This week’s golfing tournament in Europe comes from Scotland, with the Fairmont St Andrews course hosting the Scottish Championship.
This course staged an Open qualifier last year and some senior tournaments, but will be new to most players on the European Tour. But being on the coast in Scotland it’s pretty fair to assume that weather will play a key role, and that’s where we will take our lead.
Matthew Jordan is a former winner of the St Andrews Links Trophy, a tournament which is usually played around this time of the year, in tricky conditions. A member of Hoylake in his youth, Jordan is used to playing in the wind.
This tournament doesn’t have the strongest line up, and this could provide him with an excellent opportunity for Jordan to win on the European Tour for the first time.
Over on the PGA Tour, Thursday sees the start of the CJ Cup, held at the Shadow Creek course, near Las Vegas.
World number one Dustin Johnson initially headed up the field, but he has since pulled out after contracting Covid. There are still a number of big names teeing up, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele, but we’re going to look elsewhere for the winner.
Viktor Hovland came out of the Oklahoma State University with a stellar reputation, and has already won on the Tour, clinching the Puerto Rico Open in February.
He was good enough to finish tied 13th in the US Open in September, and after a break we think he could go close in this tournament this week.
Scottish Championship: Jordan to win, 1 pt, at 25/1, widely available
CJ Cup: Hovland to win, 1 pt, at 35/1, bet365
And 0.5 pts each way double