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Rory McIlroy will be aiming to win his third successive RBC Canadian Open title as the PGA Tour heads to Toronto for one of its most historic tournaments.

McIlroy heads a strong field for the event, which takes place just a week before the US Open in Los Angeles.

The Northern Irishman defeated Tony Finau by two shots in the 2022 tournament, and surged to a seven-stroke victory in 2019, with the 2020 and 2021 editions cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be a new challenge this week, however, with many of the game’s elite stars teeing it up at a different venue, the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

McIlroy will face competition from former Ryder Cup teammates Matthew Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose in a stacked field for the tournament, which takes place from June 8-11.

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Meanwhile, Michael Block, who shot to stardom at the PGA Championship, will also peg it up in Toronto after gaining a sponsor’s exemption following his heroics at Oak Hill last month.

American Ryder Cup hopefuls Sam Burns and Cameron Young will also be in the field, along with fan favourite Sahith Theegala.

But all eyes will be on McIlroy, and another victory would make him only the fourth three-time champion in the event.

The RBC Canadian Open details

Course: Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Toronto

Course stats: Par 72, 7,264 yards

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy

Purse: $9,000,000

Winner’s Share: $1,566,000

RBC Canadian Open betting tips

Here’s who the bookies fancy to do well this week…

Rory McIlroy 9/2

Matt Fitzpatrick 14/1

Tyrrell Hatton 14/1

Cameron Young 14/1

Sam Burns 16/1

Corey Conners 16/1

Shane Lowry 20/1

Justin Rose 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood 20/1

Sahith Theegala 28/1

The bunkered Bet 

Justin Rose 20/1

Rory McIlroy is the obvious favourite to make it three wins in a row on Canadian soil despite his poor finish at the Memorial, but his odds provide no value. Rose, meanwhile, took the week off for Jack Nicklaus’ tournament at Muirfield Village and will arrive in Toronto fresh and trending in the right direction with his game.

In a week where a series of European Ryder Cup hopefuls will fancy their chances, Rose should be seriously considered as a contender after following up a T9 finish at the PGA Championship with another top-15 at Colonial. There are few clues about the venue given the Oakland Golf and Country Club is playing host for the first time, but a resurgent Rose already has a victory on the PGA Tour this year and could thrive on the tree-lined parkland course if he drives well this week.

Odds correct at time of publishing. Please gamble responsibly.

RBC Canadian Open how to watch

Here’s how UK viewers can tune in this week…

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event 9.45pm.

Friday: Sky Sports Golf 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event 9.45pm.

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event 6.30pm.

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 5pm, Sky Sports Main Event 6.30pm.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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