Golf Odds: European Tour Scottish Open Preview

SBR Staff

Monday, July 9, 2018 3:01 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 9, 2018 3:01 PM UTC

Many of the best players in the world are in Scotland this week to play the European Tour's Scottish Open as a warm-up to next week’s British Open.

There are only a few weeks each season where a European Tour field is considered stronger than the one on the PGA Tour. The week before the British Open is usually once such case because guys want to get acclimated to links-style golf, the weather and the time change overseas ahead of the third major of the season. That’s why this week’s field at the Scottish Open looks better than the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour – although two big names withdrawing hurt the Scottish Open a bit.

The 2018 Scottish Open is played at Gullane Golf Club in Gullane, East Lothian. It will be a bit harder to handicap this tournament at Intertops because it’s only the second time that course has hosted the event. It did last in 2015 when American Rickie Fowler won at 12-under 268 by a shot over France’s Raphael Jacquelin and fellow American Matt Kuchar. The tournament was held on a hybrid golf course consisting of 16 holes of Gullane’s #1 Course and 2 holes from its #2 Course. The main course is a par 70 measuring 7,133 yards.

The Scottish Open has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since that series started in 2014. That means the leading four not already qualified will earn a spot in the British Open. It’s also part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series.

England’s Justin Rose is the +900 Intertops favorite this week. His last tournament was a tie for 10th at the U.S. Open. Rose won this event in 2014 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, shooting a 16-under 268 to beat out Kristoffer Broberg by two. Rose didn’t play last year’s Scottish Open.

Fowler is +1000 to win the tournament for a second time. He finished tied for seventh last year at Dundonald Links. Only two players have multiple Scottish Open wins: Ian Woosnam (three) and Ernie Els (two). Neither went back-to-back.

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Tyrell Hatton is +1600 with Patrick Reed at +1800 at Intertops. Reed actually leads the Race to Dubai even though he has played in only four European Tour events this year. That’s because he won the Masters. He also was T4 at the U.S. Open. Reed missed the cut at the 2017 Scottish Open. Hatton also missed the cut last year. The Englishman last tied it up at the Open de France and was T16.

Phil Mickelson is playing the Scottish Open again and is +2500. He won the 2013 event at Castle Stuart Golf Links in a playoff over Branden Grace and then won the British Open the next week. Lefty hadn’t won since until March’s WGC-Mexico Championship. It’s his 15th all-time appearance in this tournament. Six of the last eight winners of the Claret Jug have played in the Scottish Open the previous week.

Henrik Stenson would have been among the betting favorites this week at Intertops but had to withdraw with an elbow injury. Tommy Fleetwood also pulled out but simply to rest.

The defending champion is Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who is +2800 at Intertops. He birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win his first title in 5 1/2 years last July. Shinkwin was short a 4-foot par putt for victory on his 72nd hole. Cabrera-Bello shot a course-record 8-under 64 in the final round at Dundonald Links. Cabrera-Bello hasn’t won since and has missed the cut in his past two European Tour events.

No Scotsman has won his country’s Open since Colin Montgomerie in 1999. Russell Knox has the shortest Intertops odds among Scots at +2000

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