The celebrity jaunt around St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie takes place this week.
The weather throughout these isles is reasonably fair for this time of year. For once it looks like we might avoid the rain and have a pleasant enough tournament. With perfect conditions expect the scores to be as low as usual. Whether any of the courses play a bit firmer due to a lack of recent rain is anyones guess but with all courses set up favourably I expect the usual totals. Personally I feel it's not an event to get too heavily involved with. I will be keeping stakes to a minimum as I usually do with this event. There are a number of selections worth supporting at tasty odds.
Many people will be turned off by Martin Kaymer's recent collapse when in the lead in Italy. I will not be though. You would be foolish to stroke this guy off your list and label him a 'choker'. He is most certainly not, he's a class operator with a few chinks in his armour. He has a win and 2nd placed finish posted at this event down the years and stands every chance of contending again. With the volatility of this event though I will be passing him up for smaller investments on bigger prices. Branden Grace has plenty of wins tucked away in his locker with this event being one of them. He has shown some serious major form this year and will also arrive in good nick. Once again though I'm not overly keen to get involved at odds of 18/1.
Our top selection is determined by the price. Max Kieffer broke the record last week for consecutive cuts made on the tour and I was expecting his price to be closer to half that of the 80/1 on offer. He showed his likeness for Links golf when going close at this years Irish Open. He tends to play the tougher courses better and is maybe one for the tougher examination but I still can't pass up his price this week. Oliver Wilson landed a fairytale win here last year and it'd be fitting if the next champ was Kieffer who has worked hard on his game for top results. This years Nordea masters was played in some tough conditions where he posted a tied 3rd finish. There is definitely a lot to this lads game and he will land a win sooner or later. Stakes will be kept low mind you with this event. Surely one of the more value bets of the week.