Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 7th July 2016

The Scottish Open has long been used by many players as a way of getting up to speed around a links golf course ahead of the Open Championship the following week.

However, it is a world class event in its own right and one which the European Tour are rightly proud. Each year they support the Scottish Open with a big prize fund and many of the world’s best players turn up for a crack at the title. This year, the tournament returns to the wonderful Castle Stuart Golf Links for an event which should get everybody licking their lips in anticipation of the Open at Royal Troon.

Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open Betting Offers

We’ll add more offers here as they are released but how about triple odds at 888sport or a £50 free bet at Ladbrokes?

Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open Betting Tips

The Course

On paper, Castle Stuart is a fairly standard golf course. It is a stock par 72 with four par threes and four par fives. It’s official yardage of 7,193 yards is also pretty standard but once you get out there onto the links it is instantly clear that Castle Stuart is a little bit special.

The course designer, Mark Parsinen, deliberately tried to make a course that was more about avoiding mistakes than about playing the “perfect” game. To that end he made the most of the gusty conditions in Inverness by designing greens that are very hard to hit, placing some nasty bunkers in defensive positions and allowing natural areas of thick grass and heather to remain menacingly in play.

Local Lad for Glory?

Russell Knox will take less time to get up to speed with the challenge of Castle Stuart than most. The 31-year-old was born just around the corner in Inverness and although he lives and plays most of his golf in America, Knox has a real flair for links golf. His ability to keep the ball low and out of the worst reaches of the wind will serve him very well this week as will his impressive short game. Knox’s relative lack of distance when compared to the bigger hitters will not be an issue at Castle Stuart and he can advance his chances of making the European Ryder Cup team by claiming a home win at odds of 35/1 with Paddy Power.

Long Odds Each Way Option

Luke Donald often finds it tough to keep up with the scoring around the longer holes played on the main golf tours but when presented with a course that suits his game he can still compete with the very best players in the world. In an attempt to add some distance to his game, Donald’s usually reliable swing disappeared for over a year. But, he has returned to his old coach and his game has started to return to him. The Englishman goes into this week as the first alternate at the Open and he’d love to firmly book his place at the third major of the year so back him each way at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.