2016 Scottish Open Odds and Prediction
The European Tour picks up at the 2016 Scottish Open this Thursday, where Rickie Fowler won’t be on hand to defend his 2015 title.
That means we’re for sure getting a new champion at this year’s Scottish Open and with a diluted field, it could be anyone’s tourney to win.
Vegas has a few golfers in mind as favorites already, so let’s dive right in and see who is favored and which sleepers we may want to consider betting on:
Scottish Open Favorites
While some big names are absent from this week’s big tourney, this is still a tournament many golfers want and there is still a deep, competitive field. Let’s see who grades out the best per Bovada:
- Henrik Stenson +850
- Branden Grace +1100
- Phil Mickelson +1600
- Martin Kaymer +2000
- Shane Lowry +2000
- Patrick Reed +2200
- Rafael Cabrera Bello +2200
Stenson enters as the top favorite, as he won his last tourney at the BMW International Open and has actually finished inside the top-10 at this event twice.
The odds start dropping off from there, but the next two guys in line are Grace and Mickelson, who won here in 2013 and has been lights out, save for a “meh” performance at the U.S. Open. He could be ready to dig in and go for his first 2016 win here.
Grace gave Mickelson a run for his money in that 2013 tourney and has really been strong in 2016. Thanks to his history, a 2016 win and three top-10 finishes in his last four runs, he’s a legit threat.
We also can’t rule out Kaymer, who won here in 2009 and has been just hanging around for most of 2016. He doesn’t have a win or any top-10 runs, but he’s lasted until the end in six of seven tourneys.
Lowry and Reed are two other contenders to monitor. Reed has been making deep runs all year (8 top-10 finishes) and could finally be circling a big win, while Lowry is one of the rising favorites after giving a good show at the U.S. Open.
- Andy Sullivan +3000
- Nicolas Colsaerts +4500
- J.B. Holmes +4500
- Steve Stricker +6600
- George Coatzee +10000
- Jeev Milhka Singh +50000
Milhka Singh isn’t the most logical play among the top Scottish Open sleepers, but he did win here in 2012. It might be worth a shot to throw $20 on him and see if he can’t win you back a hefty $10 grand.
These other guys are the real sleepers, as some experts are really high on Coatzee, who seems to be trending upward and tied for third here in 2011.
Holmes and Stricker seem to be solid bets if you’re looking for a steady sleeper, too, as Holmes got a 4th place finish just two tourneys ago and has been impressive, making 11 of 12 cuts on the year. Stricker has a second place run in his last tourney and could be ready to chime in for his first win of 2016, as well.
Of all the sleepers, though, Sullivan and Colsaerts may be the best bets. They obviously don’t offer insane odds like some of these other guys, but that naturally plays into them being somewhat safer bets.
Sullivan is going to be a popular bet, yet he still brings back some gain. He’s been gaining some momentum lately with four top-30 runs in his last six tournaments. He knows this course, too, so he could be ready to get a win in familiar territory.
Scottish Open Prediction
This one is void of last year’s champion and a lot of major talent, but it’s probably one of the more wide open tourneys we’ve seen in a while.
This event returning to Castle Stuart Golf Links has to benefit Phil Mickelson the most here, as he won in 2013 and really has been solid overall in 2016. I think Mickelson gets back on track with a win here just head of the Open Championship.
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