The Canadian Open again proceeds the Open Championship, but this year it also precedes the US PGA Championship, and it will be interesting to see whether some of the big guns fire this week with another major on the horizon.
If you’re checking out previous Canadian Open form this week, then it’s worth noting that the Glen Abbey Golf Course also hosted the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 Canadian Opens, which where respectively won by Chez Reavie, Nathan Green, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day.
Following last year’s victory, it’s certainly no surprise that Day is 11/2 joint favourite to defend his crown, nor is it a surprise that the other joint favourite is the inform Dustin Johnson. However, both will surely have one eye on next week, and I’m tempted to look elsewhere.
William McGirt 1.5 points each-way @ 50/1 (Bet365, Ladbrokes, BetBright) ¼ odds 5 places
McGirt surely has to be on everyone’s radar this week, as he’s shown excellent form in this event over the past 4 seasons, finishing 2/2/25/34. Add in the fact that he won his maiden PGA Tour Title this year at none-less than Muirfield Village, and then went on to finish 7th in the WGC Bridgestone – and you have to think he’s capable of a big show this week.
Emiliano Grillo 1.5 points each-way @ 35/1 (BetBright) ¼ odds 5 places
The Young Argentinean’s tournament debut 22nd place finish is fair form, but that looks even better when you consider he was in the fourth last group on Sunday afternoon. He’s also another who has grabbed his maiden PGA Tour victory since then, and he has been in sparkling form of late. He was 17th at the Masters, 14th in the WGC Bridgestone, and 12th in last week’s Open Championship (all on his first sighting of these courses) and it surely won’t be long before he’s grabbing another trophy – and this week looks an ideal opportunity.
Matt Kuchar 2 points each-way @ 16/1 (Betfred, Coral, Betway) ¼ odds 5 places
The American had lost his trademark consistency for a while, but has really got it back in recent weeks with four top-4 finishes in his last 7 events. He also finished runner-up here in 2013, and 7th last year when not in as good a form as he is now. If the big-two don’t get involved this week, then Kuchar will see this as a great opportunity to notch-up a win that should make sure he’s part of the USA Ryder Cup Team come September.