2016 Scottish Open Betting Preview

There is just one week to go until the Open Championship at Royal Troon and some top players will be honing their skills on the links of Castle Stuart at the Scottish Open from Thursday. The tournament offers a great warm-up for the third major of the year and it is also an opportunity to qualify for the Open as there are four places available for those who finish in the top-twelve of the Scottish Open and who are not already exempt...

  • Castle Stuart Golf Links previously hosted the Scottish Open in 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open when it was last held at Castle Stuart in 2013 and 'Lefty' went on to win The Open at Muirfield the following week

7th July - 10th July Odds Won/Lost Bet

Scottish Open
Branden Grace (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 12 / 1  
Nicolas Colsaerts (each way) @ 45 / 1 P
Raphael Jacquelin (each way) @ 100 / 1  
Thorbjorn Olesen first round leader (each way) @ 66 / 1  

The Favourite

Henrik Stenson has no such worries about making the field for next week as the Swede is one of the form players in the world following his BMW International Open success. The Swede has previous at Castle Stuart as he tied 8th here in 2012 and tied 3rd in 2013, although the 9/1 shot is plenty short enough when bidding to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in his career.

Branden Grace is second-favourite at 12/1 and the South African, who is a fine links exponent, boasts the form and course experience to mount a significant challenge here. The 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links winner lost to Phil Mickelson in a play-off when the Scottish Open was last held at Castle Stuart in 2013 and he can add to the two titles he has already won during 2016. He has five other top-tens in thirteen starts to his name this year, including a tie for 5th at the US Open and a top-ten at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, and he looks nicely priced here.
Tip #1: Branden Grace (each way) @ 12/1 with Paddy Power.

Martin Kaymer is next best in the betting (18/1) following a run of three top-sevens in his last four starts and he earned us a bit of each-way money for us last week. while Phil Mickelson is a 20/1 shot and the 2013 winner at Castle Stuart obviously demands respect.

The Best Of The Rest

Castle Stuart, which is a par 72 and stretches to 7,193 yards, held the Scottish Open in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and it is a venue that Nicolas Colsaerts has taken a real liking to. The big-hitting Belgian finished tied 3rd here in 2011 and tied 8th in 2013 and his recent form, which includes a tie for 3rd at the Nordea Masters and a top-25 in France, would suggest that he is worth a look at 45/1 with Paddy Power - who are paying 1/5 the odds on seven places this week.
Tip #2: Nicolas Colsaerts (each way) @ 45/1 with Paddy Power.

Thorbjorn Olesen is another fine links player who is worthy of each-way attention as last year's Alfred Dunhill Links winner prepares to return to Scotland. The BMW International runner-up has picked up six top-tens this year and he looks like a massive price at 70/1 in the outright market. Olesen tends to make fast starts to this tournament without quite seeing it out though as his results at Castle Stuart read 72-36-67. He has been in the top-five of the leaderboard after the first round in three of his four Scottish Open appearances and he is 66/1 to be first round leader with Betfred.
Tip #3: Thorbjorn Olesen first round leader (each way) @ 66/1 with Betfred.

Finally, Raphael Jacquelin loves playing the Scottish Open. The Frenchman has racked up five top-tens in ten appearances in this tournament and his form at Castle Stuart is progressive as he has gone 49-16-8 in his three appearances there. A runner-up at Gullane Golf Club last year, Jacquelin perhaps put too much pressure on himself when missing the cut in his French homeland last time out but we prefer to focus on his tie for 8th at the Nordea Masters and a tie for 4th at the BMW International prior to that. His 100/1 quote looks massive in this company and we'll be backing him each-way here.
Tip #4: Raphael Jacquelin (each way) @ 100/1 with Betfair (paying 1/4 odds on six places).

2016 Scottish Open Odds