The Scottish Open has become one of the integral fixtures on the European Tour and Barclays Scottish open betting offers a fascinating insight into the form horses heading into the Open championship which follows a week later.
Loch Lomond could not be more different than the links courses which host the major championship, but Barclays Scottish open betting odds can nevertheless offer a rewarding insight to the weeks ahead.
The parkland course rewards the big hitters and although the likes of Phil Mickelson use the tournament as preparation for the links challenges ahead, Golf betting generally favours those with power off the tee, imagination around the greens and a dead eye with the short stick. For tips, look for the players who top the accuracy charts on the European Tour and with water a constant danger, Barclays Scottish Open betting favours those who hit the short grass.
The Scottish Open has been played at Loch Lomond since 1996 and past winners have included the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell¬ – major winners all and a sign of the field’s inherent quality – an important factor when contemplating a Barclays Scottish Open bet.
The only home player to have won the tournament remains Colin Montgomerie, but Stephen Gallacher was close to success in 2010 and should be among the early favourites for a bet on Barclays Scottish Open success in the years ahead.
Italian Edoardo Molinari won the title in 2010, a result which surprised many, including himself, as he had not been favoured in early Barclays Scottish Open betting odds.
Predictions on the European Tour are seldom straight forward. Such is the Tour’s strength in depth, there are few obvious results on any given Sunday and punters enjoying Barclays Scottish open bets will acknowledge that this tournament is no different.
The 150 plus players who tee up in the tournament offer a fantastic pool of talent from which a Barclays Scottish Open bet may be selected. Questions abound on the opening day: will the favourite make the cut? Who will be the best amateur? Who will make the top 10? Who will win it? It follows that the punter placing his Barclays Scottish Open bets at this stage is guaranteed value.
Designed by legendary American Tom Weiskopf , the course becomes even more of beast when the rain falls, as it so often does during a Scottish summer, which means it pays to identify big hitters when betting on Barclays Scottish Open success.
As one golf journalist commented: “Most people have heard the story about the Japanese golfer who asked why these tournaments were not played during a Scottish summer, because it’s a fact that the weather is one of the key features when it comes to winning a tournament in Britain at any time. Unpredictable weather is a permanent fixture.
“Betting on Barclays Scottish open success for one of the home players is perhaps more a case of wishful thinking. Although Monty has won the tournament, as has McDowell, Lee Westwood is the only other British winner, something to consider when you are mulling over the Barclays Scottish open betting markets.
“Live Scottish open betting really comes into play after the turn on the Sunday afternoon, that’s when golf betting gets really interesting. At this point, it pays to keep a close eye on the internet to see who is making a hash of the closing holes as you re-visit Barclays Scottish open betting prices.
“Online bookmakers in particular are keen to give away free bets during the tournament, mainly because there are so many variables to take into account. In my experience, it pays to follow the guys in form rather than those players who are using the tournament as mere practice. They might be the big names, but the canny predictor of golfing outcomes tends to give them a miss as they will be building their ‘A-game’ for future tournaments. Harsh but true.
“UK crowds love a home winner, but the truth is, golf betting is a form of wagering where you should follow your head and not your heart.
“Naturally, online Scottish open betting is enormously popular as any online bookmaker knows only too well this tournament brings half of the west coast of Scotland to a standstill. He’ll be looking to tempt punters with a free bet and probably tending to favour international players in his Barclays Scottish open betting markets.”