European Golf: Turning Japanese…

After France and Ireland, the European Rolex Series heads further north for the Scottish Open.

This year’s tournament is being held at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, on the banks of the Firth of Forth. The last time the Scottish Open was held here was in 2015 when Rickie Fowler came out on top.

Fowler returns, as do a number of the world’s elite given this tournament, as important as it is on its own, acts as a superb warm up for next week’s Open Championship.

A number of players catch the eye, including Fowler, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed, but we’re going down a path we’ve not trodden before.

Hideki Matsuyama is a talented golfer who has reached the heights of being ranked no. 2 in the world. He has finished in the top 20 in his last three tournaments in the US, including finishing the US Open with a stunning 66. The Japanese golfer has shown his aptitude to links golf with three top 20s finishes at the Open, and played well in Ireland last year when experimenting for the first time with a pre Open warm up. We’ll chance our arm he plays well again.

For a second selection we have to go back to the last time this event took place here, in 2015. Fowler won, but one shot back in joint second was Raphael Jacquelin. The Frenchman has had a tough time of late but showed good form last week in finishing top ten in Ireland. He loves links golf, and we think he could go well at a big price.

Recommendations:

Matsuyama to win, 1 pt, at 22/1, Unibet

Jacquelin 0.5 pts each way at 150/1, 1/5 the odds for the top seven places, BetFred

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