Top 10 golfers to watch at 2014 Canadian Open

July 23, 2014, 5:30 PM

On the heels of an exciting Open Championship, the eyes of the golf world now shift to the Great White North for the annual RBC Canadian Open.

This year’s tournament takes place at the Royal Montreal Golf Club for the first time since 2001 and only the fifth time since Jim Ferrier won his first of back-to-back Canadian Opens in 1950.

There is a solid group of Canadians in the field, but historically this tournament has been dominated by Americans.


Here are 10 names to keep an eye on heading into this week’s tournament, including a few Canucks and fan favourites.

Jim Furyk

Country: United States
Odds to win: 10/1
World Ranking: 10
PGA Tour wins: 16
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tied for 9th

In the 110-year history of the Canadian Open, there have been 18 men to win the tournament on multiple occasions. Jim Furyk is one of them, which is why it’s no surprise to see him as the odds-on favourite to win for a third time. The 44-year-old has been on fire of late with six top-10 finishes since February.

Dustin Johnson

Country: United States
Odds to win: 12/1
World Ranking: 15
PGA Tour wins: 8
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tied for 2nd

Johnson has been one of the most consistent players on tour this year and is looking to build off strong performances at the U.S. Open and Open Championship. He has only missed the cut once in 2014 and it would be a shocker if he wasn’t in contention come Sunday.

Hunter Mahan

Country: United States
Odds to win: 28/1
World Ranking: 44
PGA Tour wins: 5
2013 Canadian Open finish: Withdrew after two rounds

Mahan had a two-stroke lead after two rounds at last year’s tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., but withdrew from the tournament when his wife went into labour. He was lauded for his decision to prioritize family over fortune and that should result in him being a fan favourite this year. Mahan only has one top-25 finish since March, but based on how last year’s tournament unfolded, karma might just be on his side.

Graham DeLaet

Country: Canada
Odds to win: 25/1
World Ranking: 38
PGA Tour wins: 0
2013 Canadian Open finish: Missed the cut

Saskatchewan’s finest has been inconsistent of late, missing the cut in four of his last eight tournaments, but when he’s on he’s on. The last Canadian to win this tournament was Pat Fletcher way back in 1954. DeLaet is Canada’s best chance at ending that drought.

Brandt Snedeker

Country: United States
Odds to win: 22/1
World Ranking: 35
PGA Tour wins: 6
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tournament champion

Snedeker hasn’t won a tournament since he was victorious at last year’s Canadian Open and only has three top-10 finishes since that tourney. The 33-year-old will look to repeat what Furyk was able to accomplish in 2006 and 2007 and become a back-to-back Canadian Open champ.

Matt Kuchar

Country: United States
Odds to win: 12/1
World Ranking: 7
PGA Tour wins: 7
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tied for 2nd

Kuchar finished just three strokes back of Snedeker at last year’s tournament and has redemption on his mind. The 36-year-old never quite found his form at the Open Championship last week, but with a smaller field and an easier course to deal with, he’s one of the frontrunners. He is the top-ranked player in the tournament.

David Hearn

Country: Canada
Odds to win: 45/1
World Ranking: 93
PGA Tour wins: 0
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tied for 44th

Since missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the Brampton, Ont., native has shown steady improvements and it led to a respectable finish (T32) at last weekend’s Open Championship in Northern Ireland –- his second-best finish ever at a major.

Luke Donald

Country: England
Odds to win: 22/1
World Ranking: 24
PGA Tour wins: 5
2013 Canadian Open finish: Missed the cut

Apart from missing the cut at the U.S. Open and the Masters, Donald has been great on North American soil in 2014. Throughout his career, Donald often performs better when the stakes aren’t as high as they are at majors, so that could benefit him this weekend in Quebec.

Graeme McDowell

Country: Northern Ireland
Odds to win: 16/1
World Ranking: 16
PGA Tour wins: 2
2013 Canadian Open finish: 74th

McDowell’s stock is trending upward at the moment with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win at the Alstom Open de France at the beginning of the month. He has ended up in the top 10 in seven of the 13 tournaments he has played so far this year.

Mike Weir

Country: Canada
Odds to win: 125/1
World Ranking: 258
PGA Tour wins: 8
2013 Canadian Open finish: Tied for 49th

He’s not expected to be in contention, but the popular lefty is always someone to keep an eye on in Canada. After a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson Championship in May, Weir has missed the cut in three straight events.

Betting odds courtesy of Bodog

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