European Golf: Swedish success…

The attention of the golfing world is now on these isles, with Thursday seeing the last tournament before the Open Championship.

With this in mind, we’ll leave the PGA Tour alone this week and concentrate on the Scottish Open. It’s being held this year at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian, a brand-new venue. It’s only been six years since this tournament was held on a links venue, and since then we’ve had four high class winners and two surprises. We’re going to side with the top end of the market.

Heading the betting this year is Rory McIlroy. We think it’s significant that he chose to come here as his Open warmup rather than last week’s Irish Open, but at around 6/1 we’ll pass without putting admirers off.

Next in the betting is Rickie Fowler. Followers of this blog will know that we feel Fowler is usually too short a price for the number of times he wins on the PGA Tour. But he’s now fishing in shallower waters and he has won this event before, in 2015. That said, he hasn’t been playing well of late so we’ll reluctantly pass.

Justin Thomas has been struggling with a wrist injury so instead we’re going to take a punt on Henrik Stenson. True it’s been two years since the Swede’s last win, but that was this time of the year–winning the Open Championship at Troon–and he has been coming into form with top ten finishes at the US Open and the Canadian equivalent. He’s now at a healthy price and worth a bet.


Stenson 1 pt each way at 20/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, Paddy Power

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