The European Tour continues this week with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which takes place across the St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns courses in Scotland and we take a look at the Tournament from a betting angle.
This is a pro-am event and the highlight for many on the golfing calendar. Carnoustie is the toughest of the 3 courses and there should be plenty of birdies on St Andrews and Kingsbarns. The set up for the courses is normally forgiving due to the number of amateurs playing. Wind can often be a factor here though and there is some forecast for this week so players experienced in links conditions should be short listed.
Brooks Koepka tops the betting at 10/1 having stayed in Europe after the Ryder Cup and he is joined by European Ryder Cup star, Tommy Fleetwood at 12/1, Tyrrell Hatton was also a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team and is looking for his 3rd consecutive win and is priced at 16/1 together with Tony Finau, one of the few US successes at the Ryder Cup.
2017 – Tyrrell Hatton -24
2016 – Tyrrell Hatton -23
2015 – Thorbjorn Olesen -18
2014 – Oliver Wilson -17
2013 – David Howell -23 *
Brooks Koepka 10/1
Tommy Fleetwood 12/1
Tony Finau 16/1
Tyrrell Hatton 16/1
Shane Lowry 22/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 22/1
Eddie Pepperell 25/1
Chris Wood 25/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change.
Tyrrell Hatton each way at 16/1
Winning a Tournament three times in a row is no easy task but the fact that he has done it twice already shows just how much Hatton loves these courses. He had a relatively light workload in the Ryder Cup and while he was disappointing in his final singles game against Patrick Reed, I actually felt he had a decent Tournament. There hasn’t been the fuss over him as there has been over the likes of Fleetwood of course and for this reason I expect him to be fresher and ready to challenge for the title again.
Matthew Fitzpatrick each way at 22/1
Fitzpatrick won on his last start a few weeks ago and while he hasn’t shown excellent form here, he did finish in the top 15 in 2017 suggesting he is getting the hang of the format at the courses With a number of the players around him in the betting perhaps likely to suffer Ryder Cup hangovers, he looks a big runner.
Matt Wallace each way at 40/1
Wallace is a bit of an inconsistent player but I do have a habit of catching him correctly and I like his chances this week. He was disappointed not to make the Ryder Cup team but won 3 starts back and can build on a somewhat disappointing debut here last year.
Brandon Stone each way at 75/1
Stone has shown that he enjoys Links golf and he finished in the top 15 here last year. His recent form has been solid with a top 10 and a top 15 in his last 2 starts.
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