With just a week to go before the highly anticipated US Open from the spectacular Pebble Beach, the PGA Tour’s top players head over to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. FansBet golf expert David Kristiansen returns with his betting preview and tips for the event and if you are after some value then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our enhanced odds available.
What Happened At The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village played soft and the players took advantage of the receptive fairways and greens, none better than Patrick Cantlay who secured his 2nd PGA Tour win with a combined score of -19. The lowest score since Tiger won with the same score in 2000. Speaking of Tiger, he finished T9 gaining strokes against the field in all major categories, so he is definitely live to get Major number 16 next week at Pebble Beach. Martin Kaymer couldn’t hang on to his 54 hole lead, but a solo 3rd marked his first top 10 since 2017 so I don’t think he will be to disappointed when the dust settles.
Going back to Cantlay the former number one ranked amateur in the world has struggled to break through as far as winning goes as a professional with his only win coming back in 2017 at the Shriners. But something has been brewing this year where the Californian has managed his two best major results with a T9 at the Masters and a T3 at the PGA. His game should fit the tougher tests that the majores often require and he is someone I will give an extra look to next week for the U.S Open.
Patrick Cantlay Final Round Highlights from The Memorial
About Hamilton Golf And Country Club
Course: Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario
Length: 6,966 yards (Par 70)
Greens: Bentgrass with Poa
Architect: Harry Colt
The Canadian Open is going back to Hamilton Golf & Country Club for the first time since Scott Piercy won here in 2012. The field for Canada`s national open has gotten much better over the last few years and this year they can boast of having 4 of the top 6 guys in the OWGR (Koepka, Dustin, Rory and JT).
As mentioned, it’s the first time the Tour has been back here since 2012 and only the 3rd time this millennium so it will be some unknowns for players and punters alike.
Hamilton is a somewhat short par 70 with the two par 5s being extremely easy and reachable by most in the field, the four par 3s stand out as being hard and an important metric as to who will contend. Seven of the par4s measure between 400-450 yards. The course is an undulating, treelined mix of parkland and woods with average wide fairways, small greens and thick rough. Things to look at/for:
- Par 3 scoring, especially 200-225 yards
- Par 4 scoring 400-450 yards
- Proximity 200+ yards
- Proximity 125-150 yards
- Birdies or better %
- Poa putting
Hamilton Golf And Country Club
RBC Canadian Open Betting Tips
JT made his return to the Tour last week after a wrist injury that had kept him side-lined since the Masters. As expected, he was a little rusty and couldn’t hold it together to make the cut, but we saw enough of the usual JT for me to bite when we get almost 3 times the odds on him compared to DJ and Koepka.
If he has shaken off the rust this course should set up perfectly for the one-time major champion; ranking 1st in birdies or better gained, 2nd in proximity from 125-150 yards and 3rd in overall approaches over the last 50 rounds. Finally, and not that it should mean all that much, but last time he missed a cut he won the following week at WGC Bridgestone last August.
The Swede has been pure firer with his irons for a couple of months now ranking 1st in strokes gained approach over the last 24 rounds. It has been the other parts of his game that has held him back.
At Hamilton G & CC he should be able to relay on his trusted 3 wood off the tee without losing distance to the field since players will most likely just hit 3-4 drivers a round. Poa is his preferred putting surface and he has gained strokes around the greens in 3 of his last 4 starts.
The Canadian got his first PGA tour victory earlier this year at the Valero Texas Open and even though his results since then haven’t been fantastic he has made 4 out of 5 cuts and gained strokes both on approach and off the tee in 3 of the 4 tracked tournaments.
Connors is born and raised just an hour from the course so unlike most of the field he should have plenty of experience playing Hamilton G & CC. Over the last 50 rounds he ranks 11th in total approach, 5th from 125-150 yards and 4th from 100-125 yards.
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