The PGA Tour makes a welcome return to Canada this week and we’ve got three golfers for punters to keep a close eye on in our Canadian Open tips.
This is the first staging of the event since 2019 due to the pandemic and Rory McIlroy, who walked away with the trophy three years ago, is one of five players in the field currently occupying spots in the world’s top 10.
Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Cameron Smith and Sam Burns are also at St George’s Golf and Country Club, so here’s our three off the tee and their Canadian Open betting odds:
JUSTIN THOMAS @ 10.0
Of the big boys at the head of the betting, US PGA champion Thomas looks the best of the bunch for our Canadian Open predictions.
Thomas followed his Southern Hills victory with his only missed cut of the year, at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and then took the week off when his rivals headed for the Memorial Tournament.
He’ll travel north well rested and raring to in the final event before the US Open at Brookline next week.
In strokeplay competitions preceding majors this year, Thomas posted a T3 at the Valspar Championship and a T5 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, so we know he likes to get in the prep well for the big events.
MATT FITZPATRICK @ 19.0
Englishman Fitzpatrick did the business for us in our preview of the year’s second major last month, finishing in a tie for fifth place at big odds.
He missed the cut last week in his only appearance since the US PGA but we can expect better this time out.
Fitzpatrick does not possess the power off the tee of some of his rivals but that is not as important on this track and the 27-year-old is at the business end of the standings in strokes gained around the green.
He has five top-10s to his name this year and is tipped for another bold showing at St George’s in our Canadian Open tips.
ADAM HADWIN @ 41.0
There is a lot of pressure on the highest-ranked Canadian in the world standings when he pegs it up at St George’s – luckily for Hadwin that weight falls on the shoulders of 31st-placed Corey Connors.
Hadwin, sitting a shade outside the top 100, will be as keen as his fellow Canuck to put on a show in front of home fans and will come in under the radar.
The 34-year-old, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, has happy memories of this venue, having made his Tour debut here in 2010 – the last time it hosted the Canadian Open – and claiming the Rivermead Trophy handed out to the low Canadian.
Hadwin has three top-10s this year and half a dozen top-25s, including a share of 18th last time out at the Memorial Tournament.
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