RBC Canadian Open Picks, Predictions, Odds

The RBC Canadian Open makes its return as a PGA Tour stop this week. This was the only traditional PGA Tour event that was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, and Canada is delighted to have the tour return to the Great White North. St. George’s Golf and Country Club will play host to the Canadian Open for the first time since 2010, and players will be happy to know that there are new greens and new bunkers in order to better deal with the cold Canadian winter.

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Of course, the RBC Canadian Open has been overshadowed by the creation of LIV Golf. Several players have now resigned from the PGA Tour in order to play in the rival competition, including Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, and Charl Schwartzel. That will put a bit of a shadow over this event although many of the top players in the world will be teeing off at St. George’s on Thursday ahead of the U.S. Open next week.


  • Date: June 9 - June 12, 2022
  • Venue: St. George's Golf and Country Club
  • Location: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
  • Course Length: 7,079 yards
  • Course Par: 70
  • Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy (2019)
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  • Cameron Smith to win the RBC Canadian Open (+1500)
  • Harold Varner III to Miss the Cut (+225)
  • Rory McIlroy Top 10 Finish (+120)


Only a couple golfers have been more impressive on the PGA Tour this year than Cameron Smith. He won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January and followed that up with a PLAYERS Championship in early March. Smith has five top ten finishes this season and earned a T3 at the Masters two months ago.

Smith’s odds to win the RBC Canadian Open would be a little lower had he not collapsed in the final round of the Memorial last week. He was in contention to win the tournament and was tied for second at eight-under before shooting a 77 on Sunday. That led to a disappointing T13 finish for Smith, and he will look to make up for that at the RBC Canadian Open.

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There was a considerable amount of buzz surrounding Harold Varner III after he shot 71 on Thursday and Friday at the Masters this year, and he placed T3 at the RBC Heritage Open and T4 at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April. However, he has not looked the same since returning to play at the PGA Championship where he finished every round over par.

Varner easily made the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but he shot a 78 on the final day of play to finish T27. He may be returning to the form we saw earlier this season when he failed to make it to the weekend four times in five events, so this is decent value on Varner to miss the cut.


The nominal defending champion should have a strong performance at St. George’s this weekend. McIlroy won the most recent RBC Canadian Open in 2019 at Hamilton, smashing the competition to win by seven strokes with a course record of 258.

This has been a bounce back year for McIlroy, as he won the CJ Cup and finished runner-up at the Masters and T8 at the PGA Championship. McIlroy has finished in the top ten in five of his nine events this year, so the +odds are worth backing.