The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place at the St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns courses in Scotland from the 5th to the 8th of October.
This is a pro-am event taking place over 3 courses with St Andrews hosting the final round. Carnoustie is the toughest of the 3 courses and there should be plenty of birdies on St Andrews and Kingsbarns with the pro-am nature of the event ensuring some easy pin positions. Being links courses wind can be a massive influencer and forecasts for the weekend suggest conditions should be worst on Friday so timing as to which course is played in the worst conditions could be a factor.
Rory McIlroy heads the betting and while he played well last week he is still looking for his 1st win of the year and I am happy to take him on at an event where outsiders win more often than not.
2016 – Tyrrell Hatton -23
2015 – Thorbjorn Olesen -18
2014 – Oliver Wilson -17
2013 – David Howell -23 *
2012 – Branden Grace -22
2011 – Michael Hoey -22
Rory McIlroy 6/1
Tyrrell Hatton 20/1
Shane Lowry 20/1
Branden Grace 22/1
Tommy Fleetwood 22/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 25/1
30/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change
Eddie Pepperell at 55/1 – each way
He disappointed last week where he missed the cut but Pepperell has been in good form and had 3 successive top 5’s leading up to the British Masters.
Lee Slattery at 110/1 – each way
A recent winner on tour Slattery has had a consistent year although his form has dipped in recent weeks. He has not gone well in this event of late but was 5th in 2012 and given the year he has had I am going to back him as he fits the profile of some recent winners.
George Coetzee at 40/1 – each way
Coetzee loves links golf though and has had an improved year albeit as he hasn’t contended on a regular basis. He has finished in the top 15 in his last 3 starts.
Dylan Frittelli at 110/1 – each way
The South African has won on tour this year and while he hasn’t been in his best form in recent weeks I am very surprised to see him quoted in triple figures and at current prices I want him on my side this week.
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