The Big Easy to dominate Loch Lomond again
Scotland will be blessed with some fantastic golf over the next few weeks. Not only is it the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond this week but it is the Open Championship at St Andrews the following week. There is also The Senior Open Championship to enjoy at Carnoustie.
In preparation for St Andrews, many of the world's best players will be honing their skills at the Scottish Open this week on one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.
The players will also be attracted by the winnings on offer, the winner will take home a cheque of £500,000 from a prize fund of £3,000,000.
Mickelson (10/1) is the highest ranked player in the world at Loch Lomond, the world no.2 could usurp Tiger Woods as the world number one if he wins or comes at least second in the event.
The defending champion is Martin Kaymer (16/1), he won last year by two shots from Raphael Jacquelin (55/1).
He will be disappointed that he slipped-up at the French Open last week. The winner of the French Open was Jimenez, he is priced at 33/1, he held his nerve in France to win a three-way playoff. He is fifth in the Ryder Cup rankings, and could do with another win to help cement his place.
The US Open champion McDowell (18/1) will also be competing at Loch Lomond, it is his first competitive outing since his victory at Pebble Beach. He was victorious here back in 2008 and after his victories in America and Wales, he will be looking to make it three wins in three starts.
Canizares is in-form and is a big price at 40/1, he has had five top-10 finishes from his last eight starts, the French Open runner-up could go close again and if had he not found the water so often in France, he probably would have been the event winner.
Thomas Bjorn (50/1) could go close, he won the 1996 Loch Lomond World Invitational while in his rookie season. He is one of Denmark's most successful golfers and he had his first European Tour win in four years at the Estoril Open de Portugal. The field was not spectacular, with one of the smallest purses on the European Tour, but a win is a win.
He obviously loves the course and could be in the reckoning if he plays like he did in Portugal.
Ernie Els (12/1) has won here twice in the past and is always thereabouts come the end of the weekend. The 'Big Easy' has already won twice this year and his third behind McDowell and Havret (66/1) at the US Open, proves he is playing very well at the moment.
He could be excellent value at 12/1 and he knows how to win at Loch Lomond. He will not be taking it easy the week before the British Open.