The Scottish Open is a professional golf tournament in Scotland and is one of the European Tour's premier events.
The Scottish Open’s status as a premier event on the European Tour is evidenced by its inclusion in the eight tournaments wide Rolex Series since 2017, a move which raised the prize fund beyond £7 million. The event is played on a links course a week before the Open takes place, represents one of the last chances to qualify for the British major and, most importantly, gives punters the chance to place some exciting Scottish Open bets!
Table of Contents
- Best Betting Sites we recommend for the Golf Scottish Open
- Scottish Open 2020 Betting – Tips & Predictions – UPDATE
- Popular Scottish Open Betting Markets
- Scottish Open Tournament Structure
- History of the Scottish Open
- Past Winners of the Scottish Open
- Scottish Open Key Stats
- ThePuntersPage Final Say
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Scottish Open 2020 Betting – Tips & Predictions – UPDATE
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian, originally scheduled to take place in July, will now be played in early October, the European Tour have confirmed.
Popular Scottish Open Betting Markets
Over the years, bettors have typically found golf to be an excellent sport for wagering on with, a lot of profit-making potential. While betting on golf is not limited to the following, we have listed some popular ways to bet on golf, and in particular the Scottish Open, below.
Outright Tournament Winner
There is nothing complicated about this bet, the original outright winner. Put as simply as possible, you pick a player to win the Scottish Open, put some money on them to do exactly that and get paid as a winner if they deliver on your prediction. If they don’t, your bet is lost.
First Round Leader Betting
With a first round leader bet, you do not need to worry about how the rest of the tournament plays out because your bet only applies to day one, the Thursday. All your bet is concerned with is how well your pick does on that first day, because you have wagered that they will be on top of the leaderboard after the first round. If play concludes on Thursday and your pick is on top, you win.
Golf Match Bets
Golf match bets can apply to either the round or the tournament, and work as a kind of mini-battle between two golfers. Again, the rest of the tournament is irrelevant to this bet because this bet is only about which of these two players performed better of the two. If it was your pick that fared better, then your bet is a winner.
Winning Nationality Betting
For each of the golf tournaments that are in-play each week, bookmakers will open books on the top performers from each of the competing nationalities. There will be lists for the best performing Briton, Italian, Spaniard, etc as well as highest finishing European, Asian, etc. In golf, if you can name it, you can probably bet on it.
Scottish Open Tournament Structure
The Scottish Open is a four-day long, strokes play golf tournament that takes place annually in July at a predetermined golf venue in Scotland, UK. The winner will be announced on Sunday, which is the fourth day’s play after the event begins on Thursday. On each day, the players shoot 18 holes to build up the highest below par score.
After 36 holes, a cut is introduced to thin the field, losing around half of the entrants. By the time that 72 holes have been completed by all of the remaining players on the Sunday, the winner should have been established. Sometimes, the whole week’s play comes down to a draw, in which case a three-hole playoff is undertaken to split the tied players and establish a winner.
History of the Scottish Open
The Scottish Open was born at Downfield in Dundee in 1972 before moving to St Andrews for a year, after which it went on a twelve year hiatus and was not held again until 1986. It was at this point in time that the Haggs Castle in Glasgow hosted the the revived event, replacing the Glasgow Open. The world famous links at Gleneagles was home for eight successful years, before Carnoustie took over for another two.
In 1997, the Scottish Open again disappeared from the European Tour schedule due to funding problems, and was replaced by the one-year-old Loch Lomond World Invitational which had been moved from the autumn to fill the vacant slot the week before the Open Championship. In 2001, the Loch Lomond was renamed the Scottish Open and all previously staged events were hence reclassified as Scottish Open events.
This move led to a double winner for 1996 (one for each tourney), Denmark's Thomas Bjørn, who won the Loch Lomond and Wales' Ian Woosnam, who took down the actual Scottish Open. The Scottish Open was held at Loch Lomond until 2011, when the venue was changed to the Castle Stuart Golf Links before moving on again to Royal Aberdeen in 2014. Today, the event has no permanent residence.
Past Winners of the Scottish Open
|2018||Brandon Stone||South Africa|
|2015||Rickie Fowler||United States|
|2013||Phil Mickelson||United States|
|2008||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
|2005||Tim Clark||South Africa|
|2003||Ernie Els||South Africa|
|2001||Retief Goosen||South Africa|
|2000||Ernie Els||South Africa|
Scottish Open Key Stats
- South African professional golfer Brandon Stone posted the highest aggregate in Scottish Open history with his 2018 score of 260 in Gullane.
- Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and France’s Benjamin Hébert both shot a record −22 in 2019 to take the tournament into a playoff.
- The Scottish Open also features a 36-hole disability event that takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of the tournament.
🍒 Does the Scottish Open have a home venue?
No. It used to but doesn’t anymore.
🤔 When does the Scottish Open take place?
The Scottish Open takes place annually in July.
🏆 What is the weather like for The Scottish Open?
Although July is a summer month in the UK, Scotland is the northernmost part of the British isles and the weather can be cold and often wet.
🤠 Can players qualify for the Open Championship through this tournament?
Yes and, along with the John Deere Classic, it is their last chance to do so.
❌ Can I bet on a hole-in-one happening at the Scottish Open?
Yes, you can. The last player to do so was Bradley Dredge, who won a brand new BMW X7 after hitting a hole in one in 2019.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
The Scottish Open might not be as old and traditional as people expect it to be, but it is still a wonderful event on the European Tour and leads the season into the British Open Championships.
The prize money for the event remains upwards of £7 million, thanks to the tournament being counted as one of eight stops of the Rolex Series, along with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Italian Open, the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship.
The Scottish Open also represents one of two final opportunities to win participation in the British Open Championships, which makes this a highly sought-after title and one that all golf fans and bettors look forward to.