The RBC Canadian Open kicks off with its new date on the PGA Tour schedule. The move from summer heat to possible cooler temps has proven to be a popular one. With the event being a week before the US Open the Canadian Open field has turned into a strong one with Dustin Johnson being tapped as the favorite.

Johnson, who is currently ranked No. 2 on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), enters the event at +600 with the No. 1 ranked player, Brooks Koepka, trailing slightly behind at +650 entering round one. The top two players in the world will be joined by a host of other top-twenty ranked players including No. 4 ranked Rory McIlroy who comes in at +1000.


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Just to show you how deep the top of the projected leaderboard is, here’s a look at the top five favored players to win the RBC Canadian Open showing opening odds and OWGR ranking.

Dustin Johnson +600 No. 2
Brooks Koepka +650 No. 1
Rory McIlroy +1000 No. 4
Justin Thomas +1400 No. 6
Matt Kuchar +2200 No. 13

Past Winners List Lacking Recent Winners

The Canadian Open is top-heavy with ranked golfers and former Major winners but the field is lacking many of the most recent winners. Only three of the last ten winners are entered in the field. Missing is Jhonattan Vegas who went back to back in 2016 and 2017. Jason Day, who won in 2015, is passing on the event heading into the US Open.

Other winners of the Canadian Open are playing but their wins came outside of the ten-year window of former event Champions. One such player is Jim Furyk who also pulled off the double when he won the Open in 2006 and 2007. Furyk, at +4500, is at ranked close to the leaders heading into play on Thursday as he’s bunched with former Open winner Brandy Snedeker at +4000 and Bubba Watson who comes in at +3500.


2018 Dustin Johnson +600
2017 Jhonattan Vegas Not playing
2016 Jhonattan Vegas Not playing
2015 Jason Day Not playing

2014 Tim Clark Not playing

2013 Brandt Snedeker +4000
2012 Scott Piercy +3300
2011 Sean O'Hair Not playing
2010 Carl Pettersson Not playing
2009 Nathan Green Not playing


Can Johnson become next Back-to-Back Open Winner?

The top-five favored players are all ones you would expect to walk away with the RBC Canadian Open title and you can’t strike Dustin Johnson off the list. Johnson enters the event with seven top-ten finishes in 2019. He won the World Golf Championships-Mexico and carded the No. 2 spot at the PGA Championship and was tied for second at the Masters in Augusta. He’s also been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for a ridiculous number of weeks.

As a defending Champ, Johnson is hitting all of the marks to make an argument that he will successfully defend his crown and enter the US Open as the favorite. Of course, Koepka, McIlroy, and Thomas will being doing their best to knock him off the throne. The problem with Koepka is that the Canadian Open has not been his best event as he’s missed the cut twice and carded a T18 for his best finish.

The Open could produce a winner that come from further down the favorites list. As mentioned above, Jim Furyk is a repeat champion at the Open and he’s been playing consistent golf as of late. He’s not the only one. Sergio Garcia, at +2500, has managed to cap his anger issues from 2018 and Keegan Bradley who has shown flashes of greatness this year. Last year at the Canadian Open Bradley nailed five eagles during the course of the week. That feat had not happened since 2011.

This years RCB Canadian Open will probably end with one of the top-five favored players holding the trophy but the odds tighten up from the number one spot to deep in the field making this an opportunity for a dark-horse to win.

And, keep this stat in mind if you take nationality into consideration. The Canadian Open has only been won by a Canadian player seven times since it started in 1904. The last Canadian winner came in 1954 when Pat Fletcher took the crown. Over the course of the event, a player from the United States has won 72 times. England and Australia are tied at second with eight wins each.


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Complete odds to win the 2019 RBC Canadian Open Outright

Dustin Johnson +600
Brooks Koepka +650
Rory McIlroy +1000

Justin Thomas +1400
Matt Kuchar +2200
Webb Simpson +2200
Sergio Garcia +2500
Henrik Stenson +3300
Scott Piercy +3300
Bubba Watson +3500
Brandt Snedeker +4000
Shane Lowry +4000
Jim Furyk +4500
Jason Dufner +5000
Bud Cauley +5000
Ryan Palmer +5000
Keegan Bradley +6600
Aaron Wise +6600
Daniel Berger +6600
Austin Cook +6600
Jonas Blixt +6600
Lucas Bjerregaard +6600
Adam Hadwin +6600
Sungjae Im +7500
Alex Noren +7500
Sung Kang +8000
Brian Harman +8000
Erik Van Rooyen +8000

Jimmy Walker +8000
Zach Johnson +8000
Graeme McDowell +8000
Joaquin Niemann +8000
Corey Conners +8000
Kevin Tway +8000
Danny Willett +10000
J.B. Holmes +10000
Nick Watney +10000
Mackenzie Hughes +10000
Russell Henley +10000
Brian Gay +10000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +10000
Scott Stallings +12500
Trey Mullinax +12500
Dylan Frittelli +12500
Danny Lee +12500
Martin Laird +12500
Peter Uihlein +12500
Kramer Hickok +12500
Matt Every +12500
Denny McCarthy +12500
Peter Malnati +15000
Shawn Stefani +15000
Talor Gooch +15000

Nick Taylor +15000
Ryan Armour +15000
Harold Varner III +15000
David Lingmerth +15000
Bill Haas +15000
Seamus Power +15000
JJ Spaun +15000
Sebastian Munoz +15000
Ollie Schniederjans +15000
Harris English +15000
Stephan Jaeger +15000
Tyler Duncan +15000
Wyndham Clark +17500
Cameron Tringale +20000
Luke Donald +20000
Chris Stroud +20000
Josh Teater +20000
Roberto Castro +20000
Zack Sucher +20000
Adam Schenk +20000
Sepp Straka +20000
Roger Sloan +20000
Jim Knous +20000
Roberto Diaz +20000
Scott Brown +25000

Padraig Harrington +25000
Brandon Harkins +25000
David Hearn +25000
Nate Lashley +25000
Curtis Luck +25000
Johnson Wagner +25000
Tom Hoge +25000
Hank Lebioda +25000
Alex Cejka +25000
Jonathan Byrd +25000
Kelly Kraft +25000
Ben Silverman +25000
Nicholas Lindheim +25000
Sam Saunders +25000
Chad Campbell +25000
Brady Schnell +25000

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