Golf | The Scottish Open | Tournament Preview and Betting Tips

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Golf | The Scottish Open | Tournament Preview and Betting Tips

The Scottish Open is the second of three consecutive links tournaments, the starter before next week's major, the Open Championship. 

Returning champion Alex Noren defends his title in a deceptively strong field that contains the likes of Rickie Fowler, Rory Mcilroy, and Henrik Stenson. With everyone keen on honing their game in readiness for the big one next week, there's an added intrigue to this week's betting. Can we continue our fine run of picking winners? Read on!   

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THE SCOTTISH OPEN | SS1, 07:30

Favourite: RICKIE FOWLER 15/2

TOURNAMENT & COURSE OVERVIEW 

Dundonald is the sister course to Loch Lomond and this stunning landscape was originally crafted by Mother Nature herself, before world renowned course architect Kyle Phillips got to work. 

Sharing top billing on the European Tour, Dundonald is part of the Rolex Series events and offers players a last chance into the Open Championship. As such, the tournament is always keenly contested.  

The par-72 is 7,100-yards and sits on the west coast of Scotland. It is full of pine trees and gorse heather, with the back nine particularly beset by sand dunes. The greens are predominately fine fescue grass, with some poa annua (meadow grass) coming back. Doglegs abound as the uninitiated player gets lulled by the beauty of his surroundings.

The signature hole is probably the 11th, a puzzling 120-yard par 3 with a raised green. The length encourages players to go short, which in turn means the wind often forces the ball into the marsh or the three-foot deep bunkers, whilst long shots land in a bunker smaller than a child's crib! {Precision is the key here! 

PRIZE POOL: The prize pool is $7,000,000

WEATHER:  The weather looks set to hold for the golf, with cloudy but warm days and moderate winds the order of the day. There is potential for rain on Sunday, so the faster greens may come into play. Bear that in mind when betting in-play: StanJames.com's popular In-Play ACCA INSURANCE offer has that covered. 


Wood to cut them down to size?

Rory comes into this one needing some game time and a result here will leave him in good standing come Birkdale next week. The Ulsterman is 10/1 second favourite, behind Rickie Fowler (15/2) whose creative game seems ideally sited to this Links course. Of course, he's on form as well and we wouldn't put you off either, especialy as they should be in the mix at the end, but we'll dig a little deeper for our picks...

First up is Chris Wood. The tall, 29-year-old Bristolian has a feel for links golf and has all the tools in his armour to combat what is thought to be a cloudy and wndy(ish) weekend. He finished T2 in The Nordea Masters and despite his withdrawal from the Open De France when eight-over par with a wrist injury, he's surly wrth a punt at 50/1. As he said on Twitter, he's: "Pain free and running!" Let's hope he puts the hurt on the others instead!

Defending champions have it all to do when returning to the scene of the crime, but Alex Noren has the mental strength to go all the way again. Regular readers will know we rate the 35-year-old Swede and his recent form has done nothing to disuade us from the notion that he's good to go once again. The world's number nine was 10th at The Players befoire missing the cut at the US Open. It is worth remembering that he hit a course record at Wentworth to secure his ninth European Tour title and was tenth a the Open de France. 16/1     

 


More, you say? More demanding than the ex you lot!

Okay, let's see if you have similarly expensive tastes...

We're going for an absolute flyer here... a real left-field punt that could see us dancing in the streets, sans kilt 'n' all! Duncan Stewart maybe ranked 397th in the world and in a real 'must do' phase of his career. His card on the Tour has been in jeporady recently but he seems to have a bit of fight about him. He got the biggest payday of his career when finishing T20 a the Irish Open last week and that could be the momentum he needs to get going this time round. "There is no try, only do!" May the force be with you all! 300/1.        


PAST CHAMPS IN THE FIELD 

  • 2016 - Alex Noren
  • 2015 - Rickie Fowler
  • 2014 - Justin Rose
  • 2013 - Phil Mickelson
  • 2012 - Jeev Milkha Singh
  • 2011 - Luke Donald

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