadian Open winner Jim Furyk (33/1), who finished in the top-ten here in 2013 and 2015.

The Selections

It is Matt Kuchar who takes our fancy at the prices though as his recent form has been sensational and we fancy this could be just the place for him to get the win he deserves. The American has finished in the top-ten in seven of his last eleven starts worldwide and his form outside the majors has been absolutely superb - no worse than tied 6th in his last five outings.

This is a venue where findings greens in regulation and putting statistics are important, with Kuchar ranking 33rd and 13th for those stats respectively. It is a course that Kuchar clearly enjoys as he tied 2nd here in 2013 and tied 7th in 2015. The 16/1 on offer looks very tempting indeed.
Tip #1: Matt Kuchar (each way) @ 16/1 with Bet 365.

Emiliano Grillo's recent form has also gone under the radar a touch but his tie for 12th at Royal Troon was his fourth top-fifteen in five starts. The Argentine, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at the Frys.com Open in October, has previous at Glen Abbey as he led after the first round in 2015 before a disappointing Sunday eventually saw him tie for a respectable 22nd. Grillo is a 33/1 chance on his return (Bet 365).
Tip #2: Emiliano Grillo (each way) @ 33/1 with B365.

The Outside Shot

It is worth considering the fact that some of the top players might still be feeling the effects of Royal Troon and that could impact upon their performance in Ontario. With that in mind, we will take a chance on 250/1 shot Mark Wilson, who has a decent record at Glen Abbey after finishing in the top-25 in all four of his appearances here - T22 in 2008, T24 in 2009, T6 in 2013, T22 in 2015. 

Wilson went 68-69 over the weekend as he tied for 13th at the Barracuda Championship last time out and that was his third top-25 in his last six starts. He is well worth an each-way chance and the 9/1 for a top-20 finish is also a decent price.
Tip #3: Mark Wilson (each way) @ 250/1 with Bet365.com.
Tip #4: Mark Wilson top-twenty finish @ 9/1 with Bet 365.

2016 RBC Canadian Open Odds