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Live RBC Canadian Open Odds Entering Round 3: Matt Kuchar Listed as Favorite

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in Golf

Updated Apr 12, 2020 · 8:06 AM PDT

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Matt Kuchar is in search of his third victory of the season at the RBC Canadian Open this week. Photo by Omar Rawlings (Flickr) [CC License].
  • Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown share the 36-hole lead at the RBC Canadian Open
  • Both players shot 63 in Round 2 and are a stroke ahead of Brandt Snedeker and Canadian Nick Taylor
  • See the updated live odds entering Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open

Two rounds are in the books at the RBC Canadian Open, and one of RBC’s own has a share of the 36-hole lead. Matt Kuchar shot 63 in Round 2 to join Scott Brown atop the leaderboard, while two other Team RBC ambassadors, Brandt Snedeker and Canadian Nick Taylor, are just a stroke behind.

Live 2019 RBC Canadian Open Odds

Golfer Position Score Rounds Odds
Matt Kuchar T-1 -12 65, 63 +300
Scott Brown T-1 -12 65, 63 +1200
Brandt Snedeker T-3 -11 69, 60 +600
Nick Taylor T-3 -11 64, 65 +1400
Webb Simpson 5 -10 66, 64 +550
Adam Hadwin 6 -9 65, 66 +1600
Mackenzie Hughes T-7 -8 66, 66 +3300
Henrik Stenson T-7 -8 66, 66 +1400
Graeme McDowell T-7 -8 65, 67 +2800
Ben Silverman T-7 -8 71, 61 +8000
Shane Lowry T-7 -8 64, 68 +2000
Sungjae Im T-7 -8 64, 68 +3300
Rory McIlroy T-13 -7 67, 66 +1000
Sepp Straka T-13 -7 68, 65 +15000
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez T-13 -7 67, 69 +12500

*Odds taken June 7 at 9pm EST

Taylor is actually one of four Canadians currently inside the top-10 and is looking to become the first Canadian to win this event in 65 years.

Top of the Board

Kuchar already has two wins this season under his belt and is in prime position to add a third trophy to his mantle.

The FedExCup leader has been striking the ball immaculately all week, and leads the field in strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained total through 36 holes.

Brown’s ball striking has been equally as impressive, but there’s no way I can back a guy whose lone PGA Tour win came over six years ago at an alternate field event.

He has a long history of starting out hot before fading on the weekend, and if I’m going to bet somebody at the top, it has to be a proven winner like Kuchar.

Kuchar’s +300 odds are quite reasonable given his position and pedigree, and his steady, accurate game perfectly suits this golf course.

Stenson is Due

Speaking of accurate players, you’d be hard pressed to find a better iron player in the world than Henrik Stenson.

He leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach this year, and has been peppering greens again this week. Stenson ranks second in the field on approach and is finally rolling in some putts.

He’s yet to make a bogey this week and has more than enough talent to erase a four stroke deficit over the course of two rounds; +1400 is a fair price for one of the class golfers within striking distance of the lead.

Best Live Value Picks at the RBC Canadian Open

  1. Adam Hadwin (+1600): He’s currently gaining strokes in all facets of his game, and won on a corollary course at Valspar two years ago.
  2. Shane Lowry (+2000): He’s playing his best golf in years, with top-8 finishes in each of his last two tournaments. He’s already racked up 11 birdies and an eagle through two rounds and if he can avoid the big numbers, he has enough firepower to make it to the top of the leaderboard.
  3. Justin Thomas (+4000): One of the elite scorers on Tour, he’s finally rounding into form after battling a wrist injury. He’s gained the fifth most strokes on approach this week, but ranks 132nd in putting. If he regresses back to the mean with the flat stick, a couple of very low rounds could be in his future this weekend.
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