Scottish Open Golf Betting Tips
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The Renaissance Club - Dirleton, North Berwick - Par 71, 7,136 Yards
Following on from John Rahm’s highly impressive win last week at Lahinch, the European Tour’s Rolex Series of events rolls onto Scotland this week, and to the new venue of The Renaissance Club on Scotland’s Northern Coast, 40 minutes drive North of Edinburgh. Renaissance will be a new name to many having been designed just 11 years ago by American Tom Doak next to the more famous Open venue at Muirfield links.
An exposed, undulating, coastal links, with a few forestland holes, the course has something for everybody but, most importantly, will provide a good test for those looking to hone their links games before the season’s final Major next week at Portrush. Lahinch has just 3 par 5s and the fast, undulating, fairways will slightly negate some of the advantage held by the bigger hitters similarly to last week at Lahinch. Bunkering is fairly sparse, but very challenging for any players that come across them this week. To contend in this very strong field, players will need a good all round links game, wind management, and a top of the range short game similar to last week.
Last Five Winners:
2018: Brandon Stone - -20
2017: Rafa Cabrera Bello - -13
2016: Alex Noren - -14
2015: Rickie Fowler - -12
2014 : Justin Rose - -16
The Market Leaders
Five players have separated themselves from the market this week in what is a tough to call heat before The Open. Rory McIlroy sits comfortably out in front as the 6/1 market leader, a mark that seems short on a venue that he has not seen before against such a high class international field. Mcilroy has shown time and again that he is capable of handling links golf, much to the surprise of some analysts, but memories of the 80 at Carnoustie still linger large, and his ability to turn a bad round into a good score remains a concern in this format. Rory will need four good days to contend at Renaissance, but we all know he is capable of that.
Behind Rory sits a high calibre American trio of Rickie Fowler (13/1), Matt Kuchar (15/1), and Justin Thomas (16/1). All have WGC or Major titles to their names and, in the case of Fowler and Kuchar, are proven links players. Whilst all three have the ability to contend, I would veer towards Fowler as the most likely to contend at a tournament that he supports year in year out. Justin Thomas’ form remains sketchy and it is hard to see this being the type of venue where he suddenly rediscovers it. Fifth favourite Henrik Stenson (17/1) is another who regularly turns up to support this tournament, and who will be wanting to put up a good showing at Renaissance. With top 10s in his last two starts, including at Pebble Beach, he cannot be ruled out from challenging.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Headline Betting Tip
This week’s headline selection is at a bigger price than we normally find for the keynote tip, but I feel Robert MacIntyre is fully deserving of another run for our money following his 40th placed finish last week at Lahinch. As we stated last week, MacIntyre is yet to miss a cut and scored consecutive 2nd place finishes last month. Although his level has dropped slightly since then, his game remains in good shape and he was at the business end of the leaderboard last week before falling away; showing that he is equally as capable of excelling in this format.
In his native country, MacIntyre will be desperate to break his duck and I remain convinced that will happen at some point this year. I make the true price of the larger than life scotsman to be in the region of 30/1 so am happy to recommend the headline value with 2 points e/w at 80/1.
Other Golf Betting Tips
The next best selection this week is another Brit; England’s Eddie Pepperell. Pepperell has become one of the most consistent players on Tour, posting top 5s in two of his last 3 events, including a 4th place finish last week at Lahinch. Pepperell excels on these types of venues and will be looking to follow up last week’s impressive effort by contending both this week and next as he looks to join the likes of Rose and Poulter amongst England’s elite golfers.
Sometimes better known for his viral social media posts than winning golf tournaments, make no mistake Pepperell is the real deal, and a multiple winner in waiting. What he needs most is to develop that killer instinct that might have carried him past the likes of Rahm last week after he led early on the final day. I see that steel in Pepperell, and if it comes out this week he could be almost impossible to beat at Renaissance. I recommend 2 points e/w at 27/1.
South African Zander Lombard saw a somewhat unexpected return to form last week as he followed up a string of missed cuts with a 9th placed finish at Lahinch. Lombard is still young at 24, and has come close several times to winning, particularly in season opening tournaments in his native South Africa. Although yet to get over the line, he has a clear winners mentality, and is also an extremely accomplished links player; as are many South Africans. If Lombard is finding the type of form that he showed last week, then this venue should hold absolutely no fear for him, and three figure quotes do not reflect accurately his ability to contend this week. I shall therefore have 1 point e/w at 175/1.
The final selection this week is 26 year old Frenchman Victor Perez. Perez is another fairly strategic player who featured at the top of the leaderboard last week before slipping back to a rather unremarkable 61st place finish. That was his second consecutive made cut and Perez is quietly making a name for himself amongst some of the most respected golf analysts. The events earlier in the season that favoured the bigger hitters were not suitable for Perez, and it has understandably taken until this time of the season for him to begin showcasing his talents.
A win this week would be an undoubtedly tall order, but I can't overlook the place value and shall have 1 point e/w at 200/1.
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