With just a week to go before this year’s Open Championship, the world’s leading players will get some terrific links preparation this week at the Scottish Open. A strong field including 11 recent Ryder Cup stars will head to the Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian; a venue that is hosting the tournament for the first time.
Keep reading for our preview of this year’s Scottish Open.
Your Scottish Open betting favourites
A few days ago any preview of the leading contenders for this year’s Scottish Open would, of course, have included the Open Championship favourite Rory McIlroy. Then, out of the blue, this happened:
Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout… https://t.co/xpfDpsW38k
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) July 6, 2015
McIlroy’s injury is set to keep him out of the Open – although he hasn’t ruled out taking part – but it does leave the door open for some of his rivals this week.
Justin Rose won the Scottish Open last year at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and the Englishman is looking forward to a fortnight in Scotland. “I think the fact we were on a great links course last year in Aberdeen and another world-renowned one this week at Gullane is great. I have played Gullane back in the day in the Amateur Championship and you drive through there and see the hills and some of the sweeping par fours down the hill and if the winds with you, you can really get some drives going.
“Any year that The Open is at St Andrews is special so to be in Scotland for two weeks, not far from the Home of Golf, will be nice. Winning in Scotland is special, they’re knowledgable and hopefully we’ll be able to make some more memories this week.”
Rose is the 12/1 favourite this week.
Phil Mickelson can boast a win and a second place in this event since 2007 and could go well at 16/1. The American enjoys playing in this part of Scotland, having won the Open just a few miles down the road at Muirfield in 2013, and will be looking to hone his game ahead of the Open at St Andrews next week.
American Ryder Cup stars Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker are 32/1 and 27/1 respectively while it may also pay to keep an eye on Shane Lowry. The Irishman was T6 at the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, before finishing an excellent T9 at the US Open on a links style course. The Irishman is 25/1 this week.
Some outsiders to follow
Over the last few weeks we’ve been keeping an eye on the young German player Max Kieffer. While he didn’t perform as well as we’d hoped on home turf at the BMW, the 25 year old has recorded seven consecutive top 30 finishes on the European Tour including a T3 at the Nordea Masters and a T10 at last week’s Open de France.
He is yet to break the top 70 at the Scottish Open but on current form he could be a good each-way bet this week at 49/1.
There hasn’t been a home winner of the Scottish Open since Colin Montgomerie in 1999 but that could change this year if Marc Warren can find a bit of form. The 34 year old grew up just 60 miles west of Gullane and has finished in the top three at this event in two of the last three years.
Of the 156 players in the field, Warren is statistically the best putter and while he has missed the cut at his last two European Tour events he was a respectable T27 at the US Open. Warren is a 65/1 chance.
Another Scotsman who could go well this week is 32 year old Martin Laird. Laird plies his trade on the PGA Tour where he has made 11 of the last 14 cuts. His season started well with a couple of top 7 finishes but since then he has struggled, although his T15 at the recent Travelers Championship was his best result in months.
Laird has three top 20 finishes at the Scottish Open in six visits and, at 65/1, he could be a good long shot.
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