Another new course to contend with this week in North Berwick with the Renaissance Club hosting the Scottish Open. A relatively new course which shouldn't provide too much bother length wise and as ever with this type of track those who have a solid long game should prosper. Approach play will be one of the key aspects more than likely with large greens and undulations causing havoc with some second shots. Those who can hit it to the right parts should give themselves more chances than most.
Andy Sullivan played the kind of golf last week that saw him enter the worlds top 50 a few years back and he may not be far off that form now. His runner up last week at Lahinch was after a solid top 15 finish at the tough Valderrama. Form figures of 33-26-13-2 is certainly going in the right direction and I think he is a decent enough price to continue that acceleration. 11th in Qatar earlier in the year is always a sign for the links form later in the season, maybe we should have been alive to that last week. He was 10th at the Dunhill Links last year and with further Top 6 finishes at Ballyliffin, Royal County Down and Castle Stuart it suggests he is more than comfortable on this terrain. A top price of 45/1 isn't short enough for me after last weeks effort.
1.5u - A. Sullivan To Win @+4500
1.5u - A. Sullivan To Finish Top 10 @+450
Jorge Campillo has been the outstanding story of the European season with one win, two runner ups and two third place finishes. If you're not an avid golf follower you might be surprised by his elevation to now 60th in the world rankings. The Spaniard performed well again last week to finish 7th in Lahinch. Other appropriate results are 3rd at Ballyliffin, 2nd in Qatar and 8th at Castle Stuart. Clearly he is adaptable and plays a lot of tracks well but his form has still been somewhat underestimated. I was tempted last week but after his solid finish 50/1 here this week looks tasty enough to get involved with.
1.25u - J. Campillo To Win @+5000
1.25u - J. Campillo To Finish Top 10 @+475
CT Pan impressed me with his win at the Heritage and some decent performances outside of majors since convince me he should be no 3 figure poke this week. Currently ranked 47th in the world if you priced this on world rankings alone he wouldn't be close to half this price. However those making the trip to these shores from the states have famously found difficulty. However that has changed in recent years with Fowler and Mickelson lifting this trophy and Kuchar finishing runner up. These names are obviously top class golfers and whilst Pan hasn't quite reached those heights,more than five times the price of Kuchar doesn't quite look right to me. He finished 3rd in the Charles Schwab a few weeks after winning the Heritage and there's no doubt form like that will bypass the vast majority of European stalwarts this week. Worth a bash despite the trip making things difficult.
1u - CT Pan To Win @+10000
1u - CT Pan To Finish Top 10 @+900
Zander Lombard is worth a few pennies to back up his impressive top ten in Ireland last week. The South African will be a lively outsider at Portrush next week given he went down in the final to Bradley Neil there in the 2014 Amateur Championship. Last week was further confirmation of Lombard's liking for these tests having finished 6th at Ballyliffin and 2nd beaten in a playoff by Quiros at the seaside track in Sicily. With some larger putting surfaces here I'd expect his solid approach play (10th SG approach this season) to be an advantage this week. One worth chancing at triple figures.
0.75u - Z.Lombard To Win @+20000
0.75u - Z.Lombard To Finish Top 10 @+2200
Another South African George Coetzee looks a shade overpriced given two solid efforts of late with 26th in Spain and 34th last week in Ireland. It is nothing too spectacular but should this become a battle of the wands Coetzee has the ability to hole more putts than anyone else. He was 2nd in Qatar earlier in the season and we are sure to witness some kind of breeze here this week that challenges the players. He is quite handy with playing knockdown shots and if the greens prove to be similar to Castle Stuart I think we can expect a decent run from Coetzee despite him being a 160/1 rag.
0.75u - G.Coetzee To Win @+16000
0.75u - G.Coetzee To Finish Top 10 @+1600