Scottish Open Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 11th July 2019

The build up to the Open Championship continues apace this week. Following another excellent renewal of the Irish Open at Lahinch it’s time for the European Tour to head to the Renaissance Club for the Scottish Open.

As is traditional for the event before the Open, some big names from the PGA Tour will join European Tour stalwarts to sharpen their links game. That’s given us a strong field to enjoy which includes 2015 champion, Rickie Fowler. He has played some very good golf this season and is ready to wow the Scottish galleries again with another strong challenge for the Scottish Open at 14/1 with Betfair.

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Rickie Fowler @ 14/1

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Course Info

The Scottish Open is a nomadic tournament, moving around some of the best links courses that Scotland has to offer. It breaks new ground this year with a first visit to the Renaissance club in North Berwick. A new course always provides challenges for both players and punters but that difficulty is lessened rather given that we know it must be a true test of links to host this tournament.

Opened in 2008, the Renaissance Club lacks the lived in feel of so many of the world class links courses in this part of the world. The course designers did all they could to make it fit the bill with deep bunkers, run off areas around the green and the use of the natural gorse but there is no doubt it looks and feels different to the more historical tracks that have hosted the Scottish Open over the years.

Although it’s always a big ask for a course to host a selection of the world’s best golfers, the Renaissance Club has been very well received since it opened. It will be very interesting to see how difficult the organisers can (and want to) make the course play by tucking flags and speeding up the greens. They also have the option to push the tees back to make the course play longer than its official yardage of 7,136.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
The Renaissance Club North Berwick, Scotland 7,136 Yards $7,000,000

Recent Winners

The quality of the field that is always assembled for the Scottish Open and the difficulty of the links courses that the event visits has led to a very high class list of recent winners. The last five winners includes major champions, Ryder Cup stars and players with previous strong form on links courses. It’s that links pedigree that punters should be prioritising in their search for winning bet for this year’s edition.

YearWinnerCourseTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Brandon Stone Gullane -20 4 Strokes
2017 Rafael Cabrera-Bello Dundonald Links -13 Playoff
2016 Alexander Noren Castle Stuart -14 1 Stroke
2015 Rickie Fowler Gullane -12 1 Stroke
2014 Justin Rose Royal Aberdeen -16 2 Strokes

Analysis: High Class Links Players to Come to the Fore

A selection of the best players in the world have used the Scottish Open as a chance to warm up for the Open but this is a very big tournament in its own right. It’s a Rolex Series event with a big prize fund and lots of important world ranking points up for grabs so even the highest ranked players in the field will be taking it incredibly seriously.

That suggests we should be in line for another high class winner but only if they have a proven links golf ability. Justin Thomas, for example, is good enough to beat everybody in the field on his day but has yet to show he can do it on this sort of course so is not one to support.

Fowler to Relish the Change in Scenery

Rickie Fowler is a regular competitor in the Scottish Open. The popular American believes in the importance of playing competitive links golf ahead of the Open and his performances in Scotland have propelled him towards some strong challenges for the Claret Jug.

As a former champion, Fowler has very good memories of this tournament. He enjoys playing in front of the knowledgeable Scottish galleries and the challenges posed by links golf. Having grown up playing a lot of golf in the wind, Fowler can cope when conditions get tricky and he has an excellent short game in terms of technique and imagination.

It’s been a decent season already for Fowler. The highlight was his Phoenix Open win and the top 10 finish at the Masters but he is very keen for even better. He has a real chance of contending at Royal Portrush next week and can head to Northern Ireland on the back of a win.

Hatton to Make the Most of Weekend Off

It doesn’t take much to frustrate Tyrrell Hatton on the golf course. The Englishman has been the subject of some ridicule for displays of petulance over the years but his supporters say it is just a reflection of how much of a competitor he is. Hatton has certainly built on his competitive spirit to forge a successful career which includes some brilliant results on link golf courses.

Hatton’s record in Scotland stands up to almost everybody else in the field this week. He’ll be especially keen to get going at the Renaissance Club after missing the cut at Lahinch last week and could just bounce back in top class style by challenging for the Scottish Open title at 33/1 with bet365.

Final Verdict: Rickie Fowler to win

Rickie Fowler doesn’t have quite as much links golf experience as many of the British and Irish golfers in the field for the Scottish Open but that hasn’t held him back previously. He relishes the sort of challenges he’ll face this week and could well get his hands on this trophy for the second time at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.

About

The Scottish Open is an integral part of the European Tour for a number of reasons. The first one is that is that it's the last qualifying tournament for The Open the following week, running alongside that of the John Deere Classic in the US as part of the PGA Tour.

It's also now a huge tournament in its own right as it becomes a part of the Rolex Series on tour, taking prizemoney up to €7million. The event often gets bumper fields as players take the chance to hone their links-based golf skills before The Open. Often players from the PGA Tour will feature, generally as sponsor's exemptions, but a more international field will be tough to find on the European Tour.

The event has been taking place since 1935, although after 1936 it didn't feature again until 1972, the same year that the European Tour was formed. It had another hiatus in 1974 and took 11 years to come back on tour. But, from 1986, the Scottish Open has been a firm fixture and popular one at that that.

Just like traditional Open championships, the courses that host the event will vary and move around each year. Some of the more notable hosts have included Castle Stuart Golf Links, Gullane Golf Club, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and Loch Lomond.

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