RBC Canadian Picks
The 2009 RBC Canadian Open begins play on Thursday, July 23 and our team of writers and handicappers have put together free picks for this PGA event.
Events following a major championship often lack a lot of star power, and while the big names like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson may not be playing this weekend, the RBC Canadian Open still has a very competitive field with some of the top golfers in the world.
Chez Reavie is the defending champion of the event, and enters this year’s event with 175/1 odds. Prior to Reavie, Jim Furyk took the title in back-to-back years.
With such a competitive field, the race to pick a winner is wide open with plenty of strong candidates. Here are some strong plays with good odds in the bettor’s favor.
Anthony Kim 18/1
After missing the cut last weekend at the British Open, Kim was able to return to the United States earlier than planned, where he can focus on getting his first PGA win of the year. After winning two events in 2008, Kim is winless in 2009, but has been getting closer with each week. Kim has made his last four cuts on the tour and improved his finish in each event, with a third place finish at the AT&T National coming three weeks ago.
Mike Weir 18/1
It’s hard to not like Canada’s most famous golfer in an event in his home country. Weir almost won the event in 2004, holding a three-shot lead at one point before giving up the lead to Vijay Singh. Weir has made his last five cuts in non-major PGA events, including three finishes of 16th or better. Weir finished fifth in last year’s RBC Canadian Open and has 11 top 10 finishes in the last two seasons.
Luke Donald 25/1
Donald is coming off a fifth place finish at the British Open and has made his last six cuts in non-major events, including a second place finish at the Verizon Heritage. Donald has seven top 15 finishes in 2009 and is a strong play at 25/1 odds.
The 2009 RBC Canadian Open will be played at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario, Canada starting on Thursday, July 23 and concluding Sunday, July 26.
Posted: 7/21/09 8:45PM ET