Canadian Open 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tony Finau (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James
Charley Hoffman (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Stan James
William McGirt (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power

Venue

For the 28th time and the third in four years, the RBC Canadian Open takes place at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Ontario, where Jason Day was last year’s winner with a 17-under par total. Brandt Snedeker was the champion at this venue in 2013, while there were surprise victories here for Chez Reavie in 2008 and Nathan Green a year later. The 7,273-yard layout, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1976, plays around Sixteen Mile Creek, which is a particular hazard for a notable stretch of holes on the back nine between 11 and 15, beginning with a tee-shot from a cliff onto the valley floor at 11. No fewer than nine holes involve water hazards, including the dramatic closing par five, which is short enough to go for in two but the second shot must carry the large pond guarding the the green.

Favourites

Defending champion Day and recent US Open winner Dustin Johnson, who was third here three years ago, dominate the betting with both players a best price of 11/2 with Bet365. With many of the world’s leading stars taking a rest after the Open and before next week’s US PGA at Baltusrol, there is an unfamiliar look to the top of the betting market. Matt Kuchar, who has finished in the top 10 the last two times this tournament has visited Glen Abbey, is at 18/1 with Bet365, while another player with a strong record on this course, Jim Furyk, is at 30/1 with the same firm. Snedeker is at 28/1 with Betfred for a repeat of his 2013 success. Beyond that it’s wide open, with the likes of Emiliano Grillo, William McGirt and Tony Finau among the market leaders.

Tips

Tony FinauTONY FINAU‘s rookie season last year was a huge success as the 26-year-old from Salt Lake City finished 43rd on the PGA Tour and he has progressed this season, with a maiden tour win at the Puerto Rico Open in March. Last week he placed in the top 20 at Royal Troon – his third top 20 in only four major appearances – and at 50/1 with Stan James he looks a good each-way pick, particularly as they are paying six places.

Charley_Hoffman CHARLEY HOFFMAN, who is currently 29th in the FedEx Cup standings, will be looking to take advantage of the absence of many PGA Tour stars this week. Winner of the Valero Texas Open in April, just one missed cut in his last 17 outings tells a tale of consistency and he must have a great each-way chance at Stan James‘ generous price of 66/1. Hoffman has done well here in the past, sharing seventh last year and 16th in 2013.

William-McGirtWILLIAM MCGIRT has never been one of the leading players on the tour and at the age of 37 that’s unlikely to change, but he is currently enjoying by far the best season of his career. He earned his first ever victory at the Memorial Tournament, while several other good performances have helped him into 15th in the FedEx standings. McGirt was in the top five here three years ago and Paddy Power are offering 50/1 and paying seven places.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tony Finau (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James
Charley Hoffman (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Stan James
William McGirt (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power