PGA Tour preview, fantasy and betting picks: RBC Canadian Open

Preview – PGA Tour – RBC Canadian Open – Glen Abbey Golf Club – Oak Hill, Ontario – Canada –

Fresh of the season’s third major championship, the PGA Tour and FedEx Cup race return to action this week in Canada for the RBC Canadian Open.

The Canadian national championship dates back to 1904 with a rotation between courses. This year the Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oak Hill, Ontario hosts the 72-hole event. The par 72 layout stretches to more than 7,200 yards and hosts for the 27th-time.

A host of international players and American headliners tee it up this week following the Open Championship including Top 10 players – Jason Day, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson. Plenty of young PGA Tour players like Tony Finau and Austin Cook are trying to breakthrough for their first victories and to position for a run at the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Looking for international players to make a run this week consider Graeme McDowell, but avoid Canadian-born players who tend to put too much pressure on themselves this week (David Hearn and Graham DeLaet).

2014 Recap:

  • Tim Clark (17-under) rallied on the weekend at Royal Montreal to claim the title edging Furyk by a shot. Clark shot 64-65 for second career PGA Tour victory. Justin Hicks shot 64 in the final round to finish third alone, while Kuchar and Michael Putnam logged T-4 efforts at 11-under.

Recent past champions here include Mahan, Carl Pettersson, Sean O’Hair and Nathan Green.

FANTASY:  Furyk ended up T-9 in Canada two seasons ago and runner-up last year. He has two victories in Canada but neither were at this venue. He comes in 7th in the world rankings. After an emotional finish at the Open Championship, avoid Day for this spot. He probably needs some time to recover. Might start out fine, but would be gassed by Sunday. Luke Donald is trending heading into Canada with a T-12 at Open preceded by a Top 10.

BETTORS: Sky Bet established Day, who is No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, as the betting favorite at 8-to-1 odds to win the title. For value, consider O’Hair at 80-1 odds. He’s a past champion and lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth earlier this season in Tampa. Take Mahan (28-1) in this spot. A sluggish year can turn around fast here – a spot where was the 36-hole leader two seasons ago before withdrawing to be with wife at the birth their baby. A sleeper here could be Steve Stricker, who plays a limited scheduled these days. Strick is rested and pays off 66-1 odds.

The Golf Channel has coverage Thursday and Friday with CBS Sports handling television Saturday and Sunday.

Other Golf News:

  • The European Tour hosts the Omega European Masters in the Swiss Alps this week. Sergio Garcia, who was in the mix at the Open’s final nine holes, is the favorite as a 7 ½-1 betting selection. The field also features Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Victor Dubuisson and Danny Willett, who was a shot out of the lead through 36 holes at the Old Course.
  • The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex tees off Thursday in Berkshire, England. Colin Montgomerie is the betting favorite as a 5-1 selection. Monty won the Senior PGA in May.
  • Watson has missed two cuts this season – both major championships (U.S. Open and Open Championship).
  • Inbee Park, the Rolex Ranking World No. 1, headlines the field at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft this week in Michigan. A 3-1 pick, Park has plenty of high-profile competition including Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and last week’s champion Chella Choi.