Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Renaissance Club in North Berwick hosts for the second year
- Course toughened up and challenge heightened by the poor weather forecast
- English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick head the betting
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Scottish Open Predictions and Picks
Lee Westwood was the second-highest European finisher in the recent US Open and should enjoy the toughened-up course. Back him each-way +3300 with bet365.
Joost Luiten restored confidence with a tied 11th in last week’s Irish Open and can outscore Fabrizio Zanotti in a 72-hole matchup -125 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Local man Richie Ramsay has a strong record in Scotland and is playing well enough to land a top 20 at +335 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Lee Westwood each-way +3300 at bet365
Joost Luiten to beat Fabrizio Zanotti in a match-bet –125 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Richie Ramsay to land a top 20 +335 at DraftKings Sportsbook
How to Watch the Scottish Open
|Scottish Open Event Information|
|What||Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open|
|Where||The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland|
|When||Thursday, October 01 – Sunday, October 04|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 6.30am-8.00am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7.00am-9.30pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 6.30am-9.30am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Profile
After American John Catlin grabbed his second win of September with victory at the Irish Open, the European Tour now continues its four-week stint in the UK with a trip to Scotland.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is one of the four Rolex Series events in this interrupted season and carries a hefty $7million prize fund. We have another Rolex event next week, the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and then it’s back north of the border once more for the Scottish Championship.
The serious purse this week has attracted some of Europe’s elite and the front end of the betting is awash with Ryder Cup stars. For many years, this event has taken place on pure, historical linksland by the coast. It’s a little bit different at the Renaissance Club which only opened in 2008. However, the course is situated next to the Open venue Muirfield and just a couple of miles from Gullane. In other words, this part of East Lothian is steeped in golfing history and if the Renaissance Club isn’t a true link, it can at least be described as links-like.
Notably, it will provide a much tougher test than when it debuted in 2019.
Over 200 yards have been added and the fairways tightened. To show what effect that might have, check out the scores from the two Ladies Scottish Opens played at Renaissance. Last years was won with 20-under, these years with 5-under. That suggests the players will get nowhere near the 22-under shot by Bernd Wiesberger in 2019.
Add in a testing weather forecast and this will be a battle where experience could count for plenty.
Westwood Can Tough It Out
Talking of experience, few can match Lee Westwood for longevity. The Englishman won his first European Tour event in 1996 (he has 22 victories now) but is still a class act. He’s shown that in his last two starts when posting T10 at former Ryder Cup venue Valderrama and T13 in the US Open at Winged Foot where the only European to finish in front of him was Rory McIlroy.
The 47-year-old has two wins in Scotland while four of his five Open top fives have come in the country. While he did okay at this venue last year (a pair of middle 67s) when it turned into a birdie-fest, Westwood will find the tougher conditions much more to his liking.
Those performances at Valderrama and Winged Foot look ideal preps for gutting it out and the way he’s been driving the ball (top eight for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee in each of his last three starts) has to bode well.
Westwood looks to be a strong each-way bet (¼ 1-2-3-4-5) at +3300 with bet365.
Luiten Can Outscore Zanotti
Joost Luiten ended our longest run of 72-hole matchup winners last week but, no matter, I won’t hold a grudge. Instead, I’m going to switch horses and take the Dutchman to win his head-to-head with Fabrizio Zanotti. Luiten had been in a mini-slump after following his sixth place in Austria with a run of MC-51-MC-52-MC but he snapped out of it with tied 11th in last week’s Irish Open.
Gaining confidence by the day, he improved his round scores on each lap by shooting 71-70-69-67.
Writing on his blog in the days after, Luiten noted: “I hit the ball really well on the tough course at Galgorm Castle. Luckily my swing felt a lot better than in the past few weeks, which gives me a lot of confidence for the next two major tournaments, the Scottish Open and the BMW Championship.”
Zanotti actually beat him by two shots at the Irish and that’s even more impressive given that the Paraguayan was pegging it up for the first time since March. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that he can do even better this week. His seventh place was due to a 63 in round four when scoring conditions were easier; that won’t be the case in Scotland if the forecast is correct.
The other problem for Zanotti is that his record on Scottish soil is dreadful. In 29 starts he’s missed 16 cuts and hasn’t managed a single top 20 in a strokeplay event there since 2009. Luiten, who was fourth in this event at nearby Gullane in 2015, looks a solid play and can win their matchup at -125 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Ramsay To Land In Top 20
With this set to be a true Scottish test, there’s no harm in getting a local onside. The one I like is Richie Ramsay, who loves playing in his home Open. On pure numbers, there aren’t many top 20s in his recent record. And yet, he’s very, very close to landing them. In the last couple of months, Ramsay has delivered tied 33rd at the Irish Open, tied 31st at the UK Championship, tied 34th at the English Championship, and tied 22nd in the Hero Open.
It was a similar story at this course last year when he posted tied 34th.
But at a price of +335 at DraftKings Sportsbook, it’s worth betting that he can shave off the odd couple of shots that will land him in the top 20 this time.
Ramsay has six top 10s in his last 17 starts in Scotland so relishes the challenge of playing at home.
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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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