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Preview: PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open

Preview – PGA Tour – RBC Canadian Open – Royal Montreal Golf Club – Quebec, Canada –

The PGA Tour and FedEx Cup race return to action this week in Canada for the RBC Canadian Open.

Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course hosts the tournament for the 10th time. The Ile Bizard, Quebec track measures more than 7,100 yards and plays to a par 70. The event dates back to 1904.

A host of international players and American headliners visits Canada the week following the Open Championship. Two dozen players from the Open Championship made the trip over from England for this championship, including Ernie Els, Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel.

Several past U.S. Open champions headline the field including Jim Furyk, who finished fourth at the Open, and Graeme McDowell. Matt Kuchar, No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the top-ranked player in the field. But, Kuchar comes in without a Top 10 in his last five starts.

2013 Recap:

  • After leading through 36 holes, Hunter Mahan bailed to be with his wife for a child birth. Brandt Snedeker took advance at Glen Abbey Golf Club shooting 63 in round three en route to finishing 16-under overall. He was three clear of Johnson, Kuchar, William McGirt and Jason Bohn. DJ had a shot to win until a triple-bogey at the 71st hole.

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

FANTASY:  With a field stacked Johnson’s length should play well here. He was in the mix at the Open against last week for a stretch. He was T-2 at the RBC last season. Furyk ended up T-9 in Canada last season and comes in with momentum. Charley Hoffman enters having made 12 straight cuts coming into this week and was T-3 at Congressional. He is also 10th in Greens in Regulation. Consider McDowell, a winner in France on the European Tour in early July. He was T-9 at the Open.

BETTORS: Ladbrokes established Johnson and Furyk as co-betting favorites at 12-to-1 odds. Furyk is a two-time champion of the Canadian Open. Mahan (28-1) is a solid selection with his history in Canada. He has made 14 of 18 cuts this season. DJ last won in November last year at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. For longer shots, take Hoffman (35-1) and Tim Clark, at 50-1, who is worth a look. He is first in proximity to the hole on the PGA Tour and third in Fairways in Regulation.

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

Other Golf News:

  • The European Tour hosts the M2M Russian Masters. Scott Jamieson is the outright betting favorite at the event at 14-1.
  • The Senior Open Championship tees off Thursday at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. Mark Wiebe is the defending champion, but the betting favorites are Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez – both at 5-1. Monty won both the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open.
  • The inaugural International Crown on the LPGA Tour debuts this week near Baltimore, Maryland at Caves Valley Golf Club. The event features eight countries represented by four players from each, based on Rolex Rankings back in April. The matches include two pools with the United States at the No. 1 overall seed. Best-Ball and Singles matches are scheduled.