PGA Tour Golf Odds: Final Canadian Open to Follow British Open

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 12:10 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018 12:10 PM UTC

This week will be the last time that the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open will be played the week after the British Open. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads the field.

<p>PGA Tour event coordinators don’t want their tournaments played the week after a major. Guys are a bit burned out mentally (and I suppose physically, but you will never convince me golfers are athletes) so many take the week after a major off. A tournament held the week after the British Open adds the double-whammy of all that travel and readjusting to the time change.</p><p>The good news for the Canadian Open is that this year will be the last where it’s played following the British Open. In 2019, it will shift to Hamilton Golf and Country Club (hasn’t been there since 2012) and will be held the week before the U.S. Open – taking the spot of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis (and during the Stanley Cup final). That is becoming a WGC event and moving later in the summer. The purse will also rise next year from $6.4 million to $7.6 million. Historically, the Canadian Open was held in September, but starting in 2007 it was played in late July.</p><p>It may surprise you to know that the Canadian Open is the third oldest tournament on the PGA Tour behind the British and U.S. Opens. It was first played in 1904. Some used to consider the Canadian Open the fifth major, and there’s actually a “Triple Crown” of the PGA Tour for players who have won the Canadian, U.S. and British Opens. Only two have done so: Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino. Arnold Palmer’s first PGA Tour win was here in 1955.</p><p>It’s the fourth straight year the Canadian Open is being played at Glen Abbey Golf Course, a par 72 measuring 7,253 yards. It’s the 30<sup>th</sup> time overall it will host, which is the most of any course. Last year's scoring average of 70.371 was a tournament low for the course.</p><p>Can you imagine the hubbub in the USA if an American hadn’t won the U.S. Open in more than 60 years? That’s the case for a Canadian winning his country’s national open. The last homegrown winner was Pat Fletcher in 1954. Mike Weir should have won in 2004 but gagged it away. David Hearn was leading late on Sunday three years ago but blew it. The low Canadian each year wins the Rivermead Cup.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;First conducted in 1904, the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RBCCO&lt;/a&gt; has an impressive list of past champions 🙌🏼🙌🏼&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Full list ➡️ &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— RBC Canadian Open (@RBCCanadianOpen) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 23, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Threepeat for Vegas?</h2><p>The biggest storyline is whether Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas can become the first player to win the same tournament three straight years since Steve Stricker did at the John Deere Classic (week before British Open) from 2009-11. Vegas beat Charley Hoffman in a playoff last year after both finished at 21 under and won by a shot over a trio of golfers in 2016 at 12 under. Vegas is a <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow">+3506 longer shot at</a> as he has just one Top 10 this season and has missed back-to-back-cuts. He’s the third player to try for a threepeat already this season.</p><p>There are 32 players expected to come from Carnoustie to tee it up, led by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is the +625 favorite. No doubt DJ was going to play because he has a business partnership with sponsor RBC. Johnson disappointed at the British Open with a missed cut, but that could be a blessing in disguise. He was eighth here last year and a runner-up in both 2016 &amp; ’13.</p><p>Brooks Koepka is +850, Tony Finau +1402, Tommy Fleetwood +1477 and Bubba Watson +2002 at <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow"></a> Koepka only played this event in 2015 and was 18<sup>th</sup>. Finau comes off a T9 last week and has a best finish of fifth at the Canadian Open last year. We thought Fleetwood would contend at Carnoustie, and he was right there after two rounds. He finished T12 and has never played here. Watson, who missed the cut last week, was second in this tournament to Jason Day three years ago.</p><p> </p><h2>The Picks</h2><p>Recommend Hoffman and Matt Kuchar for<a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow"> Top-10 prop bets at Bovada.</a> Hoffman had that runner-up last year and was T7 in 2015. Kuchar had three straight Top 10s here, including a runner-up (2013) before a T32 last year. But, we’re going with rare chalk and DJ. Not having to play the weekend at Carnoustie will help him and he’s overdue here.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Talk Golf Betting In SBR's Forum</a></h2>
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