Golf preview & tips at $85 and $141: 2022 Scottish Open

Golf preview Scottish Open preview
Golf preview Scottish Open preview

The Scottish Open always attracts a high-quality field, as the week before a Major many players wish to acclimatise to UK conditions and overcome the jetlag with a few rounds on the windswept fairways of Caledonia.

So before looking ahead to next week’s 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, let’s take a trip up north to preview the action in Scotland.

Scottish Open

This is now the traditional “starter” before the main course, as the Scottish Open provides a final warm-up for players looking to play well in the upcoming Open Championship. Previously the event was held at Loch Lomond (1996-2011) but the tournament is now held on other courses to give the players better practice of links-style golf. Either ways it pulls in a quality line-up, more so after Phil Mickelson bucked the trend in 2013 and did the Scottish Open-Open Championship double for the first time in many years.

Prizemoney $8m ($1.1m to the winner)

Field 156

Highest ranked players Scheffler (1), Rahm (3), Morikawa (4), Thomas (5), Smith (6), Cantlay (7), Burns (9), Fitzpatrick (10), Schauffele (11), Zalatoris (13).

2021 result
-18 Min Woo Lee ($151, won play-off)
-18 Matt Fitzpatrick ($29)
-18 Thomas Detry ($67)
-17 Ian Poulter ($41)
-17 Ryan Palmer ($81)
-17 Lucas Herbert ($81)

Recent winners
2020 Aaron Rai
2019 Bernd Wiesberger
2018 Brandon Stone
2017 Rickie Fowler
2016 Alex Noren

Scottish Open: The Course

72-Hole Record 265: Tim Clark (2005)

18-Hole Record 61: Bernd Wiesberger (2019)

Scottish Open: The Weather

These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

Robert MacIntyre $85 with TopSport

MacIntyre has kicked on in 2022, as many predicted, and the 25-year-old Scot still remains a golfer of tremendous potential. His results certainly haven’t been helped by a barren run in the US, but 15th in the Genesis and 23rd in the Masters do catch the eye. MacIntyre has performed better near home, with a 13th last week in Ireland the perfect prep for the Renaissance. He was 14th here in 2020, and 18th last year, so MacIntyre clearly likes this place. The front of the market is super-competitive, but the week before a Major there is often great value further down the field. Mac is one such example.

Erik Van Rooyen $141 with TopSport

EVR has been on a miserable run of form in the US this year. In fact, he arrives in Scotland having missed his last 4 cuts (and 5 in the last 6). But among those results was a 10th place in the RBC Heritage, and Van Rooyen was also Top 20 at the Players Championship. Like many South Africans, he’s perfectly at home on open, windy courses and this is shown by results of 14-6 on his only two visits to this week’s venue. Again, I feel the layers have been hugely dismissive of a proven links golfer, and in a week where anything could happen these big-priced players stand a far better chance of competing than in most weeks.

The Golf Insider is a GUN. Look at these winners, all since the start of 2020…

Sebastian Garcia-Rodriguez $126, Roger Sloan $126, Mark Hubbard $126, Tom Hoge $101, Pablo Larrazabal $91, Jeff Winther $91, Nino Bertasio $81, Sam Burns $67, Jhonattan Vegas $67, Lucas Herbert $67, Haotong Li $67, Joaquin Niemann $58, Brian Stuard $51, Ted Potter Jr $51, Russell Henley $51, Victor Perez $51, Harold Varner $51, JT Poston $51, John Catlin $46, Pablo Larrazabal $46, Max Homa $41, Talor Gooch $41.

… and there’s plenty more!