Free Scottish Open Tips

Many top golfers are warming up for next week’s Open Championship in Scotland this week. Read our free Scottish Open tips and analysis.

When Is The Scottish Open 2021?

The 2021 Scottish Open takes place between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 July. The tournament was first played in 1972 and it has been a European Tour regular since 1986.

Where Is The Scottish Open 2021?

The 2021 Scottish Open is being held at the Renaissance Club, which also hosted the event in 2019 and 2020.

The last two editions of the Scottish Open have both been won in a play-off, with Aaron Rai beating Tommy Fleetwood in 2020 and Bernd Wiesberger beating Benjamin Herbert in 2019.

What Par Is The Renaissance Club?

The Renaissance Club is a Par 71 that measures 7,293 yards, but course officials have numerous tees they can use depending on the weather.

The course is located between Archerfield Links and Muirfield on a stretch of land known as the ‘Golf Coast’ in Scotland. But the Renaissance Club is not steeped in history like many Scottish Golf Courses, as it was only opened in 2008 after the designers constructed it in a pine forest.

Despite the trees, rough, gorse, and some deep bunkers, it’s the Scottish Weather that caused the players the most problems last year. Aaron Rai’s -11 winning total was 11 shots worse than the one Wiesberger recorded to win in 2019. But with the weather forecast to be reasonable this week, the winning score is expected to be nearer –20.

Who Is The Favourite For The Scottish Open 2021?</h2.

John Rahm makes his first appearance at the Scottish Open this week, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies making the most recent major winner the clear favourite at around 15/2.

Xander Schauffele is another that heads over from the PGA Tour to make his Scottish Open debut, but he’s still the second favourite behind Rahm at 12/1. He’s joined by fellow debutant Collin Morikawa, who is generally 14/1.

Class acts Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are also priced up at under 20/1. Thomas made his Scottish Open debut in 2019 at the Renaissance Club where he finished ninth. McIlroy will be playing in his seventh Scottish Open, but he’s yet to finish better than 14th. He also only finished 34th in the 2019 edition.

Other notable players towards the head of the market include Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Tommy Fleetwood, and Bernd Wiesberger.

What Are The Best Each-Way Terms At The Scottish Open 2021?

As ever, the bookmakers are competing fiercely for the business of golf punters at this week’s Scottish Open. Boylesports are going a standout 10 places, 1/5 odds, though their odds for many of the leading golfers are shorter than with other firms.

Many bookmakers are betting eight places, 1/5 odds, so make sure you shop around for the best odds for the Scottish National. Sky Bet, Paddy Power, William Hill, 888, Betfair Sportsbook, BetVictor, and Betfred all bet eight places. Meanwhile, Bet365 go against the norm by betting just five places, ¼ odds, while also offering the biggest odds for many players.

Scottish Open Golf Form

There are plenty of big names making their Scottish Open and/or their Renaissance Clun debuts this week but, if you prefer course form, there are several players that have made an impression at one of the last two editions of the Scottish Open:

There are past champions Bernd Wiesberger and Aaron Rai, while previous runner ups Benjamin Herbert and Tommy Fleetwood both return. Robert Rock was tied third in 2019 alongside Romain Langasque.

Players that have finished tied fourth at the Renaissance Club include Lucas Herbert (2020), Henrik Stenson (2019), Andrew Johnston (2019), Andrea Pavan (2019), and Marc Warren (2020). They are joined by past Scottish Open winners Brandon Stone and Eduardo Molinari.

Current Golf Form

Golfers can bounce back to their best form at any time, but there are a lot of players that look out of sorts coming into this week’s Scottish Open.

John Rahm could easily ride the crest of a wave after his US Open win and he’s a double winner of the Irish Open, an event he normally plays rather than the Scottish Open. But Rahm is fancied to save his maximum effort for next week’s Open Championship, along with the other big names in this field.

Players that have caught the eye in recent weeks include Guido Migliozzi. The Italian posted three consecutive top-4 finishes on the European Tour before finishing 13th in the US Open.

Richard Bland has also played excellently since he won his first tournament at The Belfry. He followed that by finishing third and was fourth last time. He also played better than his 50th placed finish at the US Open, where he was first after two rounds. Bernd Wiesberger and Lucas Herbert are also recent winners.

Best Bets For The Scottish Open 2021

You dismiss the classy market leaders at your peril this week but it’s always tempting to go for players at bigger prices in the week before a major.

Bernd Wiesberger is a fair bet at around 35/1 after winning here in 2019 and notching another win recently, and the Austrian is sure to be popular.

Lucas Herbert has showed he can win big events but back-to-back wins is probably a bit too much to ask, despite him having played well at the Renaissance Club before.

125/1 for Richard Bland is insulting in his current form but the 48-year-old has an appalling record in the Scottish Open.

55/1 for Guido Migliozzi is also insulting in his current form and he could easily translate that to a course that should suit, despite two disappointing efforts here in the last two years.

But Andrew Johnston gets the each-way vote at 80/1, or 70/1 if you want eight places. ‘Beef’ played nicely at the renaissance Club in 2019 and should go well after finishing 14th and ninth on his last two starts.

Free Scottish Open Tip

Andrew Johnston (Each-Way)

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