Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bernd Wiesberger (ew)Tournament Winner33/1BetVictor
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James
Paul Lawrie (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor, Betfred, Sky Bet
Chris Doak (ew)Tournament Winner350/1Stan James

Venues

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played across three famous old courses in Scotland in St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and has been won in past years by some great Links players – notably Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington, Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie. Martin Kaymer won this event five years ago and the defending champion is Oliver Wilson, whose victory last year came out of the blue. Wilson has reverted to his previous form, making no impact whatsoever on the European Tour this year. Each player plays a round at each of the three courses before a 54-hole cut, after which the final round is played at St Andrews. The format is pro-am, so if you plan to watch it on Sky Sports be prepared to be irritated by the sight of bankers, Hollywood A-Listers, sports stars and musicians hacking around and, in the case of Shane Warne no doubt, bantering with the crowd.

Favourites

It’s a fairly open field and the market leader is Kaymer, who can be backed at best odds of 16/1 with both Betfred and Paddy Power. Another former winner, Branden Grace, will be a popular selection at 18/1 with Paddy Power, while Danny Willett is the leading Englishman in the field and is priced generally at 20/1. Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry, Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald are also among the favourites, while there are plenty of other big names in attendance, such as Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Joost Luiten and Harrington. Most bookmakers are offering 6 places for each-way bets for this event, although Coral and William Hill offer just 5.

Tips

Bernd WiesbergerBERND WIESBERGER‘s form has dipped a little since his victory at the Open de France in the summer and he didn’t particularly impress at the Open at St Andrews. However, he was second in the Irish Open – another Links event – and he has got to grips with this tournament on his last two visits, finished just outside the top 10 on each occasion. The Austrian is seventh on the Race to Dubai and BetVictor offer a stand-out price of 33/1.

Tommy FleetwoodTOMMY FLEETWOOD has been one of the stars of this tournament over the last four years, placing fifth twice and then being runner-up 12 months ago. He is 61-under-par for his four appearances at this event, underlining his liking for these three courses. The Englishman was in dazzling form in the early part of the summer and will need to recapture that to go close here, but he still looks a good bet at best odds of 50/1 with Stan James.

Paul LawrieWith top 10 finishes in each of his last two events, PAUL LAWRIE is back in the groove and he will return to his native Scotland in confident mood. He threatened to record the first 59 in European Tour history before carding a brilliant opening 61 in the KLM Open earlier in the month and although it’s 14 years since he won this event, he’s well equipped to mount another challenge. BetfredSky Bet and BetVictor all offer 80/1 with those 6 places.

Chris DoakCHRIS DOAK tends not to be competitive for much of the season, but this is the Scot’s natural environment and he has proved it by finishing 20th and then fifth on his last two visits – with a 6-under par 66 on the Old Course on Sunday last year. He’s an outsider, but one worth following at a big each-way price. Stan James are quoting 350/1, with those 6 places – which certainly compares favourably with the 150/1 and 5 places offered by William Hill.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bernd Wiesberger (ew)Tournament Winner33/1BetVictor
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Stan James
Paul Lawrie (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor, Betfred, Sky Bet
Chris Doak (ew)Tournament Winner350/1Stan James