Can Donald cut it in Canada?
2011 RBC Canadian Open
The PGA Tour heads to Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada where Carl Pettersson 50/1 looks to defend his title at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.
The American players proved at an exciting British Open at Sandwich that the balance of power is close to shifting as they strongly contested for the Claret Jug. In particular young Rickie Fowler 16/1 demonstrated why his adaptability and temperament will make him a force in golf in the near future whilst Lucas Glover 40/1 and Anthony Kim 25/1 finished 12th and tied 5th respectively at Royal St. George's.
Glover, whose beard is set to fit right in at British Colombia, should go well here considering the strength of his putting and his consistent swing. In the same instance, Kim, who has an excellent record at the RBC Canadian Open finishing tied 8th in 2008 and tied 3rd in 2009, looked to be getting back to his best after the injury problems on his left-hand at the British Open and it would be nice if the youngster could seal a tour win this year.
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club's par-70 layout has a lack of par 5's and so it favour's a player who is accurate and hits greens in regulation. With this in mind despite a very disappointing Open Championship missing the cut, world number one Luke Donald 8/1 fits these exact credentials. However if you think Luke has finally gone off the boil he is 3/1 to miss the cut at the RBC event
Another player not to forget about has to be the Masters champion Charl Schwartzel 16/1. Tied 16th at the British Open he's made 10 starts this year and has seven top-25 finishes. The South African looked as confident and relaxed as ever at Royal St. Georges so expect him to shoot low here. You can get 5/2 on him to be the top rest of the world player and for me there is definite value to be had.
As for the outside bets, the likes of Kevin Na 66/1, Ben Crane 66/1 and Stuart Appleby 150/1 all look to be priced generously and could be worth a look when considering their style of play and the lack of real depth in the field.
Considering his game it is easy to see why Luke Donald heads the betting here but with the resurgent Americans keen to prove their dominance in the sport of golf, they will be doing everything in their powers to get ahead of the Englishman on the leaderboard. Can he stop them?