The Old Course at St. Andrew’s – The Home of Golf. The Old Course is not as long as most tour stops, but it remains challenging all the same. Rewards long accurate driving and solid putting.
Carnoustie – Often touted as among the most difficult golf courses in the world, Carnoustie poses a serious challenge to even the world’s best golfers. Tthe OB encroaches on a number of holes, the gorse is a no man’s land. The Barry Burn winds back and forth, and some of the bunkers are hellish (not to mention the military firing range just next door). Players scoring well here will have high fairway accuracy and strokes gained approach.
PRO TIP: **Carnoustie is hosting the Open Championship in 2018, so take note of who plays well here this October.**
Kingsbarnes – By far the longest of the three courses, Kingbarnes features big rolling fairways and tricky greens. The length here shouldn’t be an issue for players although players with above average accuracy stats with their longer irons should be favored.
-23 Tyrrell Hatton (DD: NA, DA: 27, GIR: 10, Scr: 11, PA: 20)
(Runner(s) Up: Ross Fisher & Richard Sterne)
-18 Thorbjorn Olesen (DD: 32, DA: 52, GIR: 6, Scr: 87, PA: 8)
(Runner(s) Up: Brooks Koepka & Chris Stroud)
-17 Oliver Wilson (DD: 64, DA: 89, GIR: 64, Scr: 1, PA: 95)
(Runner(s) Up: Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, & Richie Ramsay)
-23 David Howell (DD: 68, DA: 93, GIR: 10, Scr: 32, PA: 8)
(Runner Up: Peter Uihlein)
-22 Branden Grace (DD: 26, DA: 112, GIR: 10, Scr: 46, PA: 6)
(Runner Up: Thorbjorn Oleson)
TOP BETTING ODDS (BOVADA Oct. 2nd, 2017)
Rory McIlroy – +550
Branden Grace – +1800
Shane Lowry – +2000
Tommy Fleetwood – +2200
Tyrrell Hatton – +2200
Lee Westwood – +2500
Matthew Fitzpatrick – +2500
Chris Wood – +2800
Paul Dunne – +2800
Martin Kaymer – +3300
George Coetzee – +4000
Lucas Bjerregaard – +4000
Thorbjorn Olesen – +4000
Joost Luiten – +4500
Richie Ramsay – +4500
- Lucas Bjerregaard. Won the Portugal Masters and had Top Tens at both Omega Euro and British Masters.
- Eddie Pepperell. Missed the cut at British Masters last week, but had THREE Top Fives in the four weeks prior.
- Paul Dunne. Beat everyone at the British Masters and has tallied two Top Twenties and a Top Ten since mid-August.
- George Coetzee. Top Fifteen last week. Top Ten the week before that. Top Five the week before that. (Trending wrong direction?)
- Graeme Storm. Two Top Fives in the last two weeks.
Rory McIlroy. (+550) The betting favorite, Rory enjoyed a T2 last week after a five-week break. Says this will be his last event of the season.
Tommy Fleetwood. (+2200) Consistently finishes Top Twenty in this event (5 of 6). Missed the British Masters last week to be present at his child’s birth. Says he wants to finish season strong. Will he be focused or distracted by new fatherhood?
Paul Dunne. (+2800) Playing well. Young and fiery. One of the best putters on the Euro Tour (might serve nicely this week). However, just won Sunday…will he be able to calm and focus again so soon?
Shane Lowry. (+2000) Been playing good golf lately and likes it here.
Tyrrell Hatton. (+2200) Defending Champ (after missing cut in 2014 and 2015). Having a great year.
WHO DO WE LIKE?
Richie Ramsay. (+4500) Having a solid year. Leads GIR so far this season and solid DA stats.
Graeme McDowell. (+6600) Recently said he has unfinished business with this event. Has a hot putter.
Chris Wood. (+2800) Having a solid year. Plays well here.
Joakim Lagergren. (+8000) Not in best form despite Top Ten in Netherlands last month. Has two Top Fives in two years here.
Lucas Bjerregaard. (+4000) Missed the cut here last two years, but his recent performance cannot be overlooked.
Lee Westwood (+2500)
Martin Kaymer (+3300)
Padraig Harrington (+6600)