We don’t know yet if the Scottish Championship will return next year on the European Tour schedule. But it’s here now as part of the reimagined slate to complete a second UK Swing. The inaugural event takes place at Fairmont St. Andrews just a stone’s throw from the Old Course, and is a modern links test. A strong Scottish contingent litters the field, including the most recent Scot to win on Tour, Marc Warren. Robert MacIntyre is the highest ranked Scottish player in the field. Englishmen Matt Wallace and Lee Westwood hold down the top spots on the odds board in what is a strong field. And that presents a number of wagering opportunities for tournament matchups. Visit BookMaker.eu for updated matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Scottish Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Dale Whitnell -124 vs. Aaron Cockerill -106
Scott Jamieson -112 vs. Padraig Harrington -118
Adrien Saddier -108 vs. Ewen Ferguson -122
Chris Paisley -149 vs. Alejandro Canizares +119
Callum Shinkwin -140 vs. Wade Ormsby +110
Scott Hend +103 vs. Ben Stow -133
Rikard Karlberg -123 vs. Adrian Meronk -107
Jamie Donaldson +124 vs. Grant Forrest -156
Martin Simonsen +115 vs. James Morrison -145
Dean Burmester -170 vs. Marc Warren +135
Craig Howie +108 vs. Oscar Lengden -138
Shubhankar Sharma +105 vs. Sebastian Soderberg -135
Calum Hill -101 vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat -129
Brandon Stone -116 vs. Masahiro Kawamura -114
Matt Wallace -130 vs. Aaron Rai +100
Jack Senior -127 vs. Clement Sordet -103
Adrian Otaegui -170 vs. Minwoo Lee +135
Jake McLeod +101 vs. Toby Tree -131
Marcus Armitage -105 vs. Wil Besseling -125
Gavin Green -140 vs. Matthew Jordan +110
Aaron Rai -123 vs. Eddie Pepperell -107
Lee Westwood -129 vs. Aaron Rai -101
Matthew Jordan +108 vs. Connor Syme -138
Richie Ramsay -150 vs. Sean Crocker +120
Robert MacIntyre -102 vs. Renato Paratore -128
Justin Harding +124 vs. Paul Waring -155
Matthew Southgate -134 vs. Masahiro Kawamura +104
Matt Wallace -116 vs. Lee Westwood -114
Lee Westwood -137 vs. Eddie Pepperell +107
Brandon Stone +113 vs. Matthew Southgate -143
Matt Wallace -136 vs. Eddie Pepperell +106
Gavin Green -116 vs. Connor Syme -114
Sam Horsfield +123 vs. Renato Paratore -154
Robert MacIntyre -136 vs. Sam Horsfield +106
Need to Know
Previous links experience is a plus but not a prerequisite on the Torrance Course at Fairmont St. Andrews. Stretched to 7,230 yards at par 72, the venue hosts a major Tour event for the first time and boasts all the characteristics of a links-designed course with gusty coastal winds, open fairways and deep bunkers. The course hosted the Scottish Senior Open from 2009-2014 with a wide range of winning scores, showing just how unpredictable the elements can be. Ball striking and wind management will be crucial on a course many in this week’s field have never played. One other thing for golfers to deal with are boundary walls, a historical aspect of the land that was incorporated into the design of the course.
Scottish Championship Matchup Picks
Marc Warren +135 vs. Dean Burmester
I’m betting on Warren to have a bounce back effort after his MC at Wentworth. He came so close to winning the Scottish Open bogeying the final hole to drop to T4 when a birdie would have forced a playoff. And that came after a MC at the Irish Open. Despite that he showed his ability to perform well on home soil and he’s a strong player on links courses. I also like the price in this matchup which I’ll happily take.
Connor Syme -114 vs. Gavin Green
It really isn’t a coincidence that I’m backing Scots in several of these matchups. Playing a new venue leaves many in the field at disadvantage so why not play guys who know the layout? That’s not the only reason I’m looking at Syme. He’s also performed well over the last year or so and recently had a stretch of three top-10s to qualify for the U.S. Open. He missed the cut at Winged Foot but called it a learning experience. He played the weekend in five straight starts before the U.S. Open and showed signs the game is returning with a nice start at the Scottish Open before settling for a T48.
Matthew Southgate -134 vs. Masahiro Kawamura
Another strong links player, Southgate is due for a win in Scotland after several close calls. Of course the trophies aren’t handed out based on previous results and the Englishman does have to perform, but he showed he can do that, and we don’t need him to topple the field, just his matchup partner. Success in Scotland started as an amateur with a win at the Old Course. He was one-shot off the pace at the Dunhill Links Championship last year and grabbed a T10 with a strong close at the Scottish Open two weeks ago.
Eddie Pepperell -107 vs. Aaron Rai
Take a player on a run of form with a strong links background and you have a sure bet. That’s what Pepperell adds up to this week. Winged Foot gobbled him up a few weeks ago, but Pepperell responded with a T9 at the Scottish Open and solo six at Wentworth. He’s never won on a links course but there are several top-10 showings that give me confidence he can take down the Scottish Open champ in this head-to-head.
Wade Ormsby +110 vs. Callum Shinkwin
Backing Ormsby is a gamble since he’s been erratic since the restart. However, his last visit to Scotland produced a top-20 finish and if not for a closing breakdown it could have been better. He played the weekend at Wentworth before another poor finish cost him. I do like that he’s playing four rounds and his strong putting and wedge play will work in his favor this week.
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