RBC Canadian Open betting tips & predictions – the RBC Canadian Open was first played in 1904 by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA). It is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour after the British Open Championship and the US Open.
This year’s host course Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the most Canadian Opens with 29 to date.
Glen Abbey was designed in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus for the RCGA to serve as the permanent home for the championship. In the mid-1990s the RCGA decided to move the championship around the country and continues to alternate between Glen Abbey and other clubs.
The course is a classic design with tree-lined fairways, elevation changes and greens that average just 4,000 square feet. The course is a Par 72 that measures 7,253 yards. The scorecard reads as 35-37=72 with three of the four Par 5’s coming in the inward nine.
A distinguishing feature of the Glen Abbey course are the “Valley Holes” numbered 11 through 15. The Par 4 11th is played from an elevated tee box to a fairway that is approximately 60 feet below on the valley floor. The second shot must clear Sixteen Mile Creek, a river that runs through the course, to the green.
Holes 12, 13 and 14 all use Sixteen Mile Creek as a hazard in some form or another. Hole 15 is a short Par 3 with a sharply-sloping green, after which players climb out of the valley to the 16th hole.
The 18th hole is notable due to its connection to Tiger Woods who in the final round of the 2000 Canadian Open hit a six-iron shot 218 yards from a bunker to about 18 feet from the hole. The shot is regarded as one of the most spectacular both of Woods’ career and in recent PGA Tour history.
The RBC Canadian Open is a hard one to access due to course rotation and it’s less than favourable slot following the British Open. Previous winners at Glen Abbey have either ranked first for Driving Accuracy, Driving Distance or Greens in Regulation so there is no one stat that stands out. However winners here tend to rank highly in the putting stats suggesting that Total Driving and Strokes Gained Putting is a combination worth considering when profiling potential winners.
History also tells us that Glen Abbey is not a catch-up course and a fast start looks essential.
This is one of those weeks to approach with caution.
Dustin Johnson 6/1, Matt Kuchar 10/1 and Charley Hoffman 25/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s RBC Canadian Open
RBC Canadian Open Betting Tips 2017