Predictions and Picks for the 2022 RBC Canadian Open
Billy Horschel scored his seventh career PGA Tour victory in last week’s Memorial Tournament. Horschel wasn’t one of my top betting picks, but I had him scoring a top 20 finish. Clearly, I didn’t have enough faith in him.
This week, the RBC Canadian Open returns to the PGA Tour. The tournament wasn’t held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also the longest-running non-major, with the first event in 1904.
Who will ring in the return of the RBC Canadian Open with a victory?
Best RBC Canadian Open Betting Sites
We can’t wager on the 2022 RBC Canadian Open without looking at the top golf betting sites. These have been the top sites to visit for PGA Tour betting throughout the 2021-22 season.
It’s always important to shop around for the best prices. I’ll often see a golfer open at (+1700) on one site and (+2800) on another. You don’t want to miss out on the extra cash because you didn’t shop around.
Feel free to give each site a quick scan before placing your final bet. You can also place multiple bets across different sites.
2022 RBC Canadian Open Betting Odds
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler opens as the favorite. Scheffler will make his first appearance in the RBC Canadian Open, but will that scare you? Scheffler has four wins and three second-place finishes this season.
Rory McIlroy won the 2019 RBC Canadian Open after shooting a 61 in the final round. It’s only a matter of time before he scores his second victory of the season.
Justin Thomas, Cameron Smith, and Sam Burns have a combined six PGA Tour victories in the 2021-22 season. Can they keep it up with another victory?
The final five players on this list are searching for their first PGA Tour victory of the season. Aside from Tony Finau’s victory in the 2021 Northern Trust Open, the last victory from anyone in this group was Tyrrell Hatton in the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Best RBC Canadian Open Betting Picks
Patrick Cantlay made a good run as my top pick in the Memorial Tournament, but he settled for a third-place finish. Let’s check out my top betting picks for the 2022 RBC Canadian Open?
Justin Thomas (+1000)
Justin Thomas continued to trend in the right direction during the season, scoring eight top 10 finishes in 12 starts. It was only a matter of time before he scored his first victory of the season, and it came in the PGA Championship.
Thomas was at the height of his game, but then he missed the cut in the Charles Schwab Challenge.
That proves how tough it is to compete on the PGA Tour. Following an off week, Thomas returns as a top contender in the RBC Canadian Open. Check out his numbers in the 2019 tournament.
- First Round: 70 (E)
- Second Round: 65 (-5)
- Third Round: 69 (-1)
- Fourth Round: 69 (-1)
It wasn’t anything special, as Thomas’ seven-under score led to a tie for 20th. He was a distant 15 shots behind winner Rory McIlroy, but I expect a much better performance in this year’s tournament.
Thomas is ready to move forward after a rough performance in the Charles Schwab Challenge. He should regain his PGA Championship performance.
Shane Lowry (+2000)
Shane Lowry hasn’t earned much attention this season, but the 2019 Open Champion has produced quality results. He started the season with three finishes outside the top 50.
Lowry followed that stretch with six straight finishes of 13th or better, including a trio of top-three finishes. He’s coming off back-to-back finishes outside the top 20, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he returned to form in the RBC Canadian Open.
He missed the cut in the 2017 tournament, but he was in contention in 2018 and 2019.
- 2018: -14 (12th)
- 2019: -15 (2nd)
Lowry was in contention after shooting a six-under 64 in the first round of the 2019 RBC Canadian Open. He played great golf, but no one could hang with Rory McIlroy. Lowry scored his second straight top 15 in the tournament.
His strong play in the 2021-22 season gives me confidence for the RBC Canadian Open. It’s amazing that he hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since the 2019 Open Championship. Can he end that drought this week?
Value Picks for the RBC Canadian Open
Si Woo Kim made a run last week, scoring a 13th-place finish as one of my top sleepers. Hopefully, we’ll have more success in the RBC Canadian Open.
Jhonattan Vegas (+5000)
Jhonattan Vegas has had a roller-coaster season. He has five top 20 finishes and seven finishes of 50th or worse. It’s hard to determine which version will show up, but his numbers in the tournament suggest we’ll see another strong performance.
Vegas was a non-factor in the 2018 RBC Canadian Open and didn’t play in 2019. That came on the heels of back-to-back victories in the tournament.
- 2016: -12 (1st)
- 2017: -21 (1st)
He shot an eight-under, 62 in the final round, birdieing the final hole to score a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm. Vegas went low in the final round of the 2018 tournament to force a playoff with Charley Hoffman.
Vegas’ birdie on the first playoff hole earned him his second straight victory in the RBC Canadian Open. Those are his only PGA Tour victories in the last ten years.
The RBC Canadian Open changes courses every year, but Vegas hasn’t had an issue with the changing courses. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue in this year’s tournament.
Mackenzie Hughes (+6000)
Mackenzie Hughes returns to his homeland for the RBC Canadian Open. The Canadian had an excellent start to the season, scoring a pair of top-five finishes in his first five starts.
Hughes has made 12 starts since his second-place finish in the RSM Classic. He has seven missed cuts, but he also has a pair of top 20 finishes. I expect that latter to show up in the RBC Canadian Open.
We haven’t seen him in contention to win the RBC Canadian Open, but he has shown consistency in his last two starts.
- 2018: -15 (8th)
- 2019: -8 (14th)
Hughes looked strong in both tournaments. He shot under par in all four rounds of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open, scoring a top 10 finish. He shot over par in the final round of the 2019 tournament. That kept him from back-to-back top 10 finishes.
Returning to Canada should be a big boost for Hughes. Will that be enough to score his second PGA Tour victory?
2022 RBC Canadian Open: Best Props
We know Billy Horschel didn’t have an issue satisfying his top 20 finish prop bet. Can we make it 2/2 in this week’s tournament?
Cameron Smith to Finish Top 10 (+163)
Cameron Smith has been one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour this season. Smith has two wins and five top 10 finishes in 12 starts. He only has one finish worse than 22nd when making the cut.
Smith will make his first start in the RBC Canadian Open since 2017. He missed the cut, but how much will you buy into that performance? His 2022 performance means much more for his chances.
I wouldn’t blame you if you picked him to win outright. Still, there’s enough value to justify him scoring a top 10 finish. I believe he’ll achieve that mark.
Brandt Snedeker to Finish Top 20 (+500)
It’s not often you find this much value on a top 20 finisher, but Brandt Snedeker stands out among the longshots. He has missed the cut in 12 of his 19 starts, but he has a pair of top 20 finishes.
This pick is all about his success in the RBC Canadian Open.
- 2018: -15 (8th)
- 2019: -12 (4th)
Snedeker isn’t playing on the same level, but his success in this tournament counts for something. No one expects him to be in contention for a victory, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a top 20 finish.
Predicting Who Wins the 2022 RBC Canadian Open
Shane Lowry has been knocking on the door of his first PGA Tour victory in three years. I believe he’ll accomplish that feat in the 2022 RBC Canadian Open.
This event caters to strong iron players that can work out of tough positions. Lowry has been one of the best iron players and excels from the bunker. That gives him the upper hand on the field.
St. George’s Golf and Country Club will host the 2022 RBC Canadian Open. Feel free to check out our golf picks for more betting breakdowns.