The Canadian Open returns to one of the most revered golf courses in the country, Glen Abbey Golf Course. As well as holding the Canadian golf Hall of Fame and the country’s golfing headquarters, it was the first course that Jack Nicklaus designed entirely on his own. The 7,273 yard track includes some stunning holes such as the 11th,where players tee off to a fairway that sits 60 meters below them and the 221-yard par three ninth where players must carry water but hit the green to miss three bunkers guarding the back of the hole.
Despite the Open Championship finishing on Monday there is a strong enough field at the Canadian Open. With specially chartered planes bringing over some of the stars of St. Andrews, the Canadian galleries will be wowed by the likes of Jason Day, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson. Each of them will be looking to add some valuable FedEx Cup points as the season draws ever closer to its conclusion.
After falling just short of glory at the Open, Jason Day tops the outright market. The 27-year-old Australian almost always takes the aggressive option, an approach that has seen him win three times on the PGA Tour. He is in the top 25 players on Tour in terms of greens hit in regulation, second in terms of birdie average and in fact is ranked third when all statistics are combined. A huge driver of the ball, Day misses the fairway more than most but that shouldn’t be too punishing around Glen Abbey. Distance will not be a problem for Day this week and if he gets the ball close to the hole he will once again challenge at fair odds of 9/1 with Bet365.
Another player who had a good week at the Open is Luke Donald. He finally looks like putting a torrid couple of years behind him. If it weren’t for a third round 73 Donald would have finished higher up the leaderboard but he’ll be content with a tied 12th finish. His improved form sees no sign of stopping. Even with a poor start to the season the 37-year-old’s short game and powers of recovery have never let him down. Scoring will be low this week but many players will still miss a high proportion of these small greens. Donald’s ability to get up-and-down and his great approach play make him an excellent each-way shout at 22/1 with Bet365.
Matt Kuchar is having another solid season on the PGA Tour. He’s not yet won but three top 10s and only one missed cut leave him well placed at 34th on the FedEx Cup. The last time he played at Glen Abbey the ever-reliable Kuchar was joint second. This time around his very impressive putting could see him secure a very useful top five finish. The bookies clearly feel that Kuchar is a danger this week as he’s been ranked a 16/1 shot with Bet365. His birdie average ranks at 42nd but he’s seventh in terms of eagles per hole. If the putts drop, expect a return to form and a serious challenge.