Scottish Open golf predictions from Racing Post tipster & special offer
Racing Post tipster Steve Palmer has picked out his fancies for the Scottish Open, co-sanctioned by the DP World & PGA Tours.
Steve has joined BoyleSports on golf tipping show The Sweet Spot to give a range of advice further down below.
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The Renaissance Club in East Lothian is a 7,293 yards par 71 with four par 5s, five par 3s and it has hosted since 2019.
It’s a semi-links with trees dotted round the course in some locations. There are heavily contoured greens and a moderate breeze is expected all week.
You need a good short game round these greens although Bernd Wiesberger did win here and you can’t say he has a great short game. You’ll need lots of birdies – Rory McIlroy skips it because he thinks it’s too easy for an Open Championship warm-up.
Will Zalatoris (20/1) has been playing majestic golf at the highest level. Sixth at The Masters, playoff loser at the USPGA, fifth in The Memorial and runner-up in the US Open last time out.
We know he can get twitchy on the short putts, but the rest of his game is so good and Jordan Spieth has similar issues that haven’t stopped him winning majors and getting to world number 1.
I’m not keen on the market leaders who played in the JP McManus Invitational this week – it’s a draining two days with the amateurs at a parkland course and Zalatoris is one of the best players in the field who didn’t go there.
His course form from last year is eye-catching, he was in poor form coming here, but finished 26th so it shows a liking for the course.
Lucas Herbert (45/1) loves UK & Ireland tracks and loves competing in the wind. He was 4th here in 2020, 4th again last year and clearly relishes the layout.
He shot 64 and 66 over the weekend last year and missed out on the play-off by just one shot. He has since become a PGA Tour champion and was also 13th at the USPGA this year. His short game has been in mint condition and 9th in the Irish Open last week was an ideal warm up.
Min Woo Lee (66/1) plays well in the big events – he was 14th on Masters debut and 27th on his US Open debut. Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee are two Aussies who seem to inspire each other – last year Herbert won the Irish Open and Lee won at the Renaissance Club.
He is the defending champion and should go well again. He didn’t find top gear in Ireland last week, but this is a high-class event and I think he can rise to the occasion.
Another DP World Tour champion is Victor Perez (70/1), who has won the Dunhill Links Championship and is based in Dundee. He won his second DP World Tour event at the end of May in the Dutch Open and his putting performance there was jaw-dropping.
Matthew Jordan (150/1) is good enough to win a DP World Tour title and this course sets up perfectly for him. He’s a Hoylake member and as an amateur he won the St Andrew’s Links Trophy and the Lytham Trophy.
He also shot 63 in the first round of the British Masters in 2019 at Hillside, another links track and he was 5th at the Dunhill Links that year too.
Put him on links terrain and he’s a dangerman. He has just qualified for The Open at a links course and any three-figure price about him is well worth it.
Tips (10 places each-way)
20/1 – Will Zalatoris
45/1 – Lucas Herbert
66/1 – Min Woo Lee
70/1 – Victor Perez
150/1 – Matthew Jordan
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