Lee Dover | Golf
The Open Championship is just a week away but there is still the £2.5million Scottish Open that starts on Thursday before Royal Lytham hogs the spotlight.
The biggest names in European and American golf will tee it up to get back in the swing of links golf before Britain’s only Major.
World No 1 Luke Donald is obviously the man to watch at Castle Stuart as he looks to be the first player to win back-to-back Scottish Open titles.
The Englishman has already won consecutive BMW PGA Championship trophies.
Paddy Power is offering 7/1 that Donald will take the golf world by storm once more and add another title to his ever-growing trophy cabinet.
If there is one man who can derail Donald from glory at Castle Stuart though, then Padraig Harrington is worth a look especially when he can produce links golf-shot like this at the 17th hole in the 2008 Open Championship.
The Irishman has gathered plenty of momentum heading into the Scottish Open tying for fourth in the US Open and then clinching seventh spot in the Irish Open and has his sights set on success in Scotland.
I’m not thinking of The Open when I’m playing the Scottish Open. I’m thinking of the Scottish Open all the way through. It’s a big enough title that you want to win it in its own right.
A multiple Major winner at 30/1 in the field is a rarity but Phil Mickelson is 20/1 in Paddy Power’s online betting to stroll to glory in the Scottish Open.
Admittedly the 42-year-old has not had the best preparation – going seven consecutive rounds without breaking par is never a good sign.
But every slump has to come to an end. Just ask Tiger Woods, who went without a trophy for almost three years after one of the biggest falls from grace in sporting history and now tops the betting for next week’s Open with three tournament wins this season already.