“Finally! The PGA Tour has come back to Canadaaaaa!” – The Rock if he were to tee up the action at this week’s RBC Canadian Open.
That’s right, after the past two editions of this annual tournament were cancelled due to COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions, the PGA makes its long-awaited return north of the border.
The defending champion is 2019 winner Rory McIlroy who leads a field of more than 150 golfers.
Of course, there will be several notable absences including 2018 Canadian Open winner Dustin Johnson.
The former world No. 1 and two-time major winner resigned his PGA Tour membership on Tuesday to participate in the LIV Golf Invitational, which is part of a new and controversial golf series being financially backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
Other notable PGA and European Tour stars joining Johnson include Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Phil Mickelson. Past major winners Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed are also expected to eventually compete in LIV Golf events.
Reed was initially slated to play at the 2022 Canadian Open and his style, on paper at least, would’ve been a nice fit this year’s course at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, Ont.
The last time the Canadian Open was held at St. George’s was back in 2010 when Sweden’s Carl Pettersson won it, however the Stanley Thompson-designed course has undergone a facelift since that tournament.
The No. 3-ranked course in Canada, according to Golf Digest, plays as a par 70 at just a tad over 7,000 yards. It features some long par-3s, several short par-5s with greens makable in two for the long bombers, and club superintendent Ian McQueen told PGATour.com the rough is “thicker than a standard Tour event.”
There are plenty of tree-lined fairways, picturesque undulations, and the small greens are bordered by an assortment of bunkers that can penalize a reckless approach, especially as hole locations move throughout the weekend.
Overall, this course should favour golfers who display accuracy off the tee and with their irons, plus an ability to get out of trouble when their ball makes a trip to the beach.
With that in mind, let’s take look at the odds and see where the value is.
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It’s a huge field in terms of total number of golfers though the betting odds are relatively top-heavy. In addition to the LIV golfers mentioned above, stars like Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland and Will Zalatoris are focused on preparing for next week’s U.S. Open and didn’t make the trip up to Ontario.
The three golfers with the shortest odds are current world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+850), 2022 PGA Champion Justin Thomas (+900) and the red-hot McIlroy (+900).
Scheffler has four wins this year already and was runner up at the Charles Schwab Challenge two weeks ago. He should be a contender here like he is most weeks.
McIlroy tends to play well on smaller greens, so between that and his four top-10s and six top-20 finishes in eight tournaments in 2022, he’ll have a shot at becoming the first back-to-back Canadian Open champ since Jhonattan Vegas won at Glen Abbey in 2016 and 2017.
Thomas being one of the best players off the tee and from the sand gives him a huge leg up at St. George’s. I’ll personally take JT to finish with the low score out of that top trio since his strengths align strongly with this type of course. Thomas is also excellent on long par 4s, of which this course has several, so if I was the bookmaker he’d be the chalk pick.
Not to be ignored from this top tier is Sam Burns who’s riding high off a win at the Charles Schwab. Cam Smith is also a popular play this week, however he tends to struggle from bunkers and that could cost him some strokes this weekend.
If you’re looking to avoid the chalkiest picks but are thinking the winner will emerge from this top tier, then Matt Fitzpatrick (+1600) or Shane Lowry (+1800) might be your best options. Thomas, Fitzpatrick and Lowry all boast top-10 sand save percentages and up-and-downs from bunkers are likely to be a factor in who wins.
Lowry has been steady as can be this year with only one finish outside the top 30 and no missed cuts. Fitzpatrick is a little more hit and miss. In 2022, Matty Fitz either finishes in the top 18 or he misses the cut entirely.
CONTENDERS WITH VALUE & LONGSHOTS
As you can see there’s a steep drop-off once you get past the top contenders.
Tyrrell Hatton (+2800) is a tempting play from this group with his fruitful putting stats and scrambling ability, but there are options a bit further down the board if you’re seeking potential longshot contenders.
Sahith Theegala (+6000) has quietly shot under par in four of his past five outings and will look to ride the momentum from his T5 finish this past weekend at the Memorial. Theegala’s odds for a top-20 finish are a tempting +210.
Brendon Todd (+7000) doesn’t bomb it off the tee but keeps to the fairways better than most. He’s better-than-average on the greens, ranking fifth in strokes gained putting, and is more effective around the greens than he is on approach. Todd has +240 odds for a top-20 finish.
CANADIANS IN THE FIELD & PROP BETS
This is the group looking to become the first Canuck to win the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher did it all the way back in 1954. The next closest was Mike Wier who in 2004 lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh.
Corey Conners (+2000) has been the top Canadian on Tour and his odds this weekend reflect that. He’s familiar with the course and is having a solid season. If the pressure of playing at home doesn’t affect him and Conners’ putter doesn’t let him down, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in contention come Sunday.
Adam Hadwin has finished 26th or better in seven of his past 11 PGA outings since February and both Mackenzie Hughes and Nick Taylor had top-15 finishes at the Wells Fargo in May.
Adam Svensson has quietly made three consecutive cuts, although his putting and lack of distance off the tee could hold him back.
A Svensson top-30 finish carries some decent value at +210. Speaking of prop bets, here are a handful I’m considering putting on my card in case you care to follow or fade…
Outright winner and each/way contenders: Matt Fitzpatrick (+1600), Shane Lowry (+1800), Corey Conners (+2000), Tyrrell Hatton (+2800)
Top-10 contenders with value: Corey Conners (+200), Tony Finau (+225), Tyrrell Hatton (+260), Adam Hadwin (+320), Brendon Todd (+550)
Top-20 contenders with value: Sahith Theegala (+210), Justin Rose (+210), Brendon Todd (+240)
(All listed betting odds above via Bet365 as of Wednesday afternoon)
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Canuck icons Henrik, Daniel Sedin, Sens star Alfredsson lead 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class – CBC Sports
Henrik and Daniel Sedin entered the NHL together.
The superstar twins then tormented a generation of opponents with the Vancouver Canucks throughout dominant careers that included mesmerizing displays of skill, individual accolades and unprecedented team success.
It’s only fitting the talented brothers will walk into the Hockey Hall of Fame side-by-side.
The Sedins headline the class of 2022 elected Monday, one with a decidedly West Coast and Swedish feel that includes former Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, fellow countryman and former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, Finnish women’s player Riikka Sallinen and builder Herb Carnegie.
“It’s not what you think about when you when you play the game,” said Henrik Sedin, who along with his brother and Luongo were in their first years of hall eligibility. “We’ve always just put our head down and tried to put in our work.
“What we were most proud of is that we got the most out of our talent.”
“Truly an amazing feeling,” Luongo added on a media conference call. “It feels surreal.”
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Alfredsson, who’s has been eligible since 2017, thought he might have to wait at least another year until the phone rang at his home in Sweden.
“It’s such a privilege to be able to play this sport for a living,” he said. “Something I would have played for fun for my whole life without a question.”
“I’m probably the second-best Daniel out of this group,” joked Daniel Sedin, who along with his brother will be 42 when the induction ceremony takes place in November.
“Couldn’t be more honoured.”
Henrik Sedin — selected No. 3 overall at the 1999 draft, one spot behind Daniel — is Vancouver’s all-time leader in assists (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330) and power-play points (369).
The centre won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Art Ross Trophy as its leading scorer in 2009-10. He added 23 goals and 78 points in 105 playoff games, including the Canucks’ run to the 2011 Stanley Cup final.
If Henrik was the passer on what was one of hockey’s most dangerous lines, Daniel Sedin was the trigger man.
His 393 goals are first in team history, and the winger sits second in assists (648), points (1,041), games played (1,306) and power-play points (367).
Daniel Sedin won the Ted Lindsay Award as the league MVP as voted by NHL Players’ Association members in 2010-11 to go along with the Art Ross Trophy. He added 71 points in 102 playoff games.
“Just watching them work with each other on the ice and literally knowing where they are without even seeing each other was something that always blew my mind,” Luongo said of the Sedins. “They’re great teammates. Everybody loved them, great people.
“Not so great card players, but that’s for another day.”
The hall’s 2020 edition was finally inducted last November after a delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic after officials decided against naming a class of 2021.
The 18-member selection committee met in-person this year for the first time since 2019.
Luongo’s storied career began with Islanders
Luongo started his career with the New York Islanders and wrapped up with the Florida Panthers.
His best moments, however, were on the West Coast.
When he retired, Luongo ranked third in NHL history with 489 wins, a number that’s since been surpassed by Marc-Andre Fleury.
The 43-year-old sits second behind Martin Brodeur in three goaltending categories — games played (1,044), shots against (30,924) and saves (28,409).
Luongo twice won 40 games with the Canucks, including an eye-popping 47 victories in 2006-07, and made at least 70 appearances in four straight seasons.
“He was the difference for us to get the next level,” Henrik Sedin said. “If you’re talking about a winner, he’s the guy.
“Never took a day off.”
A finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder on three occasions, Luongo sat behind only Sidney Crosby in Hart Trophy voting following his 47-win campaign.
The Montreal native won two Olympic gold medals, leading Canada to the top of the podium in Vancouver in 2010 before backing up Carey Price in Sochi four years later.
“It’s a really, truly humbling experience,” Luongo said before adding of the Sedins: “And the best part of the whole thing is that I get to go in with two of my favourite teammates of all time and two of the greatest people I know.”
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Alfredsson scored 444 goals in 18 seasons
Alfredsson put up 444 goals, 713 assists and 1,157 points during his 18 NHL seasons.
The face of the Senators for a generation in the nation’s capital won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1996, and added 100 points in 124 playoff contests.
“We looked up to the way he plays hockey and what kind of person he is,” Henrik Sedin said.
Alfredsson, who won Olympic gold with the Sedins in 2006 and led Ottawa to the 2007 Cup final, thanked Senators fans for helping him get over the hall hump, including a social media campaign this spring that included boosts from the organization and former teammates.
“Really special with the support I’ve had from Ottawa throughout my career from the beginning until this day,” said the 49-year-old, who owns the franchise record for goals, assists and points. “They’ve been a real big supporter of mine and trying to help me get into the Hall of Fame.
“They’re behind me all the way … it goes both ways.”
Sallinen played 16 seasons with the Finnish women’s national team, winning Olympic bronze in both 1998 and 2018.
She added a silver at the 2019 world championships to go along with six third-place finishes. In all, the 48-year-old scored 63 goals and added 59 assists in 81 games for her country.
Hall of Fame selection committee chair Mike Gartner, who was inducted in 2012, said on the media call that Sallinen had yet to be informed of the honour, but quipped she should pick up the phone and dial in if she was listening.
Carnegie, who died in March 2012 at age 92, has often been mentioned as the best Black hockey player to never play in the NHL.
Following a long career in senior hockey where he faced racism that kept him from achieving his ultimate dream, Carnegie founded Future Aces, one of Canada’s first hockey schools, in 1955.
He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, and was also named to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
“This is so important to so many people out there who believed in my father,” said Herb Carnegie’s daughter, Bernice. “Whether he was golfing or whether he was in business or whether he was working with thousands upon thousands of young people, it always came back to hockey and how his how he learned so much from the game.
“I am so proud.”
Report: Nets’ Kyrie Irving opting into $37M player option for 2022-23 season – Sportsnet.ca
NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving has decided to exercise his $36.9 million option for the coming season and will remain under contract with the Brooklyn Nets, two people with knowledge of his decision said Monday.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the Nets had not confirmed the decision publicly.
The Athletic first reported Irving’s decision. “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall,” the outlet quoted Irving as saying.
On Twitter, Irving posted a separate statement: “I know who I am,” was the message there.
For now, that still means a member of the Nets.
The seven-time All-Star averaged 27.4 points and 5.8 assists this past season for the Nets, with whom he has spent the last three seasons. He’s about to enter the final season in a four-year, $137 million deal with Brooklyn.
Irving had until Wednesday to inform the Nets of his opt-in decision. It closes one element of the ongoing saga regarding Irving’s future, which has been one of the biggest storylines as the league prepares for the start of free agency later this week.
He appeared in only 29 regular-season games this past season, largely because of his decision to not be vaccinated against COVID-19. That made him ineligible to play in most of Brooklyn’s home games, until getting an exemption to New York City’s mandate in the spring.
The Nets entered this past season thinking they would have a core of Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden. It didn’t work out anywhere near as planned; Irving wasn’t with the team for the majority of the season, Harden ended up getting traded to Philadelphia, the Nets needed to survive the play-in tournament just to make the playoffs and wound up getting swept in the first round by eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston.
Back in March, Irving was asked if he was planning to return to Brooklyn for next season. He gave no indication otherwise.
“I love it here,” Irving said at the time. “Once that summertime hits, I know that we’ll have some conversations. But there’s no way I can leave my man 7 anywhere.”
Summertime hit. The conversations apparently didn’t go as first planned.
And “my man 7” — that meant Durant, who wears jersey No. 7 for the Nets — may have been seeing his point guard departing, a move that certainly could have led to Durant pondering his own future in Brooklyn.
But with Irving presumably back, and with Ben Simmons — who didn’t play at all this season and was acquired by the Nets in the Harden trade — set to team up alongside Irving and Durant this coming season, Brooklyn could quickly return to contender status.
Irving could have made this all go away over the weekend, or at least turned the full boil down closer to simmer, when asked by Complex News at the BET Awards if he still wants to play for the Nets. He declined to answer. He wasn’t rude about it, did it with a smile, but didn’t provide so much as a hint.
A tiny one came Monday when the clip was posted to Instagram and Irving was among those to comment.
“When I smile like that, it means there’s more to the story,” Irving wrote Monday, several hours before his opt-in decision was revealed. “I’ll have my time to address things.”
NBA free agency opens Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.
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