There’s no better way to prepare for the Open Championship than the Scottish Open, and Ladbrokes go top price at 20/1 about 2013 winner Phil Mickelson taking the laurels at Gullane Golf Club, with the Californian in form following a trio of top-five finishes in his last six tournaments, including tied-second at the Masters.
However, one of the reasons the second-favourite is such a chunky price ahead of this event is that the Scottish Open will be hosted at Gullane for the first time, and there’s no European Tour form to go on at the East Lothian course.
With that in mind, 66/1 Scot Marc Warren, who finished in this event’s top three at Castle Stuart in 2012 and at Royal Aberdeen last year, must be worth a nibble.
The 34-year-old broke into the world’s top 50 with a number of fine performances around the turn of the year, including second behind Branden Grace at the Qatar Masters, and tied for 27th at the US Open last month, which suggests he’s in fine fettle ahead of another links test.
Padraig Harrington should also be of some interest at 80/1, as the two-time Open Championship winner found his best form for seven years to take the PGA Tour Honda Classic in February, and has made a couple of decent cuts since, including when T42 at the Players Championship six weeks ago.
Having lifted the Claret Jug twice it’s clear the 43-year-old Irishman can find his way round a links course, and considering Harrington won the 2007 Open at Carnoustie, a famously-treacherous terrain up the east coast from Gullane, he could be the wild card to back at an unpredictable venue.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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