Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:58 AM
RBC Open - Matchup Bets
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The PGA TOUR heads north of the border for the
RBC Canadian Open
at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario. The event hasn't been played at this venue since 2012 when Scott Piercy won, while also hosting in 2006 and 2003.
Each week we'll take a look at the best round matchups to try and build up a nice bankroll.
Corey Conners (-120) vs. Jonas Blixt (-110): Conners is the favorite in this one, and it's likely because of home-course advantage. Well, Conners is from Alberta, not Ontario, but he'll have the fans outside of the ropes on his side since he is Canadian. This is the one event all players from the Great White North want to do well, and Conners has the tools for success. He is 43rd in Driving Accuracy Percentage, while ranking sixth in Greens In Regulation (GIR), hitting 71.92 percent of his greens. He also ranks 16th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, so he checks a lot of the boxes for success at Hamilton.
Jim Furyk (-130) vs. Shane Lowry (+100): Furyk might be getting a little long in the tooth at 49 years old, but he still exhibits plenty of patience on the golf course, with an even-keel style even when things aren't going his way, tremendous finesse and a lot of experience. He missed the cut the last time this event was in Hamilton back in 2012, but he won the Canadian open at Hamilton G&CC back in 2006. He has made the cut in 10 of his 15 events this season, including three top-10s, and he is playing at a high level despite his advanced age.
Adam Hadwin (-130) vs. Sung Kang (+100): Again, I'll take a Canadian over a non-Canadian in this event any day of the week. He missed the cut in this event back in 2006, but he was just a young buck then. He also shot 4-under 66 in the opening round before nerves set in and shot him down the leaderboard and under the cut line. He ranks 39th in accuracy off the tee, and he is an impressive scrambler and putter, too. Hadwin has the chance to not only make the cut and beat Kang, but challenge for a top-20 showing.
Scott Piercy (+105) vs. Sergio Garcia (-135): I'll roll with Piercy, who won this event back in 2012 when it was played in Hamilton. His knowledge of the course, albeit seven years ago, is invaluable. The 40-year-old has been no slouch this season, either, making seven consecutive cuts, and 16 of 18 overall, including a runner-up at the AT&T Byron Nelson and a third-place showing at the RBC Heritage,. breaking the bank for $358.8K in that South Carolina event with the same sponsor. Can lightning strike twice? The table is set nicely.
Scott Piercy (+100) vs. Henrik Stenson (-130): If Piercy doesn't show out, his selection could be costly times two. But I like the fact he has won at this course before, and he is playing well lately while Stenson is spinning his wheels in neutral. The Swede has finished 20th or higher in each of his past six singular events, and he has just one top-10 showing in 11 events this season.
Last event (Charles Schwab): 4-0 (+400)
This season: 16-21-2 (-740)
Top 20 Finish - Scott Piercy (-115): Again, I'm going all-in on Piercy this week. I like the way he is playing lately, as well as that win at Hamilton last time this event was played here in 2012.
Top 20 Finish - Brandt Snedeker (+125): Snedeker's even-keel and finesse, similar to Furyk, will serve him well this week. Snedeker ranks second in SG: Around the Green, and 26th in SG: Total. He is also 15th in Putts Per Round (28.34), so if he can avoid mistakes off the tee, look out.
Top 20 Finish - Adam Hadwin and Corey Conners (+260): I am flying the Maple Leaf flag loud and proud, backing the two Canadians for a top-20 showing.
Last event: 0-2 (-670)
This season: 13-26 (-883)