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RBC Canadian Open: Hoffman primed for Glen Abbey glory

Dustin Johnson returns to the familiar surroundings of the PGA Tour as 13/2 favourite to win the RBC Canadian Open despite failing to make the cut at Carnoustie last week.

The world number one has an excellent record at the Glen Abbey Golf Course where he was runner-up in 2013 and 2016 which he followed with eighth place last year.

However, the 2016 US Open champion is some way behind Jhonattan Vegas who last year won the tournament for a second successive year with a play-off win against Charley Hoffman and he starts as a juicy 70/1 shot in the RBC Canadian Open odds to win at this classical tree-lined 7,250-yard par-72 course.

The track is not overly long and fairways are difficult to find, but big-hitters will certainly like playing here this week as last year's final leaderboard demonstrated with Johnson, Gary Woodland, Tony Finau and Robert Garrigus all inside the top 10.

Wind is also expected to be a factor this week so we probably should not expect a winning total of -21 like last year.

Although we have picked out three players with power to burn, we start our Canadian Open betting preview by recommending Charley Hoffman as our headline golf betting tip at 25/1.

The American was one of our outsiders for The Open at 150/1 and although he failed to make the frame, 17th place represented a decent week's work at Carnoustie.

Hoffman, the third-round leader 12 months ago, has a great record at this course, missing out on a fifth PGA Tour title with a play-off defeat by Vegas having finished seventh and 16th in 2015 and 2013 respectively.

With top-20 finishes in his last four tournaments, Hoffman is knocking on the door for another victory.

Although we would be foolish to ignore the merits of Johnson, the fact remains he has never won this event so we prefer to side with some of the bigger-priced players like Harold Varner at 100/1.

Varner is in the top 20 for driving distance and is also in great form, having posted top-six finishes at both the Greenbrier and the John Deere in his last two tournaments.

Another player with length off the tee that could be a contender at 150/1 this week is Sam Saunders, who was fifth at the Greenbrier three weeks ago.

Saunders has posted two top-25s in his last three visits to Glen Abbey and should have an advantage with an average of 302 yards off the tee.

We also like the prospects of Seamus Power at 100/1. The Irishman finished 34th at the Barbasol Championship last week in what was his fifth successive tournament, but at least he did not have the long journey to make across the Atlantic like many of those who played at The Open.

Power was 10th in Canada last year and as his name suggests he is strong off the tee, ranking in the top 40 for driving distance.

Finally we cannot resist tipping Vegas to complete the hat-trick at 70/1. The Venezuelan is not in great form but he ended a run of five missed cuts when he successfully defended his title last year, so we should not be too concerned by just one top 20 since the end of January.

Canadian Open Betting Tips

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Golf