After not having a premiere Rolex Series event since January, the European Tour will play two in a row beginning Thursday with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. This week is a rarity in professional golf with the Euro Tour stealing the spotlight from the PGA Tour, which has its weekly competition in Jackson, Mississippi. The new spot on the calendar has affected the field a bit, though the Scottish Open remains one of the top tournaments on the circuit with a number of enticing matchups. Odds suggest a wide open field with Tommy Fleetwood positioned as the current betting favorite. Visit BookMaker.eu for updated matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Scottish Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Tommy Fleetwood -121 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -109
Marcus Kinhult +124 vs. Adrian Otaegui -155
Justin Harding -136 vs. Brandon Stone +106
Lucas Herbert -128 vs. Benjamin Hebert -102
Robert MacIntyre -127 vs. Jason Scrivener -103
Andrew Johnston -151 vs. John Catlin +121
Bernd Wiesberger -108 vs. Martin Kaymer -122
Victor Perez +109 vs. Joost Luiten -139
Matthew Fitzpatrick -196 vs. Bernd Wiesberger +155
Guido Migliozzi +109 vs. Thorbjorn Olesen -139
Dean Burmester +131 vs. Renato Paratore -165
Christiaan Bezuidenhout -138 vs. Sam Horsfield +108
Aaron Rai -138 vs. Gavin Green +108
Thomas Detry -145 vs. George Coetzee +115
Tommy Fleetwood -187 vs. Bernd Wiesberger +148
Thomas Pieters -200 vs. Rasmus Hojgaard +158
George Coetzee +115 vs/ Matt Wallace -145
Erik Van Rooyen -130 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout +100
Tommy Fleetwood -178 vs. Martin Kaymer +141
Chris Paisley -108 vs. Alexander Bjork -122
Jordan Smith -162 vs. Ryan Fox +129
Matthew Fitzpatrick -184 vs. Martin Kaymer +146
Ian Poulter -110 vs. Andy Sullivan -119
Danny Willett -143 vs. Jorge Campillo +113
Scott Jamieson -139 vs. Masahiro Kawamura +109
Thomas Detry -112 vs. Matt Wallace -118
Paul Waring -195 vs. Garrick Higgo +154
Erik Van Rooyen -160 vs. Sam Horsfield +127
Haotong Li +132 vs. Mike Lorenzo Vera -166
Jazz Janewattananond -107 vs. Connor Syme -123
Thomas Pieters -145 vs. Lee Westwood +115
Callum Hill -126 vs. Sami Valimaki -104
Lee Westwood -160 vs. Rasmus Hojgaard +127
Romain Langasque -132 vs. Joakim Lagergren +102
Need to Know
To try and make The Renaissance Club more challenging the course underwent a makeover ahead of this year’s edition. Bernd Wiesberger and Benjamin Hebert finished 72 holes at 22-under and will face a different design. Only four holes remain unchanged from last year with new tee boxes and different directions making up the majority of the changes. “It’s definitely going to be more challenging,” Renaissance Club CEO Jarry Savadi said. It is a straightforward links-style course that shouldn’t be overly problematic despite the new look. Bunkers are carved into the property, trees are part of the landscape and the rough is up. The biggest test will come from Mother Nature, though, with winds expected to act up on the coast.
Scottish Open Matchup Picks
John Catlin +121 vs. Andrew Johnston
Catlin is on a heater and it would be wise to ride him through it. Getting him at plus-odds is a bonus. Two wins sandwiched around a T8 in his last three starts shows the form is as good as anyone in the field. Also, keep in mind that I am not wagering on an outright victory rather a higher finish. Though throwing down on Catlin to visit the winner’s circle again probably isn’t a bad move.
Garrick Higgo +154 vs. Paul Waring
The hot streak had to end eventually and it did last week for Higgo, who missed the cut at the Irish Open. It was a whirlwind few weeks for the South African, who won the dual-ranking Open de Portugal to cap a run of three top-7s in four tournaments. Two of those events were dual-ranked and another on the Challenge Tour, so playing a straight ET tournament might have been overwhelming. With that out of the way I expect Higgo to return to his birdie-making ways with a nice payday at his current price.
Romain Langasque -132 vs. Joakim Lagergren
You will have to pay to back Langasque in this matchup but I think he’s worth it. He made it through four rounds at the U.S. Open with a respectable T34 finish and claimed victory a few weeks before that at the Wales Open. In between he also had a top-20 at the Andalucia Masters. He’s enjoyed success on links courses with a win at Carnoustie in the 2015 Amateur Championship and he finished 2-shots off the leaders here last year for solo third. Good on links and solid form coming in, I’ll back the Frenchman.
Bernd Wiesberger +148 vs. Tommy Fleetwood
Fleetwood is the biggest name in the field and the highest ranked player so he’s going to get support. One thing he isn’t is the defending champion. That title belongs to Wiesberger after slashing the layout and winning in a playoff last year. It was the middle of three victories for the Austrian last season. He has yet to win this season spending more time on the PGA side, but a return to the lot that yielded him a record-low 22-under should be a boost. I’ll toss a few bucks on Wiesberger for the chance at a nice return.
Sami Valimaki -104 vs. Callum Hill
The young Finn was probably overwhelmed at the U.S. Open so I’ll give him a pass on that MC. Instead I’ll focus on recent ET results, which have been solid. Before heading to Winged Foot, Valimaki recorded three top-10s in three starts with a runner-up at the Wales Open. He’s also tasted victory this year at the Oman Open back in February. He’s debuting on this course, but his stats have been consistently good in categories that breed success on links courses.
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