After an amazing week at Wentworth and 15 of 15 making the cut from last weeks write up. The European Tour now head head north and over the border into Scotland to the delights of far worse weather, 6 hour rounds with a bunch of hackers and an event played over 3 courses where the weather can so easily dictate the outcome depending on what rotation of course you are on.
However there must be a good reason 15 of the top 50 are in attendance and the field is once again going to be deep with talent.
That reason is simple, its now time for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and its host venue The Old Course St. Andrews.. You would be mad to turn down any opportunity to play tournament golf on the very most iconic course of them all. However, this event offers further added appeal with trips around both Carnoustie and Kingsbarns during its first three days of tournament play. Then heading back to the old course on Sunday in hope of lifting a trophy with that famous setting around you and then a short trip back down to the Swilcan Bridge for a few moments etched in history (All be it not exactly that moment we all dream of growing up).
Course/Event Preview & Key Stats
Venue St. – Andrews (Old Course), Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
Location – Scotland, United Kingdom.
Style – Traditional Links
Par – 72
Yardage – 7,318 St. Andrews. 7,394 Carnoustie and 7,227 Kingsbarns.
Event – 19th staging of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Off the Tee – The only course that demands a higher degree of accuracy is Carnoustie. Both St. Andrews and Kingsbarns can be attacked off the tee and providing the obvious perils of falling foul to one of the many pot hole bunkers are avoided great scoring opportunities can be created.
Approach Play – With the size of the greens, hitting these monstrous targets is way to easy and ignoring a simple stat like greens in reg is definitely recommended. Id much rather look at proximity stats and scoring opportunities. Although it might be a wee bit wet and windy players will still make loads of birdies this week and with a minimum of 3 days before the cut, simply making pars wont be enough even if you have 6 of 6 line ups going into Sunday.
Scrambling – Due to typically high GIR stats across the weeks play this element isn’t tested as frequently on other style courses as frequently however when it is tested the players best bring imagination and an abundance of ability. Making birdies is going to be essential to making profit but avoiding bogeys and landing the winner and contenders is as always crucial if you wanna win big
Putting – Either you love putting on links greens or you love putting on links greens. Slightly slower than tour average, tricky but sooo much fun. This week im looking at players high in confidence with the short stick and in particular good at holing out from 10ft and in.
Course Form and Recent Form – Always factored in and no different this week.
Other Factors – The wind and rain will be present and this obviously effects how these venues play. Being on the right course on the right day depending on your style of play and luck on the day can really influence how this event maps out. Personally I will only make those decisions last minute and therefor wont even dream to attempt what rotation is most favourable just yet.
Its also worth be aware that players this week they will be playing in a pro-am format and these rounds can be painfully slow and hard to endure. Especially when the weathers awful and its a struggle to keep the swing free and mind focused with such long pauses between shots. A bit of grit could be needed and without doubt the patience of a saint.
European Tour DraftKings Picks
Jon Rahm $11,600
Shane Lowry $10,000
Danny Willett $9,700
Bernd Weisberger $9,400
Eric Van Rooyen $8,800
Mike Lorenzo-Vera $8,500
Matthias Schwab $8,200
Andrea Pavan $8,000
Christian Bezuidenhout $8,000
Padraig Harrington $7,300
Jordan Smith $7,200
Paul Waring $7,100
Matthew Southgate $7,000
Tapio Pulkkanen $6,600
Matthew Jordan $6,400
European Tour Betting Tips
- Eric Van Rooyen 36/1, 1point e/w
- Andrea Pavan 60/1, 1 point e/w
- Jordan Smith 110/1, 1 point e/w