(Courtesy: Golf Digest)

Feel good this week? You should! Well, only if you were wise enough to heed my advice last week at the Open and bet the farm on Francesco Molinari!

The last three months had been a reminder — stay humble, keep digging. Even the best fall down sometimes, and fall I did. An 0-14 slump is brutal for mere mortal, let alone the guy with the crystal brain who can see into the future. That said, it’s all water under the bridge at this point – and a new streak begins!

This week, the PGA Tour heads to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open — one of the tour’s most fabled events, held on one of the tour’s most iconic venues.

Glen Abbey Golf Club may not be the permanent home, but it is — in my opinion — the best of the rota. It’s been the host for wins by the likes of Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and, of course, Tiger Woods, whose epic victory here in 2000 has produced timeless highlights and one of the most iconic golf shots in PGA Tour history.

So — who adds their name to the illustrious list and puts their name in the history books at the Canadian Open? Here’s a look at your can’t-miss, no-doubt, sure-fire, mortal locks for the RBC Canadian Open:

RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey Golf Club – Oakville, Ontario, Canada
July 26 – 29, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Dustin Johnson 11/2
Brooks Koepka 10/1
Tony Finau 14/1
Tommy Fleetwood 16/1
Bubba Watson 20/1
Matt Kuchar 25/1
Charley Hoffman 25/1
Joaquin Niemann 25/1
Sergio Garcia 30/1
Kevin Kisner 30/1
Brandt Snedeker 30/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Gary Woodland 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
J.B. Holmes 50/1
Cameron Champ 50/1
Jhonattan Vegas 60/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Steve Stricker 60/1
Stewart Cink 60/1
Jamie Lovemark 60/1
Chris Kirk 60/1
Jimmy Walker 60/1
Chez Reavie 60/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Shane Lowry 80/1
Keith Mitchell 80/1
Joel Dahmen 80/1
Troy Merritt 80/1
Sam Ryder 80/1
Bronson Burgoon 80/1
David Lingmerth 80/1
Martin Laird 80/1
Tom Lovelady 80/1
Harold Varner III 80/1
Patrick Rodgers 100/1
J.J. Spaun 100/1
J.T. Poston 100/1
Danny Lee 100/1
Seamus Power 100/1
Si Woo Kim 100/1
Kevin Tway 100/1
Nick Watney 125/1
Graeme McDowell 125/1
Ryan Blaum 125/1
Kelly Kraft 125/1
Sam Saunders 125/1
Jason Kokrak 125/1
Abraham Ancer 125/1
Andrew Putnam 125/1
Ryan Armour 125/1
James Hahn 125/1
Johnson Wagner 125/1
Hunter Mahan 150/1
Bill Haas 150/1
Jim Furyk 150/1
Wesley Bryan 150/1
David Hearn 150/1
Matt Jones 150/1
Ryan Palmer 150/1
Rory Sabbatini 150/1
Alex Cejka 150/1
Whee Kim 150/1
Mackenzie Hughes 150/1
Tyler Duncan 150/1
Corey Conners 150/1
Sung Kang 150/1
William McGirt 150/1
John Huh 150/1
Denny McCarthy WD
Scott Stallings 150/1
Robert Garrigus 150/1
Chad Campbell 150/1
Chris Stroud 150/1
Austin Connelly 200/1
Nick Taylor 200/1
Mike Weir 1000/1
Field (all others) 7/1

Mortal Locks: 

Brooks Koepka — Making just his second start since successfully defending his 2017 U.S. Open title at Erin Hills with one at Shinnecock, Brooks Koepka is as sure a thing at Glen Abbey Golf Club this week as their is. The course suits long hitters and Koepka might just be the longest. Sure, he’s not exactly a gold mine — but at 10/1, the return on your investment isn’t noting.

Tony Finau — My colleague says there’s no player on Tour more over-due for a victory than Tony Finau and I agree. I’ve picked Finau quite often and the results have been frustrating, obviously. He finds himself in contention seemingly every week, but just hasn’t got it done. At 14/1, he’s the third-favorite by the odds, but my choice for best bet at the RBC Canadian Open

Bang for Your Buck: 

Kevin Kisner — After a great, but disappointing week at the Open, Kevin Kisner looks to bounce back in a big way in Ontario. At 30/1, you could certainly do worse. Kisner doesn’t seem the type to let a hiccup — even one as big as opening with a 40 on the front nine on Sunday at the Open — hold him back long term. He’s a golf bro. He’s as cool a customer as you’ll find on tour and if he can keep the putter warm this week, there’s no reason he can’t win.

Sam Ryder — Looking for a young stud who could win this week? Look no further than Sam Ryder. Ryder may not have teed it up at the Open last week, but he’s connected a T-2 and a T-7 in his last two starts on Tour. Momentum is big for anyone, but young players like Ryder seem to benefit more so than the seasoned pros. At 80/1, he offers a great return on investment north of the boarder.

Fun Under $5:

Mike Weir — C’mon! Who doesn’t want to see Mike Weir win again?? Really? No one? Ya’ll suck. I promise — one of these days, one of these 1000/1 picks IS going to win. I don’t know when, but until I’ve made the $1 bet one thousand times, it’s worth it to me. I’d love to the slight Lefty get it done at home — though I think the actual odds of me winning this tournament are better than Weirs.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now if you’ll excuse me, I just realized Mystery Science Theater 3000 is on Netflix — so I’ve obviously got plans for the evening that don’t include small talking with you.

Until next time, go and choose wisely…


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