Weekly Golf Preview – Canadian Open | European Open

After a brilliant Open Championship, it is back to normality in the golfing world, with two impressive tournaments on either side of the Atlantic.

The PGA Tour is back up and running with one of the oldest tournaments in the world with the Canadian Open – it is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour after the Open and the US Open.

The defending champion Jhonattan Vegas has an opportunity to become just the fourth player in the past 30 years to win a PGA Tour event in three consecutive seasons.

With the PGA Tour in Ontario, the European Tour is in Germany for the Porsche sponsored European Open.

See below as we run through tournaments for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and Betfair.


  • Glen Abbey Golf Course, Ontario
  • First staged in 1904
  • Current champion is Jhonattan Vegas

FIELD: No shortage of big names on Canada this week with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Kopeka the leading lights, whilst European number one Tommy Fleetwood is also on hand to provide a top-class field. Jhonattan Vegas is the defending champion in Ontario looking to win for a third successive year.

QUOTES: Vegas is looking forward to try and make some history.

“It’s really cool to have that opportunity,” Vegas said
“Obviously not many guys on Tour have that opportunity to win the same tournament three times, especially this one. That has never been done – it’s not an easy task. I feel like my game is in the right place – even though last week it was a little chaotic – and things are going the right way, so I’m going to give it a try.”


  • Staged at Green Eagle Golf Courses, Winsen, Germany
  • First staged in 1978
  • Current champion is Jordan Smith

FIELD: This tournament has benefited hugely from The Open with a number of foreign stars staying in Europe for another week to take part here, including Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Pat Perez and England’s Paul Casey. Jordan Smith the man looking to defend.

QUOTES: Smith is looking forward to trying to defend his title, saying: “Obviously it’s a whole new experience for me, coming back to a tournament and defending it, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”


ODDS provided by Betfair:

The pro’s point of view…

Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.

Certainly an interesting week ahead, and I think both tournaments look interesting.

I have to say I think I am going to stick with Tommy Fleetwood in Canada, I think he will look to bounce back, but I would also look out for Tony Finau to go close – and surely Vegas will do well on a course he loves.

In Germany, and I believe Paul Casey will do well, it is always great to see him back in Europe.

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