Matthew Fitzpatrick 33/1
Soren Kjeldsen 50/1
Marc Warren 50/1
Paul Lawrie 66/1
Stephen Gallacher 125/1
Oliver WIlson 300/1
Odds courtesy of www.ladbrokes.com
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championships is a unique one indeed. Unlike most tournaments this is played at three links courses over the four days. The players will play rounds at the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Although this does limit the amount of practice that is possible, it does make a little more unpredictable to call. Last year Oliver Wilson won the title and at 300/1 has a good outside chance of pacing in the top 6. Like I say, anything can happen. Not a bad outside bet for those who like their odds large.
With a lot of big names taking part in the tournament this year (Shane Lowry, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Branden Grace) it would be easy to forget about some of the other lesser known players.
Matthew Fitzpatrick has had a stellar season. 5 top 5 places this year in his first professional season. A second place at the at the European Masters and a 3rd place at both the Czech Masters and Italian Open. This boy is looking hot. Although is yet to win it is simply a case of when, not if. Three different courses will take him back to his amateur days that will still be fresh in his head.
Soren Kjeldson has been also been impressive this year. His odds at 50/1 don't really represent his form. Winning the Irish Open earlier in year, he can also add a 2nd place finish at Made in Denmark and the Nordea Masters. T-12 at the Bridgestone also made the world take notice. With the Irish Open played on a tough Links...he could produce once again.
With Scotland the annual host for this event it would be naive not to include some Scots in your thinking. Lawrie and Warren both performed strongly at the Old Course during the Open. Warren has hit the top 4 in Scotland already this year at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay and the Scottish Open. He likes being home. Lawrie may not have had the best of seasons but a strong Open at St. Andrews and a previous winner at Carnoustie. He likes at least two of these courses. At 66/1 he could be a good Each Way.
My third Scot is Richie Ramsey. A winner on the tour this year and four top 10's to boot. Surely he'll enjoy coming home too? Well he did last year finishing T-2nd at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Yes you could go for the favourites like Danny Willet, Shane Lowry and Martin Kaymer...but given the unpredictability of playing three courses you may fancy thinking about these 6 before making your final selection.
NB: Ramsey not playing. Bet given back. Switched to Stephen Gallacher