GOLF BETTING – BET ON THE SCOTTISH OPEN – 10th July
The Scottish Open has been played at Loch Lomond since 1996, just two years after the course was opened. In a relatively short time, the tournament and venue have grown in stature, becoming a highlight of the European Tour. Traditionally held the week before The Open Championship, The Barclays Scottish Open is one of the most popular events on The European Tour schedule.
Three out of the world’s top four golfers will tee up in the 2008 event, to be staged at Loch Lomond Golf Club from July 10th to 13th. Phil Mickelson, the world number two (13/2 with 888sport) and the third ranked Ernie Els, a dual winner of the Championship, (10/1 with 888sport) return after filling the places behind Frenchman Gregory Havret last year (888sport offer 60/1 for a repeat). Adam Scott, who last played at Loch Lomond in 2005 and currently ranked number four in the world, also stakes his claim (12/1 with 888sport).
At the time of writing, the only prices on offer are from betting exchange, BetFair, and 888sport, though the other “fixed-odds” bookmakers such as Victor Chandler, Blue Square, Sky Bet and their colleagues are likely to be pricing up the event in the immediate future. The field also includes last year’s US Open Champion Angel Cabrera (28/1, 888sport) and 2007 Match Play winner Henrik Stenson (22/1). A strong Great Britain and Ireland contingent is headed by two former winners, Lee Westwood (14/1) and Colin Montgomerie (33/), as well as Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke (50/1). Other 2008 European Tour winners to confirm they will play at Loch Lomond include Richard Finch (100/1), Graham McDowell (33/1) and 2004 champion Thomas Levet (40/1). All prices from 888sport.
Last year, Gregory Havret defeated Mickelson in a dramatic sudden-death play-off to become the 20th golfer to claim The Barclays Scottish Open title and then left the large crowd in no doubt about what the victory meant to him. “It feels awesome to have won,” said the Frenchman after collecting the £½ million winner’s cheque. prize. “It’s a dream come true. I have to say that the French Open is obviously very important for me, but, after that, to win in Scotland is just something else.” Adam Scott, who closed with a breath-taking eleven under par 61 to win this year’s Qatar Masters, spoke for many of his peers when he said: “I am really looking forward to returning to Loch Lomond to participate in The Barclays Scottish Open. It’s a great tournament, set on a fantastic golf course and a week that the players always enjoy.”
England’s Oliver Wilson, (60/1 with 888sport) hopes to be back in action at the Scottish Open, despite withdrawing from The European Open because of tendinitis in his left shoulder. The problem is thought to have been brought on by three weeks of playing on hard ground.