Doc’s Top-5 Best Bets – Canadian Open

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Shane Lowrry Photo from Getty Images

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2019 Canadian Open Betting Preview And Tips
June 6th – 9th, 2019
Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Par: 70 / Yardage: 6,967
Purse: $7.6 million with $1,368,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson

Favourite Watch
Defending champ Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka lead the field in the betting at 6/1 joint favourites and the star studded cast also includes Rory McIlroy at 10/1.  Beware of these short pre-tournament odds at the best of times but especially the week before a Major when many of the big names treat it as a tune up.

Doc’s Top Five Each Way Bets 

Shane Lowry 50/1
Winner in Abu Dhabi back in January and Shane Lowry is really looking sharp ahead of the US Open where he came so close to victory in 2016. Lightly raced but in-form coming in with a T3 at the RBC Heritage and T8 last time out at the PGA Championship. This track with tight poa bentgrass greens should be right up Shane’s alley.

Scott Piercy 28/1
Winner the last time Hamilton GC staged the event in 2012, and while the course has undergone a huge tree removal to restore it to the original Harry Colt design since, the test remains much the same and Piercy has the form to contend. Six top-10’s already this season including a T3 at Hilton Head and T19 last week at Memorial. Solid each way chances.

Webb Simpson 22/1
I’m still scratching my head as to why Webb Simpson hasn’t kicked on since a T5 at The Masters. With only one missed cut this season and churning out performances week in week out without ever really contending, he’s due a big week. Has all the ball striking acumen to prevail on this tricky classic par-70.

Jason Dufner 50/1
Dufner returns to the Canadian Open for the first time since a T3 in 2009 and looked with a T7 at Memorial to have found that almost metronomic fairways and greens game that makes him a tidy living among the bomb and gouge merchants of the modern Tour. It’s courses like this where Dufner can thrive and with confidence high, he looks a solid each way shout.

Jim Furyk 40/1
Jim Furyk rolled back the years at The Players this year with a solo 2nd but kind of lost his mojo then with missed cuts at the Heritage and PGA Championship.  Since then he has improved to a T13 at Colonial and T33 at Muirfield Village last week where his tee to green stats are up with the best only to be let down by averaging 117 putts per event. Traditionally putts his best however on poa greens and I think he will be in the mix come Sunday. Gets my last pick over Bud Cauley at the same odds.

Long Odds Glory Shots
There’s plenty of long odds glory looks this week including Ryan Palmer at 66/1 who shot four rounds in the 60’s last week at The Memorial on his way to a T7 finish.  


Austin Cook messed up on Saturday last week but at 100/1 is another to follow this week. 

Looking further down the odds Mackenzie Hughes is listed at 150/1. He’s the local hero this week and knows the course like the back of his hand. Comes in off a T8 at Colonial last time out. 



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