Scottish Open 2013

Free Golf Betting Tips- The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2013

Really looking forward to two weeks of golf on UK soil on the European tour, this week we get things rolling with the Scottish Open at the fantastic Castle Stuart, followed by The Open next week at Muirfield (can’t wait!).  Tremendous field assembled this week at Castle Stuart (Els, Mickelson, Stenson), as the players get there final prep in prior to next weeks’ big one – but who is most likely to prevail this week in Scotland?

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The Event

Despite the torrential rain, landslide (yes landslide) and reduction to 54 holes in 2011 at Castle Stuart; Luke Donald destroyed the field with a -19 total and stroke average of 65.67 on the Par 72 course.  The venue has added a new underground drainage system to deal with the landslides, but what about changes to the course itself?  For the 2012 edition, four new bunkers were added on holes 5 and 14, the course was also been lengthened by approx. 150 yards with new tees added on the 9th, 12th and 15th holes in an effort to toughen up the test a little, this worked to a degree with Jeev Milkha Singh finishing on -17 after the four rounds last year.  When looking at the result last year scrambling seems of significance, with 3 of the top 4 players finishing in the top 10 in scrambling for the event, all of the top 5 finished in the Top 40 of GIR for the week.  A with a good all round game looks likely to prevail this week, if those statistics are to be mirrored this week.

With identifying a type of player who may prevail tough, I have selected just 4 players who I believe fit the bill to walk away a winner this week, I have stayed away from the big boys, who may be more concerned with prep for next week.

Main Picks

Alexander Noren – 33/1 EW

Fantastic current form, 2 top 5’s in last 3 events, 4 Top 10’s in last 7, also finished 3rd here last year showing his liking for this course.  Ranked a hugely impressive 9th in scrambling and is 4th in stroke average on tour this season, has done all but win this year to date and is a proven winner on tour with a win in 2009, + 2 more in 2011.    

Brandan Grace – 40/1 EW

Certainly not the stellar success of last year for Grace this season, but when you check out his results, they are better than you would think.  A stack of top 20 finishes this season and a return this week to 2 things he likes 1) Scotland – having won the Dunhill links last year 2) Links Golf, a series of wins last year over links courses, two at home in South Africa over the Fancourt Links.  Expecting a good performance this week, especially if he gets his excellent putting firing on all cylinders; ranked a lowly 138th in GIR, but a respectable 68th in scrambling.

Ross Fisher – 40/1 EW

Working his way back into some excellent form, very much the way Casey did before his excellent win in Ireland a couple of weeks ago.  Two Top 10’s on his last 6 starts, has performed well in Open championships in the past and won on tour every year on tour between 2007 and 2010 so clearly a class act who is running back into impressive form.  Ranked 57th in both GIR and scrambling and 40th in putts per round, his all round game should suit this layout.

Peter Whiteford– 125/1 EW

10th two weeks ago in Ireland and finished an impressive Tied 8th here last year, not a consistent player but one who is more than capable of winning, finishing 2nd in the Ballantines’ Championship already this season.  Like Fisher and Noren he has an excellent all round game – ranking 88rd in GIR, 65th In putts per round and 63rd in scrambling, 125/1 seems generous considering his course form and the fact he is playing back in Scotland.

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