The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open makes its second visit to the Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, three years after Rickie Fowler won the first edition to be staged at this venue. The course in use for The Scottish Open 2018 is a composite of holes from the No.1 and No.2 courses and provides fabulous views across the Firth of Forth. Pot bunkers and wispy rough are the most significant hazards while the par five third hole is renowned as one of the finest in Links golf. The defending champion is Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who won at Dundonald last year, while other recent winners of this tournament include Alex Noren, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.
The Scottish Open 2018 Favourites
Most bookmakers rate the 2014 champion Rose as the favourite for this tournament as he makes his first appearance since sharing 10th place at the US Open. Rose, who won the Fort Worth Invitational at the end of May, is at best price of 10/1* with Ladbrokes. Fowler is available at 10/1* across the board and after that, there is a leap to Masters champion Patrick Reed, at 18/1* with Bet365. Tyrrell Hatton, who ended a run of three missed cuts when he finished sixth at the US Open, is at 20/1* with Betfred, while Bet365 and Paddy Power offer the same price about both Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox, the winner of last week’s Irish Open.
The Scottish Open 2018 Tips
Ross Fisher has a decent record in links golf, finishing second at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on three separate occasions, including each of the last two years. He shared seventh place the last time this tournament visited Gullane and, although his recent form hasn’t been great, he was eighth in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth at the end of May. At 66/1* with Ladbrokes and Betfred he looks a good each-way pick.
Matthew Fitzpatrick looked as if he was building up to a big performance before a disappointing display at last week’s Irish Open, but let’s hope that was just a blip as he looks to get back to the sort of form that saw him finish 12th at the US Open and eighth at Wentworth. A four-time winner on the European Tour, including last season’s European Masters, the world number 39 deserves to be a little shorter than the 50/1* on offer with Bet365.
Chris Wood’s game looks to have improved significantly over the last six weeks and he appears to be over the dip in form that saw him slip to 136th in the world rankings in early May. After three solid performances from the PGA Championship to the BMW International Open he finished second at the Open de France, and he looked in decent nick again in County Donegal over the weekend, where he shared 14th place. Bet365 and Betfred are both offering 45/1*.
(*All odds subject to change)