Scottish Open: European Tour Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/12/18
The 2018 Scottish Open
Scottish Open: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Gullane Golf Club) See the Latest Odds
We take a trip across the pond for the Scottish Open, which will be played this year at the Gullane Golf Club. This event debuted in 1935 and has been decided by a playoff in three of the last six years. With a somewhat loaded field but big odds available outside of the top favorites, you have a chance to cash a big payout this weekend.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar will be well rested after not playing since missing the cut in the US Open. Regardless, Kuchar was in great form, as he made the cut in 16 of his last 18 events and produced three top-10 finishes overall. Kuchar has finished no worse than 10th in each of his last three appearances at the Scottish Open, which includes a runner-up finish in 2015. Kuchar has proven to be a big tournament player and should be ready to make a run in a field that doesn’t have a clear favorite. I like my chances with Kuchar and +2200 odds.
Rickie Fowler - You can make an argument Rickie Fowler is the hottest golfer on the planet right now, as he’s finished 20th or better in each of his last four events and has top-25 finishes in six of his last seven events. Even though there haven’t been any wins during this stretch, it’s just super consistent golf and gives you a chance to cash each week. Fowler won the Scottish Open in 2015 and has top-10 finishes in all three appearances. Yes, Fowler is a must play at +1000 odds.
Louis Oosthuizen - Besides a fourth place finish in 2007, Louis Oosthuizen hasn’t had much success at the Scottish Open, which includes missing the cut in three of his last five appearances. However, Oosthuizen is playing some of the best golf of his life right now, as he’s finished no worse than 16th in each of the last seven times he’s made the cut. The South African is starting to put something together, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finally gets in the win column. Oosthuizen is worth a look at +2500 odds.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello - Rafael Cabrera-Bello has missed the cut in each of his last two events, but let’s not forget he put together back-to-back top-10 finishes in the BMW PGA Championship and Italian Open. When he makes it to the weekend, Cabrera-Bello has been one of the more consistent golfers who racks up top-10 finishes and keeps himself in the hunt for a strong finish. Of course, Cabrera-Bello won the Scottish Open last year and has finished 27th or better in three of his last four appearances overall. The Spaniard is worth consideration at +2500, as he looks to become the first player to win this event back-to-back years.
Lee Westwood - You can get Lee Westwood at +6000 odds, which is a downright steal. Westwood hasn’t been in the best of forms, but he is coming off a top-20 finish at the Irish Open and did finish fifth in the Italian Open, so it hasn’t been all bad. The real real reason to play Westwood is his consistency at the Scottish Open, as he won this event in 1998 but also has top-25 finishes in 13 of his 17 appearances. Basically, when Westwood makes the cut in this event, he’s in the running for a victory. You can’t put together a card this week and leave Westwood off it.