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RBC Canadian Open 2024 Each-Way Tips: Picks from 20/1 to 70/1

Scottish golfer Robert MacIntyre
Robert MacIntyre can get his first PGA Tour win

The PGA Tour heads over the border for the RBC Canadian Open and Dave Tindall has three each-way bets for Hamilton G&CC...

  • 70/171.00 Robert MacIntyre has plenty of good recent form

  • 20/121.00 Sahith Theegala looks on the verge of another win soon

  • 33/134.00 Tom Kim is ready for a breakout performance

The PGA Tour seems to love a good course renovation and we get another in this week's RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

This was the scene of Rory McIlroy's runaway seven-shot win in 2019 (Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson finished a distant tied second). But since then it's undergone a hefty $8.5m restoration from Martin Ebert.

Ebert and his team are best known for their work on Open venues and the plan this time was to give the visuals the look of the original Harry Colt design from over 100 years ago.

Ebert compared Hamilton's bunker renovation to the recent work he did at Royal Portrush. So is that a clue? Overall, the aim was to put more of an emphasis on ball-striking.

McIlroy waltzed home in 22-under when winning five years ago and he ranked 1st for Strokes Gained: Tee To Green.

But the dominant stat was SG: Putting. The top five for SGP finished as the top five on the final leaderboard while their SG: Approach rankings were 5th, 31st, 27th, 23rd and 45th.

It seems reasonable to expect something different this time.

The course is a standard par 70 measuring 7,084 yards. It now features purely poa annua putting surfaces while shaved run-off areas offer the opportunity to get creative around the greens.

Back Robert MacIntyre @ 70/171.00

Robert MacIntyre has been featuring on leaderboards in the last few months and this could be a good place to catch him.

The Scot managed tied eighth in the Zurich Classic pairs event alongside Belgian Thomas Detry and has since shown up strongly in solo play.

He was the first-round leader and second after both 36 and 54 holes at the Myrtle Beach Classic before sliding to 13th and then played some excellent golf to finish eighth in the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

While missed cuts in the CJ Cup Byron Nelson and Charles Schwab Challenge are a negative (maybe he just doesn't like Texas), the man from Oban is never going to win an award for consistency.

Wind back earlier in the year and he was sixth in the Mexico Open after three missed cuts on the West Coast.

Without doubt, the mentions of Ebert, Open and Portrush have probably bumped him up in my thinking and perhaps with justification.

MacIntyre finished tied sixth in that 2019 Open in Northern Ireland while he's since added tied eighth at Royal St George's.

Finishes of 12th and 23rd in his two starts at Augusta National also show he enjoys creative tests.

Reflecting on his week at Valhalla, MacIntyre said: "I'm on good form, good things are happening within my game and my team around me have been brilliant and just keep moving forward and keep wanting to go forward."

He doesn't have a PGA Tour win yet although it's still remarkable how McIlroy denied him in last year's co-sanctioned Scottish Open after the left-hander traded at long odds-on following a brilliant approach to the 72nd hole.

Perhaps MacIntyre can turn the tables on McIlroy here.

This is his first start in Canada but I'll think the somewhat reserved Scotsman will enjoy the vibe - more so than in the US - so he's worth a play at 70/1.

Back Sahith Theegala @ 20/121.00

It's pretty easy to make a case for Sahith Theegala this week and Rory's presence allows us to get 20/121.00.

The popular American has a string of good results this season.

He's been runner-up at both The Sentry and the RBC Heritage, fifth in Phoenix, sixth at Bay Hill, ninth in The Players Championship and 12th at the PGA Championship last time.

That 12th threatened to be much better after he started day four just one off the pace but a closing 73 dropped him back.

Theegala made some interesting comments at Valhalla. On the plus side he noted: "I think I'm making great strides in confidence. Just the results are showing. They are validating all the work that me and my team are putting in."

But he also hinted that he hasn't quite come to terms with being 12th in the world rankings. "It's weird," said Theegala. "I don't feel like there's only 11 players in the world better than me, and obviously with the whole Tour/LIV thing, that's not the case. There's guys out on LIV that are better golfers than me from an objective standpoint, and subjective. But I definitely feel myself getting better on and off the course."

But while Theegala may not quite feel mentally ready to win a major, he'll certainly believe he can get the job done here.

As well as this season's near misses, the 26-year-old showed great resolve to secure his first PGA Tour win back in September.

That came at the Fortinet Championship at Silverado - another shortish track with poa annua greens.

Theegala was also short in the betting that week (third favourite at 16s behind Max Homa and Justin Thomas) so handled expectations impressively.

His recent second place at Hilton Head in April as well as the top 10 at Sawgrass are also nice pointers that he can excel on a shotmaker's course that leans into his creativity.

Back Tom Kim @ 33/134.00

It's hard to fathom how Tom Kim hasn't managed a single top 10 this season.

A kinder appraisal of his form is that he's made 12 of 14 cuts and four of his six top 30s have come in his last six events.

In May, he's improved his finish each week: 52nd CJ Cup Byron Nelson, 47th Wells Fargo, 26th PGA Championship, 24th Byron Nelson.

Even that doesn't tell the full story as he was 19th with a lap to go at Valhalla and 11th heading into the final round at Colonial last week.

In summary, he's close.

A reminder that two seasons ago Kim became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA Tour before the age of 21.

He's since taken his tally to three by defending his Shriners title in Las Vegas back in October.

Also joint-runner-up in last year's Open Championship at Hoylake, Kim is probably only a top two or top three away from going off at nearer 20s in a field like this.

So before such a price crash occurs, let's get him on board.

"I've been playing really good golf. Just haven't really seemed to get things going, but to do this in a major championship shows me a lot more about myself and gives me more confidence," he said after an opening 66 in the US PGA.

A trip to Canada to play a gettable short course could very well be the start of a big, big summer for the Korean phenom.

Now read Steve Rawlings' RBC Canadian Open preview here

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