Niall Lyons provides an early look at the Canadian Open for Oddschecker Unlimited subscribers ahead of revealing his final betting selections for the event on Monday.

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Canadian Open Field

Two-time winner Rory McIlroy headlines the 2024 Canadian Open alongside his Zurich Classic winning partner, Shane Lowry. 

The duo's Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood has also committed to the event, as has the world number 12 Sahith Theegala and Sam Burns.

Defending champion Nick Taylor leads a group of 25 Canadians.

Canadian Open Course

Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario. 

The Canadian Open is one of the rare events on the PGA Tour that regularly switches venues and this year is no different as we head back to Hamilton. Nick Taylor won at Oakdale last year, while McIlroy landed his second Canadian Open title the year before at St George's. 

You have to go back to 2019 before the pandemic to see the last time we played here at Hamilton and McIlroy and Lowry made it an Irish 1-2 at the head of affairs. The only other relevant event here prior was the 2012 edition won by Scott Piercy. 

The 1st and 2nd that year were ranked inside the top 10 in driving distance for the week, whilst McIlroy was the longest in the field when winning back in 2019. Of the remaining four that made up the top five that year none of them finished inside the top 40 in driving distance. 

We can deduct from that that McIlroy blew the field apart from the tee, and with all other aspects of his game firing there was no beating him. 

Across the last two renewals scrambling was important with six of the 11 placers inside the top 10 in that statistic for the week, whilst only one of the 11 was outside the top 20.

Canadian Open Winners (Winning Score)

**Held at Hamilton G&CC.

  • 2023 - N.Taylor (-17)
  • 2022 - R.McIlroy (-19)**
  • 2019 - R.McIlroy (-22)
  • 2018 - D.Johnson (-23)
  • 2017 - J.Vegas (-21)
Rory McIlroy
Open Championship
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