2016 Dunhill Links Championship Betting Preview And Tips

October 6th – 9th, 2016
Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns
Purse: $5.45 million with $771,720 to the winner
Defending Champion: Thorbjorn Olesen 
Louis Oosthuizen heads my 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Betting tips

After all the drama of the Ryder Cup it’s back to business with the bobble hats and billionaires at the Dunhill Links in Scotland this week.  And of course the celebrities and businessmen who play with them!

Doc’s Top Five Best Bets

Louis Oosthuizen  16/1

Whenever I see Louis on the entry list to play some links golf I sit up and take notice.  The 2010 Open Champion at St Andrews has had some good finishes here in the Autumn since with a T5 in 2011 and T6 in 2014 and loves seaside golf.  Form wise Louis has been within touching distance of a victory on the PGA Tour of late with four consecutive top-20’s and his putting stats are top drawer. Has to be on your betslip this week.

Alex Noren 22/1

Lots of should’ve would’ve could’ve following the Ryder Cup but I would have liked to have seen Alex Noren on our team.  Winner of the Scottish Open, finalist at the Paul Lawrie matchplay and winner again in Crans Montana the Swede has had a brilliant year.  Hasn’t played the Dunhill Links for a couple of years but was solo third here in 2012 and we know how much he loves links.

Bernd Wiesberger  20/1

If I had to pick one rookie now for the 2018 European Ryder Cup then Bernd would be it. The big Austrian comes in off a solo fifth at the European Open last time out and a solo second before that at the KLM Open in Holland.  Six of his last seven rounds have been in the sixties with a best of 63 in Round 1 in Germany.  After a couple of years of acclimatizing to links Bernd has gone T12, T14, T4 in his last three Dunhill Links and is poised to strike this week.

Tommy Fleetwood 33/1

We have tipped Tommy a couple of times recently and though he hasn’t quite made the podium, he’s been good value for money.  The T10 at the KLM, T7 in Italy and T13 last time at the European Open have all had one thing in common, excellent greens in regulation stats. Tommy just needs some putts to drop.  Loves this event and with three top fives from his last five visits including a T2 in 2014 behind Oliver Wilson.  There’s an extra incentive too; Fleetwood sits in the vital 60th spot in the Race to Dubai and will be looking to make the big money finals in November.

Robert Karlsson 66/1

Robert is a European Tour legend in my eyes and it’s great to see him playing good golf again.  The big Swede is now on a cut streak of five events including a T7 at the Czech Masters and T3 at the European Open last time out.  Regular readers know I always watch guys who blitz the par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s and Karlsson did exactly that in Germany (-3, -4, -9) so you have been warned.  Winner of this event in 2008 and T14 in 2014.  Expect tears if he wins.

Long Odds Glory

Paul Dunne 150/1

Came so close at St Andrews a couple of years ago at The Open but now has built up a bank of experience of Tour life which makes this return special and a little intriguing.  With three top-20’s in his last six starts Dunner now sits in 110th on the Race To Dubai with just four events to go before the Finals Series.  All to play for.

Chris Paisley 150/1

Going to give Chris Paisley another shout in this slot this week even though he missed the cut in Germany last time out.  T3 before that in Italy and I think he can score a good place here. T12 in 2013 here.

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