Canadian Open Golf Preview 2024, Odds Guide, Predictions, Betting Picks: Stay Young

Cameron YoungThe PGA Tour heads north of the border this week, with the 2024 edition of the Canadian Open. It’s a mixed quality field at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, with most of the world’s top ten taking a break, but that should leave some value, if we can make the right calls.

Hamilton, Ontario, is the location, and the home support will be hoping for another local champion following the success of Canada’s Nick Taylor 12 months ago.

Last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, we claimed another two returns in the top 10 finish betting markets, thanks to Sepp Straka and Sungjae Im, so let’s see if we can keep our solid run going with this Canadian Open preview and its betting picks plus predictions.

There is a clear favorite at the top of the outright betting, with Rory McIlroy listed at best industry odds of just 4/1. The Northern Irishman has won this tournament twice, in 2019, and 2022. Technically those were back-to-back triumphs, as the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to covid. McIlroy is in decent touch with a tie for 12th at the PGA Championship, and he’s the highest ranked golfer here by some margin.

The rest are led by Tommy Fleetwood, who lost out in last year’s playoff to Nick Taylor. Fleetwood is the clear second favorite at a top price of 16/1. Sahith Theegala follows at 20/1, and there is interest in this player who has returned a series of top 10 finishes in recent weeks.

Shane Lowry and Corey Conners are next at 22/1, while Cameron Young, Alex Noren and Sam Burns are all available at 25/1. Lowry was a joint runner-up behind Rory McIlroy here in 2019, and a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship shows he’s in good touch.

Both Young and Conners have good Tour stats that could fit this Hamilton Course, while Noren ranks first on Tour in Scrambling and that has been a key indicator here.

Others of interest in this section of the odds with the USA betting firms include Adam Scott at 35/1, Maverick McNealy at 35/1, Tom Kim at 40/1 and Mackenzie Hughes at 40/1. Scott is in good form, but this is his first visit to the Canadian Open since 2003.

This preview kicks off the underdog section with a list of golfers at best industry odds of 50/1. Aaron Rai, Akshay Bhatia, Adam Hadwin and Taylor Pendrith are all quoted at that figure in places. Hadwin could be the most likely Canadian winner and he is a regular pick for us in the top 10 finish betting lines. A consistent player, he has returned four single digit finishes this year. In contrast. The promising Tom Kim has yet to deliver a top 15 finish in 2024, but he could be one to watch in this lower-quality field.

Among the golfers quoted at best odds of 66/1 is the defending champion Nick Taylor. He is the highest ranked Canadian in the world rankings and he also won at the Phoenix Open in February.

Other outsiders to mention this week include Adam Svensson at 75/1, Robert MacIntyre at 80/1, Matt Wallace at 80/1, Ryan Fox at 90/1, Eric Cole at 100/1, Davis Riley at 100/1 and Seamus Power at 100/1. There are some interesting odds on some golfers in good touch, including the most recent Tour champion Davis Riley, but what will it take to get over the line on Sunday?

Our 2024 Canadian Open Preview’s Course Info with Predictions & Picks Verdict

The Canadian Open rotates venues and this is the seventh time that the competition has been held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario. The last time the event took place here was in 2019, when Rory McIlroy won with a closing 61.

There have been some changes in the intervening five years. The course remains a par 70, but it is a fraction longer at 7.084 yards. Many trees have been cleared, but there are enough still in place to punish wayward drives.

With rough at three inches in places, there are greater rewards for accuracy, rather than distance. Recent winners on this Hamilton course have ranked strongly for driving accuracy and scrambling.

If Rory McIlroy is at his best, it will be tough to catch the favorite, but there is a good depth of quality should he slip up. For the predictions, this betting preview is torn between two golfers, with both Sahith Theegala and Cameron Young making strong claims based on form and stats.

Based on his better form with the putter, we’ll opt for Young, who ranks ninth on Tour for Putting: Birdies or Better. It was a close call, so this preview will round off by making Theegala one of our top 10 finish betting picks, as we look for more returns in Canada. So the Canadian Open golf tips are:

  • Cameron Young to win at +2800 (28/1) with BetOnline. He is 25/1 with Bovada and 22/1 with EveryGame.
  • Top 10 Finish Picks (all odds with BetOnline, who massively outcompete other sportsbooks every week on this market): Cameron Young (+350), Sahith Theegala (+240), Adam Hadwin (+425) and Robert MacIntyre (+750).