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The PGA Tour is headed up north to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open this week. Andy Lack shares his RBC Canadian Open betting picks, odds, course preview, and prediction. Don't miss out on these Golf picks.

RBC Canadian Open Betting Picks, Odds, Course Preview and Prediction

The RBC Canadian Open returns to Hamilton Golf Club for the first time since 2019, when Rory McIlroy triumphed by seven strokes at 22-under par. The Canadian Open possesses one of the richest histories on the PGA Tour, and the tournament was first played 120 years ago. It has been held annually since 1904, making the Canadian Open the third-oldest continuously running tournament on Tour after the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

The event has moved across multiple venues over the years, and this will be Hamilton Golf Club's seventh time hosting. Originally laid out by the great Harry Colt in 1914, Hamilton is one of the finest courses in Canada, and we can expect a revamped version of the track in 2024. Martin Ebert, famed restoration architect of many Open venues such as Royal Portrush and Royal Liverpool, was hired after the completion of the 2019 Canadian Open to reinstate many of Colt's original design concepts. McIlroy will attempt to back up his deciding 2019 victory, and he headlines a solid field this week that also includes the likes of Shane Lowry, Sam Burns, Sahith Theegala, Tommy Fleetwood, Sungjae Im, and defending champion, Nick Taylor.


  • Date: May 30 - June 2, 2024
  • Where: Hamilton, ON
  • Where to Watch: Golf Channel, NBC, Peacock

RBC Canadian Open ODDS

  • Winner: Rory McIlroy (+375), Tommy Fleetwood (+1800), Sahith Teegala (+2000)

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RBC Canadian Open: Course Preview

Hamilton Golf & Country Club

Hamilton Golf Club has been consistently rated as one of the finest golf courses in Canada, and a borderline top-100 golf course in the world. The original Colt design is a classic, but Martin Ebert has done his best job to lengthen this course, in hopes to stand up to modern technology. Ebert added nearly 200 yards in distance, and the main changes came on two, five, six, seven, eight, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17. In 2019, the course played just over 6,800 yards and ranked as the second-shortest course on the entire PGA Tour. While it will still play as one of the shortest courses in 2024, it has held up remarkably well to scoring and features an incredibly difficult set of par threes. The sixth hole, for example, played at 210 yards in 2019 and ranked as the second-most challenging hole on the course. It now plays 250 yards and is a safe bet to play as one of the hardest par threes on the PGA Tour this year. The eighth hole, which played as the third-toughest hole on the course was also lengthened by 15 yards. The par threes, which were already the toughest holes on the course in 2019, expect to play even more challenging this year, and several of the par fours and fives got an added yardage bump as well.

Despite playing as the second-shortest course on the PGA Tour in 2019 and featuring lush and receptive conditions, Hamilton ranked right around middle of the pack in terms of difficulty. This is a testament to Colt's design, which features narrow fairways, dense rough, and small, undulating green complexes. The golf course features a great deal of elevation changes and sits on a wonderful piece of land, which is what differentiates it from other shorter parklands golf courses such as Colonial and Detroit Golf Club. McIlroy shooting 22-under last year was a bit of a misnomer, as the four-time major winner Rory won this event by seven strokes. Each day, Hamilton played between -0.5 and +0.5 strokes to par. For context, that is way more challenging than Valhalla, and when Rory shot 61 on Sunday, he gained nearly 9 strokes to the field.

The added yardage evens out with the distance gains that players have seen over the last five years, and Hamilton should feature similar scoring conditions to what we saw in 2019. The golf course was also very receptive in 2019, and weather and turf conditions look similar in 2024. In 2019, the area received a great deal of rain early in the week, and the golf course did its best job of firming up over the weekend. This year, the area will see a ton of rain on Monday, and then the course should dry out until Saturday, when there is more rain in the forecast. Ultimately, Hamilton is a still a wonderfully deceptive, short, positional, classically designed parklands golf course. Think somewhere in between Colonial, TPC River Highlands and Oakdale. I will ultimately looking for accurate players off the tee with a solid wedge game who have experienced success on Bent/Poa greens.

RBC Canadian Open Key Stats

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  • Strokes Gained Putting: Bent/Poa Greens

RBC Canadian Open: Outright Picks


While Sam Burns has struggled over the last few months, the five-time PGA Tour winner is quietly trending in the right direction. While Burns missed the cut at the PGA Championship, he still gained 2.7 strokes on approach, and now he travels to a shorter, more positional golf course that emphasizes wedge play and putting. Burns remains one of the most trustable players in this field from three to 15 feet, a skill that was tremendously correlated with success at Hamilton in 2019. We are getting great value on a proven PGA Tour winner who is playing a lot better than his results would suggest.


Hopefully we can make it two in a row with another Canadian winner at this event. Adam Hadwin finished sixth at Hamilton in 2019, gaining strokes in all four major categories. He’s one of the best wedge players in this field, and the Canadian has had a ton of success on Bent/Poa greens as well, with multiple top-five finishes at Detroit Golf Club. Hadwin also finished 12th at the Canadian Open at Oakdale last year, while employs many of the same design principles of Hamilton. Hadwin has shown flashes this season with top-10 finishes at the Valspar, Genesis, and American Express, and he is long overdue to add another PGA Tour victory to resume. Hopefully he’s celebrating on the 18th green this year as opposed to getting tackled!

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Article Author


Andy Lack is a PGA Tour writer and podcaster from Manhattan, New York. Andy came to OddsChecker in January 2022 after previously writing for Golf Digest, GolfWRX, Rotoballer, and the Score. Andy is also the host of a golf betting and daily fantasy podcast, Inside Golf Podcast, as well as "The Scramble” with Rick Gehman, and a recurring guest on the Pat Mayo Experience. In his free time, Andy is still grinding away at his lifelong dream of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, and if not writing, can likely be found somewhere on a golf course.


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