Elite golfers, Downton Abbey stars, Ballon d’Or winners and matchplay format; it could only be the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The Old Course at St Andrews, recently host to the 144th Open Championship, alongside revered Scottish links layouts Carnoustie and Kingsbarns stage the 2015 edition for the 15th consecutive year of the tournament’s existence.
Despite its unique celebrity feel, a whopping $5m prize fund ensures winning is still a very serious business. The favourite to do just that is Martin Kaymer at 16/1.
The two-time major winner’s claims are without doubt right up there, as Kaymer not only boasts an Alfred Dunhill Links triumph in 2010, but the German is also in fine touch heading to Scotland for the week.
Second at the Open d’Italia on his last European Tour outing, the Ryder Cup star’s dual affinitity for links and matchplay golf will magnetise plenty of punters.
As always with huge fields, there is a steady stream of prime candidates, set at juicy each-way prices for glory, and principle among those is Englishman Danny Willett.
One place behind Kaymer in Italy thanks to a sensational closing round of 66, Willett has a genuine chance of superseding current leader Rory McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai standings before the season ends.
At 20/1 Willett looks a perfect fit to better a pair of top-five finishes at the Dunhill Links over his six appearances.
This is largely due to his magnificent performance at the Open, over the Old Course, which plays host to the final pairings on Sunday at the Dunhill Links.
Opening rounds of 66 and 69 saw Willett enter the weekend nine-under par, just one shot behind Dustin Johnson, before the Sheffield native ended the hunt for the Claret Jug in a split for sixth.
Should the dialled-in Englishman be in the mix come Sunday, such a command of the Old Course will weigh heavily in Willett’s favour.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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