Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Betting Tips
Bet UK's golf expert, Luke Tredget, brings you his latest golf betting tips ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over three courses. 168 professionals are paired with 168 amateurs and play St.Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie in rotation over the first three days with the final round being played at St.Andrews on the Sunday after the cut has been made. The pins are traditionally set in easier than normal positions to assist the amateur players and scoring is low. This week’s weather looks predictably blustery with Thursday looking the windiest day with gusts of over 30mph forecast.
The Golf Betting Favourites for the Alfred Dunhill:
Heading the market with Bet UK is USA Ryder Cupper Brooks Koepka and he is easily passed over as a potential wager. Koepka arrives on the back of the USA’s heavy defeat in France and in all likelihood probably doesn’t want to be playing. As well as the defeat, two media reports emerged today which are sure to have a negative impact on his mindset. Rumours of a significant falling out with compatriot Dustin Johnson are bad enough, but worse by far is the news that the lady who was struck by an errant Koepka drive last week will lose her sight in one eye. It would take monumental fortitude for Koepka to raise his game to the level required to win this week. Next in the betting at 12/1 with Bet UK is a player who will be coming into the event in a very different frame of mind, step forward Ryder Cup hero of the people Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood boasts an excellent record in this event with three top 5’s and three top 30’s in the last six years, but given his exertions last week it’s tough to envisage there being enough petrol in tank for the Englishman to enter the winners enclosure. Tony Finau and winner of the two previous Alfred Dunhill’s Tyrell Hatton are the next in the betting and whilst Hatton has to be greatly respected I’m not keen to have any Ryder Cup players onside at their respective prices.
Leading the staking plan is the 31 year old Irishman with a silky short game you could spend all day watching. Lowry comes into the event with a confidence boosting 6th place last time out in Portugal, has a solid record in the Alfred Dunhill having not been out of the top 30 in the past five years and is more than capable of steering his ball around windy courses. There is every reason to expect a big week from Lowry who is talented enough to play Ryder Cup golf himself one day. Bet UK rate him a 19/1 prospect and we’ll have 1.5pts each way at that price.
For our second wager we’ll chance Branden Grace at Bet UK’s 30/1. The South African is a former champion of this event, lifting the prestigious trophy back in 2012. Grace has been a little quiet of late, with his last decent showing coming when fifth in the European showpiece event at Wentworth. Hopefully the return to these famous courses on which he has previously triumphed will inspire him back into top form. Plenty of wind forecast can only be to Grace’s advantage as he has one of the lowest ball flights on tour and is more than capable of drilling the type of low chasing shots required on a blustery links.
Ross Fisher is a former Ryder Cup player himself and whilst it’s probably a touch ambitious to ever imagine him donning the blue of Europe ever again there’s still plenty of life left in the likeable Englishman yet. Fisher has had to watch countryman Tyrell Hatton edge him out in the last two renewals of this event, but perhaps he could go one place better this week. In total Fisher now has three second place finishes in this tournament and whilst his current form is nothing to write home about there is just enough juice in Bet UK’s 45/1 to justify a small bet.
Other Notables Betting Tips:
Chris Wood is reluctantly left out of the staking plan as he ticks all the right boxes. A fabulous wind player it’s no surprise he has a great record in the event including three top 10’s. He arrives with all parts of his game in good order and should post a solid finish. Matthew Fitzpatrick doesn’t seem to have built a particular affinity with links golf at this stage of his career, but there is no logic for that and the last time we saw him on a golf course he was lifting a trophy winning in Switzerland. It wouldn’t be the greatest shock in the world to see a repeat performance. Louis Oosthuizen will forever have fond memories of St.Andrews having won the 2010 Open at the world famous venue, the sweet swinging South African remains a joy to watch in full flow and could play a part this week. Padraig Harrington and Martin Kaymer are both previous champions of this event and both know how to score in the wind, Bet UK have both priced at over 50/1 and are worthy of consideration. Eddie Pepperell is playing well and will have his supporters whilst nobody in the field will come into the event with more confidence than Tom Lewis.
Our final selection is young Swede Marcus Kinhult at Bet UK’s 100/1. I don’t think Kinhult will be going off three figure prices much longer, and whilst this will be his debut in the Alfred Dunhill he is worth chancing at the price. Kinhult has enjoyed a solid season which sees him sit a respectable 45th in the Race to Dubai standings and his career trajectory is likely to be going only one way. He’ll have enjoyed watching the Ryder Cup last week on a course he finished an excellent 5th on earlier this year and comes into this week with an extremely encouraging 4th last time out at the Portugal Masters. Expect another good performance from this highly promising youngster.
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