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Scottish Open Betting Preview & Tips

Rory’s out, so who can take advantage at the home of golf?

Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland is a par 70 measuring 7133 yards, and has been described as a classic links course. It’s the first time that the venue has hosted a Tour event, so there is no prior course form to evaluate.

Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar join defending champion Justin Rose who last year fought off Kristoffer Broberg, Marc Warren, Stephen Gallacher, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry and Matteo Manassero to claim the Scottish Open.

Previous Champions:

2014 Justin Rose

2013 Phil Mickelson

2012 Jeev Milkha Singh

2011 Luke Donald

2010 Edoardo Molinari

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Tournament stats:

  • Notable Scottish Open missed cuts: Andrew Dodt (four in four), Julien Quesne (3 in 3), Robert Rock (6 in 7), Darren Fichardt (6 in 7), Richie Ramsay (5 in 7), Michael Hoey (5 in 7), Emiliano Grillo (3 in 3), Magnus A. Carlsson (4 in 5), Fabrizio Zanotti (5 in 6), Pablo Larrazabal (5 in 7), Gregory Havret has missed his last four.
  • Thorbjorn Olesen has missed five of his last six cuts in all events. Graeme McDowell has missed three in a row.
  • Maximilian Kieffer boasts four top 10s in his last seven events. Soren Kjeldsen has three in six, including a links win at Royal County Down.
  • Marco Crespi leads the field in driving accuracy and is third overall on Tour, likewise with Thomas Aiken in greens in regulation.
  • George Coetzee leads the field in average putts (fourth on Tour), while Thongchai Jaidee leads in putts per GIR (third overall).

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Picks:

Ian Poulter (35/1)

Poulter is always a risky venture, but boasts four top tens in America this season – fifth in the recent Crowne Plaza Invitational and sixth at The Masters.

19th in strokes gained: putting, 12th in scoring average, 4th inscrambling from the rough and sixth in scrambling from > 30 yards in America. He’s often been in contention – but his round 4 scoring average drops over 100 places on Tour compared to his first three rounds. To his credit, he has made ten cuts in a row.

He also has form on links – most infamously at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. . .

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Padraig Harrington (135/1 StanJames)

Which was won by this man. Harrington’s undoubted prowess on links courses hasn’t deserted him – he led the Irish Open after the first round. His main strength on that occasion was his putting. He led in putts per GIR after round one, and even though he trailed off thereafter, he was still sixth in the stat at the end of play.

Padraig sensationally won The Honda Classic in March -ending a seven year wait, and when he’s on form, there’s not many better in the game.

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Branden Grace (28/1)

A decent price considering both his win record and his recent excellence at a difficult links set-up in Chambers Bay. Grace already holds six European Tour wins, the most relevant surely being the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He’s been in fine form this season too – with four top twelves in his last six events (including fourth at the U.S Open).

In Europe, he’s third in stroke average, fifth in greens in regulation, and ninth in putts per GIR.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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