It’s a big few weeks coming up in the PGA Tour as we head to Canada this weekend for the Canadian Open followed by the third major of the year, the U.S. Open next weekend at Pebble Beach! Players will head north of the border for their final chance to get a competitive hit in before the U.S. Open this weekend at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario.
We take a look at the tournament in full and give our betting picks for the 2019 Canadian Open below.
2019 Canadian Open Betting Picks
After Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas won back to back Canadian Open titles 2016 and 2017, it was American Dustin Johnson who claimed the title last season, winning by three strokes over Korean pair An Byeong-hun and Kim Meen-whee. The No.2 ranked player in the world will be back to defend his title this season against what is a weaker field due to the major next weekend.
The Canadian Open will boat three players ranked inside the top 10 in it’s starting list this weekend. New No.1 ranked player in the world after his PGA Championship win a few weeks ago, Brooks Koepka, will headline the field alongside No.2 ranked player Dustin Johnson, who has finished 2nd in both majors so far this season.
After missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament on the weekend, the No.4 ranked player in the world, Rory McIlroy, will take the chance to find some form ahead of the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, those three players are the only players ranked in the top 10 that will be taking part this weekend.
Some other key players in the field this weekend include Bubba Watson and Sergia Garcia, who will both be hunting their first Canadian Open crown while two time winner Jim Furyk will be back hoping to add another trophy to his case.
The Hamilton Golf & Country Club has not hosted the Canadian Open since the 2012 season so the majority of the field and major chances this weekend will be coming into the tournament having never played the tournament before. The course is a 6,966 yard, Par 70 and what is lacks in length is makes up for in tough challenges from tee to green.
The Harry S. Colt design has tree lined fairways that must be hit if players want to give themselves a chance at attacking pins on smaller than average greens. Strong players from tee to green will be our major focus this weekend.
How can you look past the No.1 and 2 ranked players in the world and their resumes over the past few months. Both players have finished in the top two of both the Masters and the PGA Championship this season and are dominant player from tee to gree, particularly Johnson.
Dustin Johnson key stats:
- 3rd shots gained off the tee
- 17th shots gained on approach
- 4th shots gained tee to green
- 6th shots gained putting
- 1st shots gained overall
Brooks Koepka key stats
- 16th shots gained off the tee
- 12th shots gained on approach
- 10th shots gained tee to green
- 10th shots gained overall
Hard to look past those stats as well as what they have done in tournaments recently. Johnson has finished top 10 in seven of 11 tournaments this season including a fantastic win at the WGC-Mexico earlier in the year. Brooks’ last three solo competitive tournament finishes read T2 at The Masters, 4th at the AT&T Byron Nelson and 1st at the PGA Championship.
Back both of these guys two win and sit back and enjoy what should be a fantastic shootout.
Pick: Brooks Koepka to win +700 at FanDuel
Pick Dustin Johnson to win +550 at FanDuel