Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Tyrrell Hatton Has Two Wins in the Last 5 Editions of This Tournament
- The DP World Tour moves from France to Scotland
- The event is played over three courses, with St Andrews hosting the final round
- Rory McIlroy heads a strong field in this pro-am tournament
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Odds
The odds for this tournament are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to Caesars Sportsbook and place a bet.
|Rory McIlroy||+450 |
|Matt Fitzpatrick||+1100 |
|Shane Lowry||+1100 |
|Tyrrell Hatton||+1600 |
|Tommy Fleetwood||+2000 |
|Thomas Pieters||+2500 |
|Talor Gooch||+2800 |
|Alex Noren||+3300 |
|Billy Horschel||+3300 |
|Robert MacIntyre||+3300 |
|Louis Oosthuizen||+3300 |
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Our Picks
Tyrrell Hatton has two wins and two seconds in the last five editions of this tournament. Back the Englishman for the win at +1600 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Alex Noren has a far more consistent record in this event than Branden Grace and the Swede can beat the South African in a 72-hole match bet at –133 with bet365.
Tom Lewis has three top 10s in this event and three top 15s in five starts since returning to the DP World Tour. Back him for a top 20 at +320 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Predictions
Those who love the rich and unparalleled history of the Old Course at St Andrews get a quick second dose of golf’s grandest venue this week.
After watching four days of a fascinating Open Championship unfold there in July, viewers get to see another 36 holes at the Old Course in this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
First staged in 2001, this pro-am event takes place over three links venues: Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews, the Old Course staging Sunday’s finale.
After all 168 pros and their amateur partners have had a crack at each track, a cut is made on Saturday evening.
The leading 60 pros and ties duke it out over one final lap of the Old Course while the leading 20 pro-am teams also fight for glory.
Kingsbarns is the baby of the three layouts having only opened 20 years ago while Carnoustie traditionally plays the hardest of the three venues.
There were fears that the Old Course would yield ridiculously low scores in the Open Championship a couple of months ago although they never came to pass.
However, with flags cut in the middle of greens for this event, we could see some spectacular scoring at St Andrews this week. Ross Fisher holds the course record via a 61 in 2017.
The amateur element means rounds can take up to six or seven hours so patience is needed for the pros.
One other obvious factor in this part of the world in September/October is the Scottish weather. It won’t be anything too extreme but there could be some strong winds to contend with so experience of links golf in these conditions is an obvious advantage.
Looking at history, seven of the last eight winners were either from England (five) or Denmark (two), countries used to cold conditions.
The exception was Frenchman Victor Perez but, as was revealed after his win, he lived in Scotland due to having a girlfriend in nearby Dundee!
Tyrrell for the Triple
Tyrrell Hatton was a popular bet at the summer’s Open Championship due to his brilliant record in this event.
He played down his chances, saying conditions were very different, but still managed to finish in a tie for 11th.
Clearly Hatton loves this place and he’s been the dominant force in this tournament for the last six years.
The event was canceled due to Covid in 2020 but in five appearances since 2016 he has two wins, two-second places, and a top 15.
That’s an incredible run, especially as he will have encountered so many different weather conditions over those years.
Hatton in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is almost an auto-bet so the only necessary checks are to see that his form is decent and his odds respectable.
It’s a ‘yes’ to both.
After that 11th at The Open, the Englishman was eighth in the Wyndham Championship and made it through to the penultimate FedEx Cup play-off event.
He opened with a pair of 69s at Wentworth before fading and on his latest start overcame an opening 72 to finish tied eighth in the Italian Open.
This solid current form allied to his supreme tournament form make Hatton a must for the win at +1600 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Noren to Outscore Grace
Branden Grace is a former winner of this event but I’m going to back Alex Noren to get the better of him over 72 holes this week.
Noren has an ultra-consistent record here which makes him strong match betting material.
The Swede was third in 2012 and in his last three appearances, he’s posted 11th, 15th and 12th.
Grace has that win from 2012 when he opened with a 60 at Kingsbarns but he’s never managed better than 25th in eight subsequent appearances.
The South African won the first LIV event to be held in the United States and has been fairly solid in those 54-holers since but his last appearance on the DP World Tour resulted in a missed cut at Wentworth.
Noren was runner-up in July’s Barracuda Championship and a decent 36th at the Fortinet Championship in California two weeks ago.
Add in five Open top 20s and history says he’s a more reliable prospect on the links than Grace. Back Noren at -133 with bet365 to win their 72-hole match.
Take Lewis for a Top 20
Tom Lewis first came to prominence on the links when sharing the 18-hole lead in the 2011 Open Championship as an amateur.
He’s enhanced his reputation as one to look out for by the coast with two wins in the Portugal Masters and a trio of strong performances in this event.
The Englishman was third here in 2013, 10th in 2018, and fifth in 2019.
It’s been a struggle for him on the Korn Ferry Tour this year but he’s found his groove again when returning to Europe.
He’s been 5-for-5 since August and three of those were top 15s.
His approach play has been excellent in the last two weeks and another top 20 here – +320 with DraftKings – seems a reasonable ask.
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Information
|Tournament||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship|
|Location||Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland|
|Time||Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 02|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 7am-12pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7am-12pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 6.30am-12pm (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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