2023 RBC Canadian Open odds, predictions: David Lipsky among best long shot PGA bets at Oakdale

2023 RBC Canadian Open odds, predictions: David Lipsky among best long shot PGA bets at Oakdale
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It’s always an adventure trying to handicap the tournament right before a major championship, and that won’t change with the 2023 RBC Canadian Open.

Not only are there a lot of stars skipping the trip north, but we’re also going to see a new course — Oakdale Golf & Country Club — host the event.

And it’s fair to wonder just how motivated the top-level players will be for this tournament.

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They were just put through the wringer at the Memorial last weekend and have another severe test awaiting them at Los Angeles Country Club on the other side of the Canadian Open, so there could be a bit of a preseason feel to this event for some of the favorites.

Lastly, we have no idea how this course will play during a PGA Tour event.

All signs point to a birdie-fest, which is a change of pace at this junction of the calendar, but we won’t know for sure until Thursday.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy is the clear favorite at +470, which puts him in his own tier.

Tyrrell Hatton (+1000), Matthew Fitzpatrick (+1500), Cameron Young (+1500), Sam Burns (+1600), Shane Lowry (+1800), Corey Conners (+1800) and Justin Rose (+1800) make up the rest of the favorites.

With the top of the board looking very beatable, this is a great week to circle some long shots and hope to catch the favorites looking ahead to the U.S. Open.

2023 RBC Canadian Open picks

David Lipsky (+12500, FanDuel)

There’s nothing wrong with backing a longshot in hot form, and David Lipsky certainly has that going for him right now.

After missing seven of 11 cuts heading into the Charles Schwab Challenge, something seemed to click for Lipsky.

He finished T16 at Colonial and then was in contention to win the Memorial last weekend but faltered on Sunday to wind up T12. That’s still a tremendous showing, given the field and course.

Aaron Cockerill (+20000, Caesars)

Don’t be surprised if Aaron Cockerill attracts some sleeper hype among the betting community this week.

Cockerill isn’t a known commodity on the PGA Tour, but he’s enjoying quite a run on the DP World Tour with five consecutive finishes of T21 or better.

Cockerill was the runner-up in Japan in April and finished T10 in his last tournament, so there are plenty of signs pointing to a big week from the Manitoban. 

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Akshay Bhatia (+14000, FanDuel)

This is a good tournament to target some raw players with significant upside, like Akshay Bhatia.

The 21-year-old is coming off a rough week at the Memorial, but plenty of players struggled at Muirfield Village, and this is going to be a very different kind of test compared to last week.

In all likelihood, this tournament will play out more like what Bhatia faced at the Puerto Rico Open and Mexico Open — two birdie-fests against weaker fields — and he finished second and fourth, respectively, at those events.