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Expert Picks: RBC Canadian Open


Each week during the official PGA Tour season, CBSSports.com's Will Brinson and Shane Bacon give their best shot at pegging the winner and seeing what other golfers will have a good week. The picks are based on a combination of homework, guesswork and just plain instinct.

Note: Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv

Pick to win it
Brinson's Pick Bacon's Pick

Jim Furyk
It was basically a toss-up for me between Furyk (four top-10 finishes in 2012) and Matt Kuchar (seven top-10's this year). Kuchar is the favorite and it wouldn't be shocking to see him win. But Furyk's accuracy off the tee is what makes me take him here: he's only 173rd in distance (279 yards on average) off the tee, but in 57 rounds, he's hit a whopping 69.7 percent of his fairways. On a short course like the 6,900-something yard Hamilton Golf & Country Club, that should play well to Mr. Five Hour. His 54th-ranking in greens-in-regulation hit is a bit of a concern, but I've got a feeling Furyk should be reasonable comfortable on this course. Why's that? Well, it doesn't hurt that the last time the RBC was played at Hamilton (2007), Furyk won.
Odds to win tournament: (16 to 1)

Brandt Snedeker
Too many times we overlook a guy that had a great week the week before heading into a less stressful environment like the Canadian Open. Snedeker was solid for 36-holes at Lytham, and he's heading into an event that he's had some success at in the past (problem is, the success came at a different venue, so take his T-5 in '09 for what it's worth). Hamilton isn't a long golf course, so hopefully Snedeker can continue to hit fairways and greens and if the same putter from England shows up in Canada, I expect him to have a great week.
Odds to win tournament: (22 to 1)
Lock for Top 10 finish
Brinson's Pick Bacon's Pick

Matt Kuchar
And the Furyk pick also opens up this selection. As noted above Kuchar's got seven top-10 finishes this year, which leads the PGA Tour (six players have six top-10's as well). That's a pretty good formula for picking a guy who's locked to finish in the top 10 at an event, and it doesn't hurt that Kuchar's the best player in the field and the favorite at the RBC. Kuchar ranks only 121st in driving distance (286.4 yards), but he is 35th in driving accuracy on Tour this season. He's also got some serious momentum coming into the RBC, finishing eighth at the Travelers and ninth at the Open Championship.
Odds to win tournament: (11 to 1)

Matt Kuchar
The favorite heading into this week, I'm not sure if Kuchar is ready to win another event, but he definitely looks like he has the game for another top-10 after his ninth place finish at the British Open. Like Brinson said, this is a top-10 machine, and going against him this week at this golf course would be downright stupid (that's why we both did it!). I like Kuchar to finish in the top-10 at every golf course, so when the field is a little watered down, those odds shoot through the roof.
Odds to win tournament: (11 to 1)
Brinson's Pick Bacon's Pick

Vijay Singh
The biggest problem with picking a sleeper at a tournament like the Canadian is that you've probably already taken off most of the biggest names in golf, which means this sleeper's gotta be DEEP. 50/1, which is where Vijay Singh sits, seems far enough down the list to qualify. And there's some reason to like Veej at Hamilton: he's coming off a top-10 finish at Lytham (tying with nine others for even on the tournament), he's made four-straight cuts, he's been generally playing pretty well since he went top-10 at the Byron Nelson back in May. Plus, he's a prior Canadian winner, taking the tournament title in 2004 at Glen Abbey.
Odds to win tournament: (50 to 1)

Graham DeLaet
I love picking Canadians to do well in the Canadian Open, so it definitely helps my cause that DeLaet has been playing some great golf this season on the PGA Tour. A T-4 at the Zurich Classic in late April was his best finish of the season, but his T-12 at his last start, the Greenbrier, shows that he's still in good form heading into his country's championship. Yes, the pressure will be boiling for Canada's best shot at a win this week, but I feel he's up for the challenge.
Odds to win tournament: (66 to 1)
Notable golfer odds
Hunter Mahan14-1Ernie Els22-1Charl Schwartzel25-1Ryan Palmer28-1
Sean O'Hair33-1Bo Van Pelt33-1Jeff Overton33-1Kyle Stanley40-1
Charlie Wi50-1Retief Goosen50-1Rory Sabbatini50-1Ben Curtis66-1
Chris Kirk80-1Ricky Barnes100-1Kevin Chappell100-1Jhonattan Vegas100-1
Tommy Gainey100-1Heath Slocum125-1Stuart Appleby125-1Brian Gay125-1
Camilo Villegas125-1Kevin Stadler125-1D-A Points125-1Will Claxton100-1
Trevor Immelman100-1J.J. Henry100-1Matt Every80-1J.J Killeen155-1
Prop Bets
Will Matt Kuchar finish in the top 10? Yes (+115) No (-150)
Will Hunter Mahan finish in the top 10? Yes (+135) No (-175)
Will Jim Furyk finish in the top 10? Yes (+185) No (-250)
Will Ernie Els finish in the top 10? Yes (+220) No (-300)
Matt Kuchar vs. Hunter Mahan Matt Kuchar (-130) Hunter Mahan (Even)
Hunter Mahan vs. Jim Furyk Hunter Mahan (-125) Jim Furyk (-105)
Bo Van Pelt vs. Brandt Snedeker Bo Van Pelt (-115) Brandt Snedeker (-115)
Ernie Els vs. Charl Schwartzel Ernie Els (-120) Charl Schwartzel (-110)

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