2011 Betting Preview and Tips
Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Mark Foster who tied second in Paris at 65/1. A tenner each way bet paid out €172.50. We also tipped Nick Watney on the US Tour at 15/1.
The Barclays Scottish Open, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland 07 Jul 2011 - 10 Jul 2011
Early odds from betfair
Graeme McDowell 25/1
With Martin Kaymer now not participating, our next best of the big guns at Castle Stuart is Graeme McDowell. With the burden of being a “Mejor Chompion” now lifted off his shoulders, we may just see a new GMac in Castle Stuart this week. A links course set up for birdies and a player with a game designed exactly for that; this could be a match made in heaven. And GMac won the week before the Open in Loch Lomond in 2008.
Richie Ramsay 85/1
Of the home players I like the form of Richie Ramsay at 85/1 on the exchanges. Tied fifth in Paris last week but he will know it could have been so much better but for a final round 76. Finished the week number one in the greens in regulation stats, possible the best indicator of form heading to Castle Stuart, a virgin Tour layout. Ramsay has a bit of pedigree on links in the past too, coming close at the Alfred Dunhill Links two years ago.
Gregory Havret 130/1
The French seem to have a knack of playing well in Scotland and one man I know who loves the place is Gregory Havret. Two of three wins on Tour have come in Scotland, at Loch Lomond in 2007 and at Gleneagles in 2008. Made his first appearance since the US Open last week finishing 21st but this week could be more fruitful. Second to GMac at Pebble Beach last year says there’s a bit of links in him too.
Darren Clarke 90/1
If the Barclays Scottish Open owes one player in the field some justice, it’s Darren Clarke. Some shennanigans involving raingear and hitting underwater balls resulted in a three shot swing in the final round at Loch Lomond last year, handing the crown to Edoardo Molinari. Big D, missed the cut in Paris finishing 84th but hey, he did the exact same thing last year! A links expert, this Castle Stuart layout may just given Darren his second win of the season. No one deserves it more.
Johan Edfors 110/1
I was very impressed with Johan’s final round of 67 at Congressional which earned him a much deserved top 20 finish. The stylish Swede is always on my shortlist for Scottish tournaments, he won in Loch Lomond in 2006, but not since. Five top 10’s on Tour already this season and a strong links player with solid Dunhill Links and Baltray performances in the past. May be a decent each way look.