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Michael Taylor 21st Jul 2009 - 11:45

Kim can add a RBC title to his collection

Any Anthony Kim backers out there will know as well as me that 2009 has been painful but, as the young American prepares for this week's RBC Canadian Open, it seems it won't be long before he rewards patient punters with an invaluable win.

Kim, an 18/1 shot to win at the beautiful Glen Abbey Golf Club just off Lake Ontario, is steadily beginning to find the type of form that brought him duel Tour titles last year and while a third win still evades him, it seems it's only a matter of time now.

It's not hard to see why he's made such progress from his woeful spring either, as he's making more birdies, hitting more greens in regulation and is swinging a hot putter - all that's lacking is four consistent rounds.

And where better to find consistency than at a tournament where he came so close to winning at the first attempt last year.

Kim found himself a single shot off the lead going into the last round in 2008's RBC Canadian Open and had his putter not let him down on the final Sunday then he could very well have been a treble event winner.

This time around he's putting better than ever and, given the absence of many big names, he looks a huge price at 18/1 - if he can keep the ball on the fairways.

This is not to say you need to be amongst golf's upper echelons to be a title contender, or so it would seem.

This week's Open Championship saw Stewart Cink come from nowhere to land the Claret Jug, Lucas Glover stole the US Open title and the previously unheard of Chez Reavie mopped up at the Canadian Open last year.

Reavie, a 100/1 chance to retain his crown, and last year's runner-up Billy Mayfair, 150/1, gave an example that everyone will be trying to follow this time.

The pair were accurate off the tee, neat around the greens and, above else, consistent as they proved that you don't need to be a 300+ yard driver to make the grade at Glen Abbey.

And if this is the main criteria for success then the likes of Brandt Snedeker, 40/1, last week's US Bank Championship runner-up John Mallinger, 40/1, and Aaron Baddeley, 33/1, should all be good value on what is generally a low-scoring course.

However, the best each way shout for me has to be Fred Couples at a whopping 66/1.

As the years roll on 'Boom Boom' has become far more selective over the number of Tour events he appears in however, a more relaxed attitude, if anything, is inspiring the 49-year-old to produce some of the best golf he has played in recent years.

Eleven starts, three top ten finishes and, most importantly, two of those resulted in healthy payouts to each way value hunters with third place finishes in the Northern Trust Open and Shell Houston Open.

Couples can also draw inspiration from Tom Watson's Open showing as he showed age is no object to natural talent.

The telling factor for Couples fans could be the first day of play. If he's on the leaderboard at the end of Thursday then he will be a force to be reckoned with, so make sure you keep an eye on our prices throughout the tournament.

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