Kuchar & Mahan Among Canadian Open Favorites

By: Brian Blessing | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This week the PGA Tour heads north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open, the third longest national open that is contested behind the British Open and U.S. Open. The event tees off Thursday from Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

The Canadians are not adverse to making the pros earn their money. Sean O'Hair captured the title last year with a winning score of only 4-under par, and he needed a playoff to secure wthe win over Kris Banks.

This year's event features a very strong field. Britiish Open champ Ernie Els is scheduled to compete, but said in his Claret Jug acceptance speech that he might "blow the thing off." Els will probably show up, but likely at the eleventh hour, and is defintely a player who's mind could be elsewhere.

You should always consider Canadian players in this event. Mike Weir's best days are far behind him but Graham DeLaet and Stephen Ames are capable of making some noise. U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson skipped the British Open but is scheduled to appear in Hamilton.

There are some middle-tier players that could seize the opprtunity this week at a decent price. Players like Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt could be contenders, and Jim Furyk has won this event in the past with consecutive titles in 2006-07.

A sneaky long shot is Matt Every, who was a runnerup at the Texas Open and finished sixth at the Memorial. Every has only played once in the last two months, but has serious talent that makes him a legitimate win candidate in the the Canadian Open.

Listed below are the odds to win this week's PGA Tour stop, the RBC Canadian Open. Numbers listed current as of noon (ET) on Tuesday, July 24:

Matt Kuchar  11/1
Hunter Mahan  14/1
Jim Furyk  16/1
Brandt Snedeker  22/1
Ernie Els  25/1
Charl Schwartzel  25/1
Ryan Palmer  28/1
Bo Van Pelt  33/1
Jeff Overton  33/1
Sean O'Hair  33/1
Bud Cauley  40/1
Kyle Stanley  40/1
Robert Garrigus  40/1
Seung-yul Noh  40/1
Brendon De Jonge  50/1
Charlie Wi  50/1
Kevin Na  50/1
Retief Goosen  50/1
Rory Sabbatini  50/1
Scott Piercy  50/1
Tim Clark  50/1
Vijay Singh  50/1
Ben Curtis  66/1
Charley Hoffman  66/1
Graham Delaet  66/1
Harris English  66/1
J.B. Holmes  66/1
John Huh  66/1
Spencer Levin  66/1
Blake Adams  80/1
Brian Davis  80/1
Brian Harman  80/1
Cameron Tringale  80/1
Chris Kirk  80/1
David Hearn  80/1
Ken Duke  80/1
Kevin Streelman  80/1
Matt Every  80/1
Roberto Castro  80/1
Chad Campbell  100/1
Chez Reavie  100/1
Daniel Summerhays  100/1
J.J. Henry  100/1
Jhonattan Vegas  100/1
Jimmy Walker  100/1
Kevin Chappell  100/1
Ricky Barnes  100/1
Ryo Ishikawa  100/1
Scott Brown 100/1
Scott Stallings  100/1
Ted Potter  100/1
Tommy Gainey  100/1
Trevor Immelman  100/1
Troy Matteson  100/1
Will Claxton  100/1
Billy Hurley  125/1
Brian Gay  125/1
Camilo Villegas  125/1
Chris Couch  125/1
D-A Points  125/1
George Mcneill  125/1
Greg Owen  125/1
Heath Slocum  125/1
Kevin Stadler  125/1
Robert Allenby  125/1
Stuart Appleby  125/1
Garth Mulroy  150/1
Gary Christian  150/1
J.J Killeen  150/1   
Jeff Maggert  150/1
John Daly  150/1
John Mallinger  150/1
Josh Teater  150/1
Martin Flores  150/1
Tom Gillis  150/1
William McGirt  150/1

 
 
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