Expert Picks: RBC Canadian Open

THE PGA tour heads to Montreal, Canada for this year’s RBC Canadian Open. It returns to Royal Montreal Golf Club for the first time since 2001, when Scott Verplank took the honors in Quebec. This week also marks an unfortunate milestone for Canada, it is now six decades since a Canadian player has won their National Open. But could there be a first Canadian Winner since Karl Keffer back in 1914?

Our top tip of the week is Canadian born Graham DeLaet to take victory, and end the 60 year curse of the Canadian Open. DeLaet is having another strong PGA tour season, as he continues to look for his first PGA Tour title. He has 6 top 10’s this year , include T2 finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Despite missing the cut at the Open Championship, he still ranks second in Greens in Regulation. That combined with a driving distance of 304 yards bodes well for the World number 38. At 25/1 he offers decent value and genuine chance

South African player Tim Clark is having somewhat of a disappointing year on the PGA tour. He ranks 85 on the FedEx cup standings heading into this week, mainly thanks to a T2 finish at the McGladrey Classic, and more recently a T5 finish at the John Deere Classic. Despite a poor start to the year by his standards, he does rank third in driving accuracy, and first for GIR’s within 75- 100 yards. At 50/1 he’s good value to continue where he left of at the John Deere Classic.

Our value tip of the week if for PGA tour veteran Jeff Overton, who like DeLaet will be looking for his first PGA tour victory. He has yet another solid year racking up 3 top 10 finishes, include 4th place at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He is one of the leading players on tour for scrambling, and ranks third from scrambling from the rough. He’s got the game for sure, he made the 2010 Ryder Cup and is the only player to have ever played a Ryder Cup without winning a PGA tour event. If he’s able to produce the golf he did in 2010, then he’s a very attractive price at 100/1

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