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Scottish Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Ryan Fox (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Paddy Power, Coral, Betfair

Venue

Having been staged at Castle Stuart for 4 of the last 7 years, the Scottish Open 2017 will take place at Dundonald Links for the first time. At 7,100 yards, the course is the same length as Portstewart, host to last week’s Irish Open, and is typical of the links courses on the Ayrshire coast. With undulating greens, sand dunes and pot bunkers for protection it could be a tough test if the forecast for wet and increasingly windy weather proves accurate. Sweden’s Alex Noren took the title last year – succeeding Rickie Fowler. Previously, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson were winners of this event, with Mickelson also going on to win The Open Championship after his 2013 success.

Favourites

As Rory McIlroy struggles to find his best form it is the 2015 winner Rickie Fowler who heads the betting in a strong field. The American, who won the Honda Classic in February, is 8/1 across the board, but with Paddy PowerCoral and Betfair offering 7 places for each-way bets. McIlroy is 12/1 at Sky Bet (6 places) after missing the cut at last week’s Irish Open. Open champion Henrik Stenson is a 16/1 shot with Coral, with Noren 18/1 with Paddy Power as he looks for back-to-back titles at this event. Adam Scott is a 20/1 chance with Bet365, while the American Ryder Cup stars Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed are both available at 22/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair.

Tips

Ross FisherROSS FISHER moved into the world’s top 20 when he won this event in 2010 – and although he didn’t push on from there, he remains a consistent performer and he has hovered around the mid 40s in the rankings for much of this year. Four top 10s in his last seven starts have helped, including a share of seventh place on his last outing at the French Open. Most bookmakers go 33/1, but Coral are offering 40/1 with those 7 places for each-way bets.

Andy_Sullivan_GolfANDY SULLIVAN was one of our picks at last week’s Irish Open – and he continued his recent revival by finishing just inside of the top 20. The world number 70, who finished in sixth at this event last summer, was also eighth at the Nordea Masters and 13th at the French Open recently and he has not missed a cut in his last 10 starts. We’ll be following his fortunes once more at the same price of 40/1 with Coral, again with those extra places each-way.

Ryan-FoxIt’s hard to ignore the form of RYAN FOX, who after recording three successive places in the 20s went to Le Golf National and finished sixth at the French Open, before showing his liking for links golf by tying for fourth place at Portstewart last week. There aren’t many players around in better form than the New Zealander right now, and he looks a solid each-way pick at the best price of 80/1, with Paddy Power, Betfair and Coral again.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Ryan Fox (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Paddy Power, Betfair, Coral