The Canadian Open is a professional golf tournament held annually in Canada. It is organized by Golf Canada and the PGA Tour. It has been played in 1904 and has been played every year since then. The Canadian Open is the third oldest tournament on the tour after The British Open and the U.S. Open.
The Canadian Open has been traditionally held in between the Open and The PGA Championship but this year, it will be moved to a week before the U.S. Open, replacing the slot that used to be the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The 2019 Canadian Open is scheduled for June 3-9, 2019. It had been held at the Glen Abbey Course in the last four years but this year, it will be staged at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario, the 6th time the golf course will host the event. The prize money for the Canadian Open has been raised to $7.6M this year from $6.4M last year.
Last year, Dustin Johnson finished three strokes ahead of South Koreans An Byeong-hun and Kim Meen-whee to win the 2018 RBC Canadian Open with a final score of -23 under par 265. This year, DJ is a confirmed participant on the tournament and will defend his title against a competitive field.
Here are the odds to win the 2019 RBC Canadian Open. Odds were taken from MyBookie.ag as of 6/04/19
Who Are The Favorites?
The odds for the 2019 Canadian Open aren’t out yet as the field hasn’t been finalized. However, based on the golfers who have confirmed their appearance as per the tournament’s website, there are the golfers worth noting:
Brooks Koepka is the hottest golfer right now with three Top 4 finishes in his last four tournaments played in. The world’s #1 ranked golfer won the 2019 PGA Championship last May 19th, placed 4th in the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic earlier this month and was a T2 at last month’s Masters in Augusta. Koepka missed the cut here in 2018 and was a T18 in his other appearance in 2015.
Dustin Johnson is the #2 ranked player in the world and just like Brooks Koepka, he can claim the title of hottest golfer in the world as well. Johnson finished 2nd to Koepka at the PGA Championship earlier this month, was a T2 in Augusta last month and a T5 at THE PLAYERS Championship last March. DJ has a total of 7 Top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments entered this year. His lone win of the year came last February at the WGC-Mexico Championship. I almost forgot Johnson, is the defending champion in this tournament.
Rory McIlroy is the 4th ranked golfer in the world. The Northern Ireland native has 9 Top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments joined this year. McIlroy had a streak of 7 straight tournaments where he finished in the Top 10. That streak was halted when he finished at T21 in Augusta. McIlroy got back on track with a pair of T8s at the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship. This will be his first start at the 2018 Canadian Open.
Justin Thomas is the 6th ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings. Thomas has five Top 10 finishes this year and he was a T12 at the Masters last April. That 12th place finish is the best finish in his last five tournaments played.
Webb Simpson is the 19th ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings. He finished a season-best T5 at the Masters in Augusta and was a T29 at the recent PGA Championship. Simpson was the 2012 U.S. Open Champion and is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour.
Matt Kuchar is #12 in the OWGR and has 9 wins on the PGA Tour, the biggest of which was his 2012 triumph at The Players Championship. He was also a T2 at the 2017 British Open and a T3 at the Masters in 2012. Kuchar has four Top 10 finishes in his last four tournaments played including a T8 at the PGA Championship earlier this month.
Jim Furyk won the RBC Canadian Open in successive years from 2006 and 2007. He came close again in 2014, finishing just one stroke behind winner Matt Clark. Furyk’s best finish in 2019 has been a T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship last March. The 49-year old is ranked 50th in the OWGR.
When it comes to golf betting, current form is a key factor in picking your bets and with a 64% Top 10 finish rate this year, Dustin Johnson has got to be your top choice for this tournament. DJ won this particular tournament last year and was T8 in the year before. He was also second in 2016 and 2013 so with four Top 8 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open in the last six years, he is a good bet here.
Koepka is also another golfer who enters this tournament in excellent form. Rory McIlroy is also one of the most consistent golfers on the tour this year. I’m giving Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka even weight but since this year’s RBC Canadian Open will be played at a different venue, I’m not sure how much of an advantage DJ has because of his previous wins. With a little bit more plus money, I’m rolling with Brooks Koepka here. Prediction: Brooks Koepka.