The excitement surrounding the Ryder Cup has barely settled down and the European Tour heads to Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Played over three courses in October conditions, this is a true test of links golf as the wind is very likely to blow.
Defending champion is Tyrrell Hatton, who last year became the first champion to defend his title. Hatton is third in the betting this week, behind Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood and alongside Tony Finau. However, all of these players were in the heat of battle last weekend in the Ryder Cup, and we’re going to rule them out as that event is both physically and mentally draining.
Thirteen of the last 17 winners have come from the UK and Ireland, players comfortable with wet and windy conditions, and that’s where we are going to look for this week’s winner.
Marc Warren hasn’t had a great season but has shown form around this course in the past – posting top five finishes in both 2016 and 2017. There have been a series of missed cuts on his 2018 CV, hence the price. But he has shown the ability in the past to just click into gear and he obviously likes this event. We’ll take a punt.
Our second selection is Ross Fisher. The Englishman has been runner up here for the last two years, including notching a new course record for the St. Andrews Old Course of 61 last year.
Fisher is a former Ryder Cup player and the weekend’s events are bound to given him the push to try and get on the next team, he has the ability to do so.
Fisher 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, SkyBet
Warren 0.5 pts each way at 110/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, SkyBet
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