After Louis Oosthuizen shocked the golf world and took home the Open Championship title, many of the best players in the world return to North America. They will face off in the RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto, Canada.
Some of the big names are sitting this week out or are staying in Europe. The Canadian Open will see a field with few top players, which will give less recognized players a shot at the title. However, some of the best players at the Open Championship have made the trip to Canada and will be favorites at this event.
The par-70 course at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club stretches over 7,046 yards. It has an unusual setup with five par-3 holes. Usually, there are four par-threes on a course. The players will fight for a total purse of $5.1 million and a total of 500 FedExCup points.
Paul Casey looks like the clear cut favorite for this event. Bodog offers him to win the event at 16/1, still a great price for such a heavy favorite. He played strong in the first three rounds of the British Open and looked like he could challenge Oosthuizen, before struggling with a 75 Sunday.
The Englishman hasn’t won an event in 2010, but has finished in the top 10 in five events. He has a second, a third, a fourth and a sixth place finish to show for this year and looks like he could finally get his win this weekend. He is 35th on the Tour in birdies or less on par-threes, which will help him in Toronto.
His biggest challenger could be Retief Goosen. The South African finished only one stroke behind Casey at the British Open and has been playing very consistently. He had some problems on the greens on the Old Course, but should be in the race for the title at St. George’s.
Goose is an 18/1 choice at Bodog and looks like he has a great chance of winning. He made the cut in all but one of the 12 events he’s played in. He has seven Top 10 finishes in 2010 and came in fifth and sixth respectively his last two times out.
Sean O’Hair is worth another great choice at 18/1. He finished 7th on the Old Course and is riding a hot hand. He has finished in the Top 12 in five of his last six events and in the Top 25 in six of his last seven.
Give Luke Donald a look at 18/1 as well. He leads the tour in sand saves and scrambling, and has played well lately. He finished 11th at the Open Championship and looked solid. He is 15th on the Tour in par-3 scoring average which will give him an advantage because of the course layout in Toronto.
If you’re looking for a dark horse, look no further than Matt Jones at 50/1. He is 41st in birdies on par-threes. The Australian came in fifth his last time out at the John Deere Classic. He missed the cut at the AT&T National, but has five Top 10 finishes for the season.
As for some RBC Canadian Open Picks, take Tim Clark to beat Matt Kuchar in head-to-head play this week (-115). Clark is usually strong on tight and short courses like St. George’s. The South African is seventh on the Tour in putting and third in driving accuracy, an excellent combination for a course like the one in Toronto.
Also give the three-ball odds a look. Matt Jones is the favorite out of the group of Jones, Chris Riley, and Rocco Mediate, and still offers good value. Pick him to finish the best out of those three at +130.