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Rupert Wyman 10th Jul 2012 - 14:45

Fishing for a punt? Try Ross

The European Tour heads to Castle Stuart in Scotland this week, the players will be practicing their game on a links course pre-British Open. It looks a very competitive tournament and there are plenty of world class players on-show.

The players will want to sort out any problems with their game before the British Open. The tournament was reduced to fifty-four holes after horrific weather last year. The defending champion is Luke Donald but he looks a very short price at 8/1.

Donald is a fantastic links player but I would not back him at single figures. He is an immense scrambler but there is plenty of quality in the field.

There is plenty of home-grown talent, a Scottish player has not won this event since Monty was successful back in 1999. David Drysdale (66/1) has been inside the top-15 players in four of his last five events but he has never won on the Tour.

The journeyman golfer is in the form of his life, he is hitting more greens in regulation than ever and he is not bad round the greens. He can be backed at a ¼ odds 1-3 places at 8/1 to finish as top Scotsman!

Colsaerts (20/1) did not make the cut at the Irish Open recently, yet he hit a sixty-seven in his opening round. He is a cracking talent and he has already won on the Tour this year. However, the big hitter is likely to implode at any time and ruin his round.  He played well in France and finished tied for third here last year but he often has a horror round.

There could be a big performance in Scotland from Ross Fisher (22/1). He is in the form of his life of late and due another win on the Tour. He is proven over links courses and he has finished in the top ten in his last four appearances.  He is 1/5 to make the cut and he should have no problem, looking at current form.

Paul Waring (200/1) admitted he was drained after finishing tenth in his first Tour event for over a year at the Irish Open.  He had nerve problems after a wrist injury but the former England amateur champion could put in a big performance in Scotland. In France last week, he started well hitting a 68 in his opening round before a seventy-nine meant he missed the cut.

He can be backed at 125/1 for first round leader and there is no pressure on him to perform. Cabrera-Bello can be backed at 50/1 to win the event, being Spanish, some would think that he is not suited to links style courses but he finished second in Ireland. He is the 15/8 favourite to end the weekend as top Spaniard.



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