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Nic Ladds 12th Jul 2009 - 7:49

Debutant Laird could be top of the Scots

Wouldn't it be magic if Sandy Lyle could roll back the years and be up there competing for his second Open title on the final day? It looks unlikely and he is even a big price at 20/1 to be top Scotsman.

While it may be too late for Sandy, the market suggests it could be time for another ageing star to shine in the portly shape of Colin Montgomerie who is 3/1 favourite to be top of the Scots.

Monty would dearly love to put in a big show in front of a home crowd and he did finish second in 2005 but the last three years have been poor with two cuts and 58 and there look to be better options at bigger prices in what is a very tight market.

A name you may be immediately drawn to is Paul Lawrie who stunned the golfing world back in 1999 when he won the Open at a triple figure price and he is 5/1 to do best of the Scottish this time.

His record since that is dire though as he has only made three cuts out of his last 10 starts in the tournament and it would have to take a spectacular return to form for him to compete here.

David Drysdale is 4/1 second favourite and he has the capability of putting in a good show now and again as his fourth in the BMW International suggests but he doesn't look likely to make any great impression this time round.

In an unfortunately weak line up for the home players a chance is taken on Martin Laird at odds of 5/1 to put in the best performance for Scotland.

He is yet to play an Open but should have some experience of Turnberry, and having plied his trade largely this year with the big boys on the PGA Tour and gained some reasonable finishes he could come on for that experience.

A decent finish of 10 in the Scottish Open recently after shooting a fantastic 65 in the first round shows he comes to the tournament in good heart and is the tentative pick to fly the flag for Scotland.

Martin Laird - 5/1

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