Canadian Open betting preview
You might think you were getting a raw deal being sandwiched between the Open Championship and the USPGA Championship at Oak Hill – but there’s a star-studded cast for this week’s Canadian Open.
While Phil Mickelson was making the back nine at Muirfield look easy, 29 also-rans – including seven of the world’s top-ranked 16 players – were booking flights to snatch a tournament that no home player has won since Pat Fletcher in 1954 and four of the last 10 winners have been decided in a play-off.
We’ve scanned the data and as of 12 noon on Wednesday, July 24, these are the 6 best-backed players in the Canadian Open where Paddy is paying the first 6 home.
1. Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
His name mightn’t trip off the tongue but the 21-year-old rookie has been the sensation of the year with nine Top 10 finishes in his first 10 starts. Has won twice in his native Japan but it’s his Major form that has caught punter’s attention. Finished T10 at the US Open at Merion but his T6 at the Open Championship – after a one-stroke penalty for slow play – brought him to a whole new audience. Jeremy Chapman’s top tip in the Racing Post.
2. Brandt Snedeker 12/1
Will have the syringes with him again for injections to combat his rib injury and has now posted three Top 20 finishes in his last three events and seven Top 10s this season. Last year’s FedEx Cup winner is starting to rediscover his early-season touch and would have been way higher at Muirfield except for a second-round 79. Can call on solid course form after finishing T5 to Nathan Green at Glen Abbey in 2009.
3. Graeme McDowell 25/1
Bounced back to win the RBC Heritage after missing the cut in the Masters and need to do the same here after disappointing when T58 in Scotland. Despite three wins this season GMac has been more in in-and-out than Dustin Johnson but accuracy will be his friend in Ontario.
4. Luke Donald 25/1
The former World No1’s Open Championship challenge was shorter than Rory Sabbatini’s temper but has three Top 10 finishes Stateside this year. Had a real chance to end his Major hoodoo at the US Open but faded. Winless since the Tampa Bay Championship almost 18 months ago and needs to get the finger out if he’s to break that run anytime soon.
5. Hunter Mahan 20/1
Despite his fondness for ridiculous clothing in public two Top 10 finishes in his last two Majors (US Open T4, Open Championship T9) has seen Mahan get air-time again. Can call on some decent course form here when T4 in 2004 behind Deer Antler lover Vijay Singh. Another looking to end a winless streak with no oversize cheque on the mantle-piece since the Houston Open last season.
6. Chris Kirk 50/1
Starting to rediscover some form when T9 at Sanderson Farms last weekend behind Woody Austin for his third Top 10 of the season after a best-placed second to Snedeker at the AT&T Pro-Am in February. Was T4 behind to Scott Piercy in this competition at Hamilton last season.