PGA TOUR: RBC Canadian Open
The Jack Nicklaus designed 7,250 yards long, par 71 Glen Abbey course hosts this even for the fourth time in the last five years so course form is well established. Previous history suggests that accuracy may be more beneficial than power on this track, however longer hitters have prevailed over the past two years. Players who fade the ball may have a slight edge as with many Nicklaus designed courses.
OUTRIGHT: Bubba Watson, 0.5 pts win and place 33/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Watson has endured a pretty torrid time this season on the back of losing a lot of weight and signing a contract to play a new brand of ball. While there is little doubt that these factors have weighed on his play there were signs last week at Royal Birkdale (where he finished inside the top thirty under trying conditions) that his appetite for the game has returned. Having already finished second here in 2015 we know he can take advantage of the course.
OUTRIGHT: Patrick Cantlay, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Cantlay returns to the fray this week after a long lay-off due to injury. Johnson and Kuchar aside he is one of the truly class acts in this relatively weak field as he has already demonstrated this year in finishing runner-up in the Valspar event in March and tied third in The Heritage in April.
EURO TOUR: Porsche European Open
The Green Eagle course hosts a full European Tour event for the first time. At 7,800 yards with no less than five par 5s it’s the longest and toughest courses on the Tour rota with water hazards coming into play at most holes. With so many par 5s on the course longer hitters may have an edge here but equally accurate iron play on the par 3s may be advantageous.
OUTRIGHT: Richie Ramsay, 0.5 pts win and place 33/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Having sided with Ramsay with some success over the last two events it may well pay to stick with him this week after a strong showing at Royal Birkdale last week. With his confidence high he can approach this event with optimism and with his strong iron play and wedge play it is worth taking a chance that he will thrive on this track.