Canadian Open History
The Canadian Open dates back to 1904 and is the third oldest tournament in professional golf behind The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.
The event is not quite held in the same esteem as it once was. At one time it was referred to as “the fifth major” but a move to a September date in 1988 proved costly. Past winners include such famous names as Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. The reigning champion is Scott Piercy.
Canadian Open Stats
Jack Nicklaus never won The Canadian Open but finished runner-up on seven occasions. Leo Diegel won the title four times. This year will the 26th time that Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the tournament.
There have been 24 different champions at this venue. The 11th hole is widely considered the signature hole, a 459-yard par-4 with players set to tee off 100 feet above the fairway. John Daly famously attempted to drive the green but his ball ended in the creek just short of the green.
In 2000, Tiger Woods became only the second golfer to capture the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same year. The last Canadian golfer to win was Pat Fletcher in 1954. In 2004 Mike Weir held a 3-stroke lead with only eight holes remaining but was eventually beaten in a playoff by Vijay Singh.
Canadian Open Betting Tips
The excitement of the British Open will be hard to follow. Ian Poulter’s brilliant final round raised hopes of a 55-1 winner for this column only for his efforts to be surpassed by Mickelson’s stunning 66.
Open “failures” are out in force this week and it will be interesting to see how they cope with another major disappointment.
The usual suspects flattered only to deceive last week. That includes the pre-tournament favourite here Brandt Snedeker and final round flop Hunter Mahan. Of those two I much prefer Mahan’s prospects this week and he’s worth including in our portfolio at 20-1.
One player that caught the eye last week as hinting at a possible return to top form was Bud Cauley. Last year he won The True South Classic and secured a run of three top-5’s in four events including The Canadian Open. A tied 32nd at the Open was a big improvement on this year’s form and he could feature this week.
Away from Muirfield, Daniel Summerhays was battling in a playoff in Mississippi. Although eventually beaten, that followed missing the playoff by one shot in the John Deere Classic a week earlier. His turn cannot be far away and he looks overpriced at 66-1.
For another long shot, I like the chances of Bob Estes at a whopping 150-1. The last time the tournament was held here in 2009, Estes fired in rounds of 67, 67 and 68 before a final round 74 blew his chances. His best result this year was tied 7th at Texas but he will be fresher than many of these.
After our fifth roll of the dice came up with Ian Poulter last week, I’ve decided to throw in a joker again here. The last two winners at this venue have been Chez Revie and Nathan Green but in 1998 the trophy went to Billy Andrade.
Cynics amongst you may say that his last tour win was in 2000 but he shot a final round 65 last week to finish in a tie for fifth at Madison. At odds of 400-1 (yes, four hundred!) I think he’s worth a small each-way punt.