I'll bet that PGA of America officials, who run the final major championship of the season, the PGA Championship, are still upset that Jordan Spieth came up one shot short of getting into the British Open four-hole aggregate playoff on Monday and having a chance to complete the Grand Slam at the PGA. Spieth made a brilliant birdie on 16 to get into a share of the lead but bogeyed No. 17 and just missed a birdie putt on 18 to miss the playoff.
American Zach Johnson would beat South African Louis Oostzhuizen and Aussie Marc Leishman at the Old Course at St. Andrews -- Oosthuizen had won The Open at St. Andrews in 2010 last time it was staged there. If you saw Johnson's emotional interview after it was hard not to be thrilled for Johnson, who is regarded on Tour as one of nicest, most genuine people alive. It was Johnson's 12th career Tour win and second major, along with the 2007 Masters. He is the sixth player to win a Masters and a British Open at the home of golf and the only guy to make those two venues the site of his first two major wins. He had to birdie No. 18 to get into the playoff. His final-round 66 was his best career final round in a major.
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Spieth was, of course, trying to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. The 17th -- the Road Hole -- was a problem for him all week as he bogeyed it in three of four rounds (all three guys in the playoff would bogey it; it has been the hardest hole on the PGA Tour this season at 0.655 strokes over par). Spieth had six three putts overall at the British Open, including one four-putt on Monday. He had just two three-putts at the U.S. Open and none at the Masters.
I didn't think Spieth would contend since he didn't get to Scotland until last Monday and had only played the Old Course once previously. My choice to win was Sweden's Henrik Stenson, but he finished T40. I thought Tiger Woods would make the cut, which he was -220 to do, but Woods didn't after rounds of 76-75. His game is totally gone now, it's really amazing. I thought I was looking great for Dustin Johnson for a Top 10, but after rounds of 65-69 he closed 75-75. I did get Adam Scott for a Top 10 at +175, although he collapsed on the back-nine Monday with a chance to contend. I also got Sergio Garcia (T6) at +330 as the highest-placed finisher vs. Martin Kaymer, Hideki Matsuyama, Shane Lowry and Branden Grace. He also paid off for me as the top Spaniard at -138. Also got Oosthuizen at +250 as the highest-placed finisher over Justin Rose, Tiger, Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey.
It's a really weak field for this week's Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. There are scheduled to be 16 Canadians trying to win their national championship. That hasn't happened since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Former Masters champion Mike Weir isn't one of them as he has announced he is taking time away from Tour.
Tim Clark is the defending champion, beating Jim Furyk by a shot, but the South African won at Royal Montreal in 2014 -- like the U.S. Open this tournament rotates among courses. Clark is a +8000 long shot to repeat at Bovada. The tournament was last at Glen Abbey -- where the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is housed -- in 2013 and Brandt Snedeker won at 16 under. He's not in the field this time. There are around 30 guys who played The Open competing this week.
PGA Tour Golf Odds: Canadian Open Favorites
Aussie Jason Day is the +800 heavy favorite, and he came up just short of winning his first major yet again on Monday. He birdied No. 5 and 6 on Monday and looked to be rolling -- but he wouldn't birdie another hole and missed the playoff by a shot. It was his ninth career Top-10 finish at a major. I'm a bit surprised he's playing this week as he hasn't played here in six years.
Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar are both +1600. Watson missed the cut last week, just like he did at the U.S. Open. What did he then do the week after Chambers Bay? Won the Travelers Championship. He was T21 at this course two years ago. Kuchar was fourth at this tournament last year and co-runner-up in 2013.
Furyk (+1800), Brooks Koepka and Luke Donald (+2200) round out the favorites. Furyk won this event in 2006 & '07 but not at this course. He was ninth in 2013. Koepka is playing here for the first time. Donald was a solid T12 at the British Open. He missed the cut here two years ago.
PGA Tour Picks: Canadian Open Expert Betting Predictions
For a Top 10, I like Watson at +105, Furyk at +130 and Kuchar at +140. Not a fan of Day this week. Head-to-head, go with Furyk (-140) over Kuchar (+110), Watson (+110) over Day (-140), Kuchar (-140) over Koepka, Canadian Graham DeLaet (-105) over Ryan Palmer (-125), and Hunter Mahan (-125) over Scott Piercy (-105).
Not many props this week with the books coming off the busy weekend. I'm going with Donald to win, so obviously take him on any other props. He finally seems like he has his game back with three straight Top-15 finishes worldwide.
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