2019 PGA Tour: Canadian Open Preview & Betting Tips

June 4th 2019, 8:33pm, By: andyrosos

Another tough weekend in PGA Golf Betting at the Memorial Tournament as we struggled to find a winner. The 2019 PGA Tour season heats up this weekend as we head to Hamilton Ontario for the annual Canadian Open.

With the U.S. Open just over a week away, the Canadian Open will be the final chance for players to work on their game before the third major of the year. We have a full preview and betting tips for this weekend’s action below.

PGA Tour Canadian Open Betting Tips

The No.2 ranked player in the world, Dustin Johnson, will be back to defend his Canadian Open title in 2019 after he won the crown last season in a dominant performance that saw him finish 23 under par, the lowest score in a Canadian Open since Johnny Palmer in 1952.

The Course

Hamilton Golf & Country Club has not hosted the Canadian Open since the 2012 season but will notch up it’s sixth time hosting the event this year. The 6,966 yard, Par 70 is one of the oldest and most respected clubs in Canada, designed by Harry S. Colt back in 1915. The club is made up of a total of 27 holes split up into three 9-hole courses named the South, West and East. The West Course will play as the front nine this weekend while the back nine will be played on the South Course.

The course lacks some length compared to other courses on the PGA Tour but offers challenges for golfers with it’s heavily tree-lined fairways and smaller than average greens. Finding the right parts of the fairway to attack from will be crucial this weekend, shots gained from tee to green will be our main focus.

The Field

Fantastic field this weekend for the Canadian Open featuring the top two ranked players in the world in Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson after both missed the Memorial Tournament in Ohio last week. Koepka and Johnson finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the PGA Championship at Bethpage a few weeks ago and both will see this as an extremely important tune up for the U.S Open at Pebble Beach next weekend, where they will start as hot favourites.

Two other players in the top 10 will join Johnson and Koepka this weekend, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing finish at the Memorial Tournament, in which he missed the cut for the first time this season and American Justin Thomas. Thomas will be hoping to regain some form before the U.S. Open after recently recovering from a wrist injury. 

Other key chances lining up this weekend include the likes of Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.

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Prediction

Tough to look past the duo of Koepka and Johnson here. They have been the most dominant golfers on the planet for the better part of two years and although they don’t play in many tournaments, when they do suit up , it usually results in one of them winning the tournament.

Taking away the T22 that Koepka recorded in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which he played alongside his brother, his last three finishes have been a T2 at The Masters, a 4th at the AT&T Byron Nelson of course the dominant win at the PGA Championship a few weeks ago. Major season is where Brooks has made his living over the past few years and we are smack in the middle of it at the moment. Koepka has never competed at Hamilton Golf & Country Club before but his impressive stats from tee to green suit the course well.

Johnson is without doubt one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour. He has finished 2nd in both the Masters and the PGA Championship this season and had a fantastic win at the WGC-Mexico earlier in the season. Already boasts seven top 10 finishes and amazingly sits 5th on the Fed Ex Cup standings from just 11 tournaments. Johnson is the 3rd ranked player on tour in shots gained off the tee this season and 4th in shots gained from tee to green.

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