See below as we run through this week’s major tournament – the Scottish Open – including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red’s Jack Milner.
ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS SCOTTISH OPEN
- Renaissance Club, North Berwick
- First staged in 1972
- Current champion – Brandon Stone
OVERVIEW: The Scottish Open in recent years has gone from strength to strength following the decision in 2011 to move to Links courses, making it the ideal warm-up even for The Open.
The organisers will be delighted with the strength of the field that is taking to the course at the Renaissance Club, some of the world’s elite have come over early to prepare – including Rory McIlroy, and American raiders Juston Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.
TOP TEN BETTING:
The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
Last week’s two headline selections, Eddie Pepperell and Jorge Campillo, played brilliantly around Lahinch during last week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and I see no reason to desert the pair entering this week’s Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.
Pepperell in particular impressed in Ireland, leading the tournament at the halfway stage but faltering during the final round. Eddie bogeyed two of the first four holes, and was immediately under pressure from both Rafa Cabrero-Bello and John Rahm quick out of the traps.
Nevertheless, Eddie Pep was making a return from injury, not sighted at a tournament since the PGA at Bethpage Black in May, and will clearly improve for the reappearance. He attracts at the 28/1 mark, and similarly remains value for The Open Championship – cut to 50/1 from 100s with 32Red after last week’s performance.
The same can be said about Campillo, who will appreciate any forecast wind and rain, having shown tremendous form in gusty conditions to win in Morocco earlier in the season. A poor third round cost him any chance of winning last week in Ireland however, a T7 finish saw him achieve a third consecutive Top 20 finish and he remains over-priced at 45/1 with 32Red.
Recency bias has seen Scandinavians Alexander Bjork and Lucas Bjerregaard both too big, with the latter massive for a Dunhill Links winner at 125/1 with 32Red. The Dane
Bjork meanwhile, finished T19 here 12 months ago and boasts similar form in tricky conditions. He was T9 in the Trophee Hassan won by Jorge Campillo and was second to Eddie Pepperell in last year’s British Masters. A reproduction of his best should see him in there with a chance.
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.
Very happy with last weeks picks with Jon Rahm delivering and Bryson DeChambeau coming up close – lets see if we can have just as much luck this time around.
For me, it is a case of two Matt’s – I am going for Matt Fitzpatrick and Matt Wallace both to go very well this weekend.