RBC Canadian Open Tips, RBC Canadian Open Picks

RBC Canadian Open tips
RBC Canadian Open tips

The RBC Canadian Open was first played in 1904 by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA). It is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour after the British Open Championship and the US Open.

The Canadian Open hasn’t been played since 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That year, it was played at Hamilton Golf & Country Club with Rory McIlroy emerging victorious, seven strokes clear of his nearest rivals.

St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, hosts this year’s tournament having last hosted the event in 2010.

Course Overview

St Georges Golf & Country Club was established in 1909 and was built in co-ordination with the construction of the Royal York Hotel. Canadian golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, designed and led the construction of the golf course.

In 1946 the name of the country club was changed from The Royal York Golf Club to St. George’s Golf and Country Club. The layout will play as a Par 70 that can stretch to 7,014 yards from the back tees.

St. George’s has previously hosted five Canadian Opens;

  • 1933 – won by Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
  • 1949 – won by Dutch Harrison
  • 1960 – won by Art Wall Jr.
  • 1968 – won by Bob Charles
  • 2010 – won by Carl Pettersson

St Georges Golf & Country Club Scorecard

Shortest Longest Average
Par 3’s 146 215 195
Par 4’s 370 486 441
Par 5’s 528 560 542

The course is a classic design with tree-lined fairways, elevation changes and smaller than average greens. The challenge this week looks to rest with the Par 3’s.

The layout has five Par 3’s with four playing at just over 200+ yards. The course has three Par 5’s which are modest in length by Tour standards. The Par 4’s range in length from 370 – 486 yards.

The layout and design of St George’s features superb routing with holes that keep the layout challenging despite its lack of length. This week looks like accuracy will trump distance, a fact highlighted by the players who finished in the Top 20 when last played at St Georges.

2010 Canadian Open | Top 20 Finishers

POS PLAYER R1 R2 R3 R4 SCORE TOT
1 Carl Pettersson 71 68 60 67 -14 266
2 Dean Wilson 65 65 65 72 -13 267
3 Luke Donald 69 66 67 66 -12 268
T4 Greg Chalmers 66 69 70 65 -10 270
T4 Tim Clark 66 64 69 71 -10 270
T4 Bob Estes 66 67 66 71 -10 270
T4 Charley Hoffman 65 71 69 65 -10 270
T4 Matt Kuchar 70 67 66 67 -10 270
T4 Bryce Molder 70 67 63 70 -10 270
T4 Jeff Quinney 71 66 64 69 -10 270
T4 Charlie Wi 69 68 67 66 -10 270
T4 Michael Letzig 66 70 69 65 -10 270
T13 Trevor Immelman 67 68 65 71 -9 271
T13 Kevin Na 67 67 68 69 -9 271
T13 Steve Wheatcroft 65 66 73 67 -9 271
T13 Brendon de Jonge 69 67 66 69 -9 271
T17 David Duval 68 67 72 65 -8 272
T17 Chris Riley 69 69 65 69 -8 272
T17 Kevin Sutherland 73 62 65 72 -8 272
T17 Kirk Triplett 71 67 67 67 -8 272
T17 Jimmy Walker 65 73 68 66 -8 272
T17 Hunter Mahan 65 67 70 70 -8 272
T17 Matt Bettencourt 70 65 68 69 -8 272

The RBC Canadian Open is a hard one to assess due to course rotation and it’s slot before the US Open. With unfamiliar greens serving as targets, Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green will yet again be a key consideration. Those in tune with distance and accuracy who sink their fair share of putts should thrive.

This is one of those weeks to approach with caution.

RBC Canadian Open Tips

Shane Lowry golf betting tips

Shane Lowry 18/1 (E/W) – the Irishman has good history at the RBC Canadian Open with a T12 in 2018 when played at Gen Abbey and a T2 in 2019 at Hamilton Golf Club. Enjoying a very solid season with three Top 10’s among seven Top 25’s from twelve starts. Statistically balanced, the 35-year old features inside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. Currently 11th on Tour for Strokes Gained Approach and 6th for Scoring Average. Among the elite in the field, he ticks a lot of boxes to make some noise around St Georges.

Tony Finau golf betting tips

Tony Finau 25/1 (E/W) – a regular at the RBC Canadian Open, his best finish in the recent past is a T5 in 2017 when played at Glen Abbey. Landed his first Top 10 of the season at the recent Mexico Open, he followed with a battling T30 in the PGA Championship and a T4 in his last outing at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Despite weak Scrambling stats, the Utah native still places inside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis, While most players at the top end of the market will have an eye on next week’s US Open, he is probably hungrier than most for a return to the winner’s circle – might just be enough to give him an edge. Ticks a lot of boxes.

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Author: Timmothy Castro