The Canadian Open is reaching the half way point and the scoring has been extremely low so far with Martin Flores currently leading the way at -12 after shooting back to back rounds of 66. The tournament is delicately poised heading into the weekend with 24 players within four shots of the lead, including World Number 1, Dustin Johnson and Charley Hoffman.
In this preview I’ll be taking a look at where the smart money lies heading into the final two days of the action, but first we need to take a look at the odds that Ladbrokes have on offer.
As you can see, despite being four shots off the lead, Dustin Johnson has been installed as the big favourite by Ladbrokes at odds of 5/1. The in form Charley Hoffman currently stands at -10 and is available at odds of 7/1 to win outright. Value for money probably lies further down the list of the players though with some intriguing names making up the list.
Before the tournament started I backed Tony Finau E/W at 25/1 and the big man from Salt Lake City is still available for the same price. He has looked in solid touch so far, carding rounds of 69 and 67 and currently sits four shots off the pace, the same as Dustin Johnson. It is a course that suits a player like Finau and if he can continue to improve over the next two days he’s in with a great chance of picking up a tour victory.
One man who has been rolling back the years is Vijay Singh, with the man nicknamed “The Big Fijian” carding rounds of 66 and 68 to leave himself -10 for the tournament and just two shots off the lead. Singh’s best finish this year is T16, but the former World Number 1 has 24 PGA Tour victories to his name and certainly has the mental capacity to win any tournament. The odds reflect the slim chance Singh has of winning, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 50/1 for anyone brave enough to gamble on the 54-year-old legend.
Kevin Chappell looks a solid bet at 11/1 with the American also sitting on -10 from his two rounds so far. Chappell has been in solid form recently and his odds look more tempting than those of Dustin Johnson or Charley Hoffman.
An each-way bet on Chappell or Finau looks like a solid prospect this weekend, whilst if you are feeling riskier, that 50/1 available on The Big Fijian to pick up his 25th PGA Tour victory could prove tempting.