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For those of you who don't know Ryan Fox is the son of former All Black legendary out half Grant Fox so when junior and Dean Burmester took part in a Rugby Golf Challenge at the Scottish Open it has to be worth a look!

Here's the link to the video. There is no God damn embed code.

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Carnoustie or "Carnasty" hosts the 2018 Open Championship next week and here's an excellent course preview from Golfing World with interviews from greenkeepers.

Carnoustie is ready.

When Paul Lawrie won there in 1999, the winning score was +6.  And then of course this happened.

Padraig Harrington's winning score was -7.  He came from six behind on Sunday and beat Sergio in a playoff.

I cannot wait!

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Love this video in which, a clearly at ease Tiger Woods, explains how he does his club twirl.

Related post: 2018 Scottish Open Betting Preview and Expert Tips

I've no idea as to the location or origin other than spotting Ahmad Rashad at the end of it. But isn't it just great to see Tiger smiling!

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Phil Mickelson really needs the people to fall in love with him again, but just now it's not going well.  After blatantly flouting the rules of golf (cheating) at The US Open, the "people's champion" blanked reporters ahead of the Scottish Open.

Related post: 2018 Scottish Open Betting Preview and Expert Tips

Writing in the Heraldscotland Nick Rodger said
The battalion of scribblers joined up just off the practice putting green in an impressive pincer movement as Phil ambled off it but having been asked for a quick blether, the 2013 champion responded with a handshake, a smile and said: “Think I’ll pass on that.” It was one of the more polite “sod offs” we’ve had.

Phil is not due to give a press conference at any point this week either and Gaurdian golf writer James Corrigan kicked off a torrent of ill sentiment on Twitter.

Mickelson was involved in yet another rules incident at the Greenbrier, being assessed a two shot penalty for improving his lie.

Lets hope Leftie gets it right in the next fornight.

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2018 Scottish Open Betting Preview And Tips

July 12th – 15th, 2018
Gullane G.C., Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,133
Purse: $7 million with $1,166,660 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Favourite Discussion:

After a brilliant week in Ireland, the (also rotating) Scottish Open returns to Gullane which last hosted in 2015.  Winner then Rickie Fowler tops the betting at 10/1 alongside Justin Rose with  last week's champion Russell Know now 20/1.  Winning does take a mental toll but Knox still looks the value bet in the win-only market given his putting performance last week and the need to perform especially well with the flatstick to contend at Gullane.

As always however my strategy is Each-Way betting.
Last week: Russell Knox Winner 30/1, Andy Sullivan T6 28/1

Doc's Top 5 Scottish Open Each Way Bets

Tip 1: Raphael Jacquelin 125/1

Rapha is a smooth operator.

Not every course suits the smooth swinging Frenchman so he has to make hay while the sun shines as they say during this links stretch.  Really impressed me at Ballyliffin last week with a cerebral approach to hitting 56 greens in regulation to score a T10.  That's two Top-10's in his last four starts and Rapha has a rich Scottish Open pedigree including a T2 at this venue Gullane in 2015. (At time of writing Rapha is 125/1; I have people saying 'where do you get these odds' and what happens is the bookies trim them when my tips are published. So here's the ticker sheet with the odds below)

Tip 2: Tyrrell Hatton 20/1

Ricky's bro Tyrrell.

What a turnaround in form it has been for Tyrell.  After some early season scores in Dubai and Mexico he went through the horrors before class prevailed with a T6 at the US Open and T16 in France last time out.  T4 in this event and 2nd at Castle Stuart in 2016 and given Hatton has won the last two stagings of the Alfred Dunhill Links this is a no brainer for a man in form.

Tip 3: Andy Sullivan 28/1

Remember when Sully won the fake trip to space!!

Got to stick with Andy after he again scored a place reduction at the Irish Open with another T6 finish.  The anatomy of last week was a T2 in fairways hit and T5 in Greens In Regulation and while a hot putter might be more needed at Gullane I still think Sully has a chance. That's now Dubai, Morocco, Sicily, Italy, Germany AND Ireland where Andy has had top-10's so keep the faith. T9 last year at Dundonald and T6 in 2016 at Castle Stuart.

Tip 4: Ryan Fox 50/1

Bummer to have an All Black as a Dad!

Was absolutely sick that I left him off my betslip last week but the bludgeoning Kiwi gets the nod to come into the team for Scotland.  Foxy's tactic is clear; batter the ball as far as possible on links and see what happens. It worked in Ireland now two years in a row (lost a playoff to Russell Knox last week) and he'll have fond memories of a T4 at Dundonald last year also.

Tip 5:  Dylan Frittelli 66/1

No wimbledon this year for Dylan.

Erik Van Rooyen grabbed all the headlines at the Irish Open last week but it was another South African Dylan Fritteli that really impressed me.  A T14 there added to his T12 in France and I'm sure he'll give you a run for your money this week if backed.

Long Odds Glory Shots

I keep getting asked to expand this Long Odds section and there is a tonne of value here again this week.  Here's a few that caught my eye.

Joakim Lagergren 100/1
Didn't happen for Joakim in Ireland last week and maybe playing in the final group on Sunday took it's toll as he slipped to a T12 finish.  However for his first week back on links I was super impressed with the Swede and given he's been right up there also at the least three Dunhill Links Championships, he can continue to do well in Scotland this week.  Won in Sicily this year and could come good again.

Danny Willett 100/1
I simply cannot believe that the bookies have Danny at 100/1 this week after he added to his T8 in Italy with a T6 in Ballyliffin last week.  The comeback is complete; belief is there. 100/1 are some mighty odds.

Mathieu Pavon 150/1
Cameo's at the Irish Open with an opening pair of 68's but slipped to T10 by the finish.  Third at Dundonald last year and well worth plotting his progression this week.

David Drysdale (250/1)  and Marc Warren (200/1) are among the home players this week and are crazy long odds.  David battled his way his a T28 at Ballyliffin and Marc was T4 at Gullane the last time it staged in 2015

Here's the odds at time of writing using oddschecker (no affiliation)

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He's often criticised for his slow play but Greenbrier Classic winner Kevin Na is also one of the most likeable players on the PGA Tour.

At the end of his interview with Amanda Balionis Kevin asked to make some comments in his native Korean and my goodness were they heartfelt.  Here's just that portion of the interview.

In case you missed here are the highlights

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What an amazing four days the Irish Open was. An absolute dream come true for all concerned in beautiful Ballyliffin and a dramatic finish fitting of the occasion.

Here's some alternate views of the winning putt.

Funny moment of the week was Knox trying and failing to throw away his apple!

There are a couple of great videos of Russell singing with the greenkeepers after. Head greenkeeper Andy Robertson is also a Scot!

I was busy on Twitter too yesterday. Mainly highlighting the fact that I tipped the winner!

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Easily the comedy highlight of the week at the Irish Open is the parody Padraig Harrington aftershave commercial.

Produced by master Harrington voice impersonator Steven Connolly, the commercial parodies the recent "scent" released by Darren Clarke.

Everybody thought it was real!


So impressed was Harrington himself that he tweeted out the video.

Here's it is....introducing "Compliance".....the scent of correctness!

and on Twitter

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Busy first day of the 2018 Irish Open in Ballyliffin and I headed out with the Jon Rahm, GMac and Rafa group in perfect conditions.

It was a case of "if you keep it in the fairway you can score well" but if you miss it, it's Russian roulette in the rough.

Jon Rahm whacks the rough in anger after fluffing his chip. Video below.
Scoring in the group was surprisingly modest but I did get a fascinating insight from Jon and his caddie Adam Hayes into the meticulous preparation that goes into every shot.

About a two minute discussion went into this one.

But no matter how much you talk, sometimes there's just no way to figure out the Ballyliffin rough! This was painful.

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Here's my 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open annual course run.

Featuring GMac, Richard Sterne, Thomas Detry, Romain Wattel, Greg Havret, Dunners, Steven Gallacher and lots of staff and helpers around Ballyliffin Golf Club. Apologies for the sound in places but it's windy here!

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Padraig Harrington received the award of honorary Jedi Master at Ballyliffin Golf Club yesterday ahead of the 2018 Irish Open.

With his new rank within the Jedi Order Harrington joins former famous inductees such as Yoda,  Mace Windu, Shaak Ti and Sheev Palpatine.

A clearly elated Padraig Harrington receiving his Jedi Master scroll from Supreme Chancellor John Farren and a captured Stormtrooper.

The order was made by Supreme Chancellor John Farren ruler of Ballyliffin Golf Club where Star Wars is filmed.

With the new rank Harrington gets a jewel encrusted lightsabre, a seat on the Jedi High Council and the right to graze his sheep on a Death Star.

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2018 Irish Open Betting Preview And Tips

July 5th – 8th, 2018
Ballyliffin G.C., Co. Donegal, Northern Ireland
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,462
Defending Champion: Jon Rahm

2018 Irish Open Betting Tips

This week's betting tips come live from the range at the 2018 Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club, part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour.  After four payouts in a row, we are looking to keep the good run going.


Favourite Watch

I recognise there are some of you out there brave enough to place a win-only bet pre tournament and while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm already duelling it out for the favourites tag at 7/1, my advice is to wait at least until Thursday or Friday before placing your on the nose bet. As always though I'm looking for each way value and we are coming off four payouts in a row so the formula does work!

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets

Tip 1: Rafa Cabrera Bello 20/1 now 18/1

The good thing about Rors and Rahm occupying the bookies attention is that Rafa Cabrera Bello has gone completely under the radar at 20/1.  He's out at those odds after missing the cut in Paris last week but Rafa is having a brilliant season on the whole and it's worth remembering that he has four top-8 finishes in Ireland since 2012 including a T2 on links in Portrush and a T4 at Royal County Down. With conditions set bright and sunny he should be in the mix.

Tip 2: Russell Knox 30/1 now 22/1

I tipped Russell each way last week at 50/1 and he paid out big with a T2 finish so it makes perfect sense to keep him on the betslip this week from a still generous 30/1.  As I said last week Russell's form has been improving from the Byron Nelson to Fort Worth, then there was a brilliant T12 at Shinnecock in the US Open and of course that stunning Sunday 65 at Le Golf National last week.  AND as if that is not enough…the last time he played the Irish Open in 2016 he was T2 behind Rory McIlroy.  Confidence will be super high, he's playing great, he'll be there again this week.

Tip 3: Andy Sullivan 30/1

I'm going to stick with Andy also this week from around the 30/1 mark.  Stumbled in the second round in Paris last week with a 75 but rallied with a 68 on Sunday for a T21 finish.  Sully has had a super solid year to date without really breaking through but he's had top-10's in Dubai, Morocco, Sicily, Italy and Germany, he's 27th in Race To Dubai, his stroke average is two shots better than 2017 (the best on the European Tour) and a win has to be coming soon.  Now the Irish Open hasn't been his best event but he was T6 at Royal County Down in 2015 and I fancy Andy to score a good finish this week.

Tip 4: Chris Wood 40/1

Looking down the odds I see Chris Wood at 40/1 and he's coming in off a T2 in France where he hit 50 greens in regulation and scored a clip of T14 in putting.  Chris has been improving since Wentworth and having contended in Paris he will be full of confidence on this firm fast links at Ballyliffin. He's had four career top 20's finishes at the Irish Open, we know from British Opens that he can handle links, and I think he can contend.

Tip 5: Matthew Southgate 100/1 now 40/1

Has to be the best value tip of the week.  Solo fourth at the K Club in 2016 and T2 behind Jon Rahm last year in Portstewart and Matthew comes in on the back of a T5 finish in Paris where he hit 55 greens in regulation and shot a 65 on Sunday. And he's a gent!  Well worth an each way flutter.

Long Odds Glory Shots

David Drysdale is 250/1 and he loves the Irish Open, especially when staged on links.  Shot a course record 63 at Portstewart last year to jump up into a T4 finish and was T7 on the links at Portrush in 2012. He was on the range with his wife Vicky testing some clubs yesterday so best of luck to them.

Another Scot who loves the links and the Irish Open is Richie Ramsay and he is at 150/1.  He tied 2nd at Portstewart and was T10 at Royal County Down so it might be worth charting his progress as the tournament progresses.

It promises to be a great Irish Open, the course in Ballyliffin is terrific and with the Sun set to shine throughout it could be a classic!

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Excitement is building here in Ballyliffin ahead of the 2018 Irish Open where Rory McIlroy headlines.

Rory's last visit to the venue was in 2011, for an Oakley photoshoot, just three days after winning the US Open.

Oh dear that's a bit tight. We made need to cut that!
I was also lucky enough to be there on that day where we witnessed all sorts of shenanigans from t-shirts too tight on Rory they needed to be cut up the back to two quite incredible chip ins.

Here's the story of that day in the words of Ballyliffin Golf Club director of golf John Farren, head professional Gareth McCausland and myself.

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Sporting a new TaylorMade Ardmore mallet putter Tiger Woods posted a solo fourth at the Quicken Loans National but a look through his stats still leave cause for concern.

Tiger. Game is there but putting inside 10 feet still jittery.

Woods finished at 11 under at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm 10 shots back of runaway winner Francesco Molinari even though the pair both had 21 birdies.

“I've hit the ball well in this stretch, I just haven't made anything," Woods said after. "And finally I'm starting to hit some putts, I'm starting to make those putts you're supposed to make from 10, 15 feet, but I'm also making some from outside 20,” Woods said.

“I haven't done that for the better part of two months. So that was nice to make over 100 foot of putts twice this week. That's a positive sign.”

But not all that positive.

For the week Woods missed 13 times from inside 10 feet, dead last in the stats of those who played all four days.

He did however only need a total of 107 putts for the tournament, T7 in the stats.  He was also T7 in the greens in regulation stats, hitting 53 greens.

Once those putts drop, Tiger will be winning again.  Of that nobody is in doubt.

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Joel Dahmen took to Twitter in protest after the Quicken Loans National when officials refused to entertain his assertion that playing partner Sung Kang cheated on the 10th hole.

So sure was Dahmen that Kang had wilfully taken a drop from the wrong place after hitting into a hazard on the par-5 10th he refused to play on until officials were called.

The whole situation resulted in play being held up 25 minutes and the group behind being called through.

Kang went on to record a par five at the hole and then rallied to finish in solo third on 12 under beating Tiger Woods by a shot.

Dahmen only had twitter left to turn to.

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There's a full video of the tributes at Peter Thomson's memorial on YouTube but even the first minutes when his son Andrew tells about bringing the Claret Jug to school is good stuff!

This is impressive from GolfStarz even if the guy sitting on the ground is not!

Ah yes we have one of these too!

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