We head north to Ontario for the Canadian Open, an event that’s currently the third longest running on the PGA tour. It’s the last chance for everybody to find their form before the US Open. Last week we cashed with Patrick Cantlay at +2000 odds, and Marc Leishman gave +6000 odds a run for its money with a top-five finish. Hopefully we can keep the good luck going.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Bud Cauley, +5500 - Bud Cauley has had some rough patches the last few months to the point where simply making the cut has felt like a success to him lately. The good news is Cauley is coming off a top-10 finish last week at the Memorial, his best finish by far since finishing 12th at the Honda Classic three months ago. Cauley should be able to build on that confidence considering he’s made the cut in three of his four trips at the Canadian Open, and that includes a 13th place finish in 2011 and a fourth place finish in 2012.
Jim Furyk, +4500 - Jim Furyk is another player who was in a funk lately and just recently snapped out of things with a 13th place showing in the Charles Schwab Challenge and making the cut at the Memorial. Hopefully the string of missing the cut are a thing of the past. Few have the combination of experience and success that Furyk has in the Canadian Open, as he’s made the cut in 13 of his 16 career appearances and won it in 2006 and 2007. Overall, Furyk has five top-10 finishes at this event. You could argue Furyk is a top-five contender this week, making these odds a must play.
Matt Kuchar, +2000 - Matt Kuchar is coming off his first missed cut since the PGA Championship and it came with some controversy due to a pitch mark. Let’s put it behind us and make some money. Kuchar was one of the more consistent golfers before that dud, and he’s made the cut eight times in 12 appearances at the Canadian Open, which includes five top-10 finishes. Take away Kuchar’s missed cut here last year, and he’s averaging a finish of 10.8 in his last five appearances at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Brandt Snedeker, +4000 - Brandt Snedeker has quietly improved his form over the last month and is coming off a top-20 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge, meaning he’s put together back-to-back top-20 finishes. You can expect the positive strides to continue with Snedeker making the cut in seven of his eight trips at the Canadian Open and finishing 25th or better in six of those trips. Snedeker is averaging a finish of 9.75 in his four appearances at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and that includes a win in 2013. Snedeker is seriously being undervalued with these odds.
Dustin Johnson, +585 - Obviously Dustin Johnson doesn’t give us the odds that others will in this tournament, but we’re talking about a guy who has either won or finished runner-up in three of his last seven events. Johnson is well rested after not playing since the PGA Championship, and he’s the defending champion at the Canadian Open. If that weren’t enough, Johnson has averaged a finish of 3.25 in his last four appearances at this event. Small course and right before a major, I like Johnson to flex his muscle and keep the hot streak going.