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Tournament: RBC Canadian Open
Date: July 24-27, 2014
Venue: Royal Montreal Golf Club, Blue Course
Location: Montreal, Quebec

The PGA Tour heads north of the border this week for the RBC Canadian Open. This tournament was once widely regarded as one of the most prestigious events of the year but has lost favor in recent years and is now sandwiched between three big events (British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship).

As a result, just two top-10 players (Matt Kuchar and JimFuryk) and four others from the top-25 (Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, Luke Donald) in the World Golf rankings will be amongst the field this weekend. Surprisingly, that places just three Americans out of the 13 from the top-25 in this tourney.

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Brandt Snedeker will attempt to defend his title this week as last season he had an easy three-stroke victory where 10 of the top 11 players were from the United States.

Since 1995, American-born players have won 16-of-19 times at this event, so let’s take a look at some golfers who could keep the U.S. dominance going, and a few who will try to earn a victory from other parts of the world.

Golfers to Watch

Jim Furyk (23/2): Furyk is an obvious choice here with all his success he has had in this tournament in the past. He won back-to-back times back in 2006 and 2007, and had a ninth-place finish at the event last year. Furyk has not slowed down in 2014 either, and as a 44-year-old has made the cut in every tournament on the season while finishing as the runner-up in two tournaments (Wells Fargo Championship and The PLAYERS Championship); putting him in 14th place on the FedEx Cup leaderboard. His accurate driver (70.3%, 9th on tour) combined with amazing scrambling (68.7%, best on tour) has earned him 21 straight made cuts, and he should be eyeing his 17th PGA Tour victory this week.

Graeme McDowell (15/1): McDowell has played in just 14 tournaments this year (12 on PGA Tour, 2 on European Tour) and has done very well, winning once on the European Tour and putting together nine top-10 finishes between the two. He placed 9th this past week at The British Open and has been playing great golf lately due to his tremendous putting (1.006 strokes gained, best on tour). McDowell's momentum this year should put him in the running to take home the trophy this weekend.

Dustin Johnson (23/2): Johnson has been having a great year, as he ranks third in the FedEx Cup standings with top-12 finishes at the last two majors -- fourth at the U.S. Open and 12th at the British Open Championship. These were big performances, as he did not do well in the middle part of the season. Johnson has a huge drive (311.3 yards per, 2nd on tour) and uses those big shots to hit plenty of greens in regulation (68.5%, 18th on tour), which should both help him improve on his runner-up performance here in 2013.

William McGirt (60/1): McGirt, just like Johnson, tied for second-place here last year with a score of 13-under and also was the runner-up in 2012, as he lost by just one stroke. He has one of the better putting strokes (.380 strokes gained putting, 21st on tour) and has been able to parlay that into five top-25 finishes this year. This tournament has eluded him now for a few years and would be the fitting venue for him to earn his first career PGA Tour event.

David Hearn (40/1): The Canadian-born player has made eight cuts in his past nine events and has posted three top-30 performances in that time; including placing sixth at The PLAYERS Championship back in May. He ranks in the top-30 in both driving accuracy (66.3%) and strokes gained putting (.350), and should certainly be pumped to play in front of his native Canadians.

Betting Odds - Provided by Sportsbook.ag

Dustin Johnson 23/2
Jim Furyk 23/2
Matt Kuchar 12/1
Graeme McDowell 14/1
Charl Schwartzel 17/1
Brandt Snedeker 20/1
Graham Delaet 20/1
Luke Donald 23/1
Hunter Mahan 25/1
Charley Hoffman 30/1
David Hearn 40/1
Bo Van Pelt 50/1
Tim Clark 50/1
Aaron Baddeley 50/1
K.J. Choi 55/1
Jerry Kelly 60/1
Nick Watney 60/1
Kevin Chappell 60/1
Russell Knox 60/1
William McGirt 60/1
Carl Pettersson 60/1
Seung-Yul Noh 65/1
Robert Garrigus 65/1
Erik Compton 70/1
Ben Crane 75/1
Camilo Villegas 75/1
Scott Brown 80/1
Jason Bohn 90/1
Stewart Cink 95/1
Morgan Hoffmann 95/1
Sang-Moon Bae 95/1
Retief Goosen 95/1
Chad Campbell 95/1
Luke Guthrie 95/1
Michael Putnam 100/1
Scott Piercy 100/1
Johnson Wagner 110/1
Andres Romero 110/1
Mike Weir 110/1
Jhonattan Vegas 110/1
John Huh 110/1
Pat Perez 110/1
Martin Flores 120/1
Martin Laird 120/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 120/1
Jeff Overton 120/1
Troy Merritt 120/1
Brian Davis 130/1
David Lingmerth 130/1
Charlie Beljan 130/1
Geoff Ogilvy 130/1
Stuart Appleby 130/1
Vijay Singh 130/1
Robert Streb 140/1
Thomas Aiken 160/1
Andrew Svoboda 160/1
Danny Lee 160/1
Richard H. Lee 160/1
Bryce Molder 160/1
Kyle Stanley 160/1
Ben Curtis 170/1
Justin Leonard 170/1
Will Wilcox 170/1
Ricky Barnes 170/1
D.A. Points 180/1
J.J. Henry 180/1
Roberto Castro 180/1
John Merrick 180/1
Adam Hadwin 180/1
Joe Durant 180/1
Robert Allenby 180/1
John Daly 180/1
Jonathan Byrd 190/1
Ted Potter Jr. 200/1
Greg Chalmers 200/1
Trevor Immelman 200/1
John Peterson 210/1
Josh Teater 210/1
Brad Fritsch 210/1
Justin Hicks 210/1
Tyrone Van Aswegen 210/1
Tommy Gainey 210/1
Oliver Goss 210/1
James Hahn 220/1
Nicholas Thompson 220/1
Sean O' Hair 220/1
Steve Marino 240/1
Kevin Kisner 240/1
Brian Gay 240/1
Charlie Wi 250/1
Jamie Lovemark 250/1
Kevin Tway 250/1
Alex Prugh 250/1
Derek Ernst 250/1
Jim Renner 250/1
Chad Collins 250/1
Heath Slocum 250/1
Wes Roach 250/1
D.H. Lee 250/1
Edward Loar 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
David Duval 250/1
Woody Austin 250/1
John Rollins 250/1
Andrew Loupe 250/1
Ken Duke 250/1
Lucas Glover 250/1
Mark Wilson 250/1
Peter Malnati 250/1
Hudson Swafford 250/1
Tag Ridings 250/1
Jim Herman 250/1
Nathan Green 250/1
Troy Matteson 250/1
Jeff Maggert 250/1

  
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