The RBC Canadian Open has reached the halfway stage and there are some big names who have put themselves in contention for the tournament after two rounds.
Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka are all going nicely this week but it is Chad Campbell who has sent plenty of records tumbling on his way to a 14 under par total which is good enough to take him into the weekend two shots clear of the rest.
Campbell goes into the weekend looking for his first Tour win since 2007 and he begins round three as the 5/1 second favourite to win the tournament. Jason Day has started the tournament well but he still sits four shots behind Campbell. Despite that he is the 9/2 favourite to land his first win of the year this weekend.
Brian Harman will partner Campbell in the third round and he is 13/2 to win the tournament with Bubba Watson, who goes into the final two rounds five shots off the lead, a 9/1 shot to land a second win in the space of a few weeks.
No Canadian has won this tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954 so there will be plenty of hope and expectation on the shoulders of David Hearn this weekend. He is three off the lead and begins Saturday as a 14/1 shot to win his home title.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s round and the groups are all out off the first tee in pairs and most of the two balls have been priced up so there is a lot to have a look at.
The leaders go out at 6.45pm UK time and that pairing is Chad Campbell and Brian Harman while behind them there are good groups to watch in the form of Matt Kuchar and Camilo Villegas, Jason Day and Erik Compton and Charley Hoffman and Mark Wilson but I’m going elsewhere for a bet.
Chez Reavie claimed his only Tour win around this golf course back in 2008 so he knows how to play the course and I think he could be overpriced in his match against Scott Pinckney on Saturday.
Of the two Pinckney is having much the better season and he’s the longer of the two as well but he doesn’t hit as many fairways as Reavie and that means he is likely to make more errors than his playing partner. There will be holes which Pinckney smashes to pieces but he made a couple of bogeys and a double on Friday which highlights that with the good he’ll give you plenty of the bad.
Reavie is more consistent and even though he’s not as long as Pinckney he’ll be coming into most of the greens from the short stuff. With the firmness of the course Reavie’s lack of length might not be as much of a disadvantage here so at 6/5 given that he has good memories of this place he’s worth following this evening.
Back C.Reavie to beat S.Pinckney for a 3/10 stake at 2.20 with Skybet