European Tour: Lob Wedge at Outsiders in battle of Ayr shots…

The European golfing express makes its way to Ayrshire coast this week, with the Dundonald Links course hosting the Scottish Open.

Following the Irish Open last week, this is another opportunity for players to tune up to links golf ahead of the Open Championship next week.

The betting is headed by Rickie Fowler, who won this title two years ago when the event was held at Gullane. However, odds of 8/1 seem short on a player who has struggled to translate undoubted talent and good positions into wins of late.

Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy is also in the field, but two missed cuts from his last three tournaments suggest punters should leave this player alone until there are more obvious signs of a return to form.

The top of the betting doesn’t excite us at Lap of the Odds this week, so we are looking further down the field. Matthew Southgate showed his liking for links golf by winning the final Open qualifying tournament earlier in July, and followed this up with a tied second position in the Irish Open last week. Odds of 150/1 just seem too high for this in form golfer.

Our second suggestion is the Scot Duncan Stewart. Playing golf in the wind should be second nature to someone who was brought up on the northern edge of the Cairngorm mountains. Additionally, Stewart has shown some form of late, finishing tied 20th in Ireland last week. We’ll take an each way punt at 400/1.

Recommendations:

Southgate 0.5 points each way at 150/1, Corals (1/5 the odds for top 7)

Stewart 0.5 points each way at 400/1, Skybet (1/4 the odds for top 6)

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