2019 RBC Canadian Open Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
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.
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.
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