2019 Scottish Open Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

2019 Scottish Open Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Golf specialist Rob Taylor (@RobTaylorSport) previews The Scottish Open and provides us with his best bets for this week’s event.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +42.8pts

2019 Scottish Open Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th
  • Venue: The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
  • Channel: Sky Sports Golf

After a week off, where Jon Rahm and Matthew Wolff won either side of the Atlantic, I’m back with a preview of this week’s Scottish Open.

The Irish Open last week and the Scottish Open this week, provide the perfect hors d’oeuvres to next week’s main event, The Open Championship from Portrush. The traditional warm up for The Open is a stellar event in itself, and whilst it’s the first time that it has been played here at The Renaissance Club, players will be looking to hone their links play ahead of the final major championship of the year next week.

Whilst there is also a PGA Tour event in America this week, in the John Deere Classic, the Scottish Open is the big draw, which you can see from the amount of leading American names that have made the trip.

A completely different style of golf to what the players are used to most weeks, Links golf gets both fans and players excited as it takes us back to how golf is at its purist; firm, fast, undulating fairways, pot bunkers, large greens with sloping run off areas, and a unpredictable weather forecast that can switch at any time.

Rory McIlroy heads the field with Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson also headlining. Brandon Stone is the defending champion.

Key Stats & Facts

The Renaissance Club is another in the plethora of links style track on the famous North Berwick coastline, which also includes Muirfield. A 7,136 yard par 71 course designed by Tom Doak, the course provides a stunning backdrop to the event this year.

With little course form to go for, a pedigree on links and links style courses will be imperative this week. The weather has been wet in this area of Scotland recently, so softer conditions and thicker rough, will give the players a fair challenge this week, even if the wind doesn’t get up.

As always on links style courses, creativity in shot making, around the greens and controlling the ball well in any weather conditions could be the key to success this week.

Recent winners of the Scottish Open

  1. 2018: Brandon Stone 400/1
  2. 2017: Rafa Cabrera-Bello 50/1
  3. 2016: Alex Noren 50/1
  4. 2015: Rickie Fowler 22/1
  5. 2014: Justin Rose 14/1
  6. 2013: Phil Mickelson 22/1
  7. 2012: Jeev Milkha Singh 100/1
  8. 2011: Luke Donald 10/1

Betting Odds – the top 10 in the market (Paddy Power and Sky Bet – paying 8 places)

  • Rory McIlroy 6/1
  • Justin Thomas 14/1
  • Rickie Fowler 14/1
  • Matt Kuchar 18/1
  • Henrik Stenson 20/1
  • Rafa Cabrero-Bello 28/1
  • Tyrell Hatton 28/1
  • Matt Fitzpatrick 28/1
  • Matt Wallace 28/1
  • Eddie Pepperrell 30/1 

The Verdict

With McIlroy a deserving 6/1 favourite, it’s clear that if weather conditions are calm, Rory could win this event at a canter. However with a major championship on the horizon next week, I’m picking a team of players who have shown a love for the test of links golf at very appealing each way prices.

  1. Eddie Pepperrell 30/1

Pepperrell has to be on the shortlist for any links challenge. He’s spoken many times of how much he enjoys it. After some rest through injury, he came back as a force last week at the Irish Open finishing tied 4th. This followed up a 2nd at The British Masters and a run of results in 2018 that catapulted him back to the top echelons on world golf. Eddie was winner of both the British and Qatar Masters, 6th in last year’s Open Championship and 2nd in the Scottish Open. He is a serious contender here this week.

  1. Erik Van Rooyen 45/1

I’ll forgive Van Rooyen’s missed cut in Ireland last week, as his price has risen to a very backable level in this field. Known for his love of the links style of golf, the South African has had a very impressive 12 months; 8th in this year’s PGA Championship and 17th in last year’s Open Championship, demonstrate that he can handle the big occasion. An excellent driver of the ball, Van Rooyen has all the skill set to challenge this week.

  1. Jorge Campillo 50/1

Having picked up his maiden win at this year’s Trophee Hassan, Campillo has had a magnificent 2019 so far. He has had 4 other top 5 finishes and came tied 7th at last week’s Irish Open. He sits 7th in greens in regulation and 3rd in strokes gained putting; his game is certainly on point. The Spaniard has got a decent record on similar links style tracks, finishing 8th at this event in 2016. Campillo looks a very appealing price this week given his success this year.

  1. Oliver Wilson 100/1

I’ll finish my selections with a slightly speculative punt on Oliver Wilson. Winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2014, demonstrates that he loves this kind of challenge and after a barren spell, he has had a run of results this year which suggest he’s a cracking each way shout. 4th in the Made in Denmark, 8th at the British Masters and 2nd in Qatar are very decent returns, and after a very good first three days in Ireland last week, his 70 on Sunday, saw him drift back to a very respectable 19thplace.

Recommended Bets (Paddy Power)

  • Eddie Pepperrell 30/1 – 1pt Each Way
  • Erik Van Rooyen 45/1 – 1pt Each Way
  • Jorge Campillo 50/1 – 1pt Each Way
  • Oliver Wilson 100/1 1/2 pt Each Way