Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Tips: Five each-way bets for the St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns test

To the links we go
To the links we go

With Rory McIlroy heading the field the Betfair Sportsbook is paying a very welcome six places on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, so can the Betfair golf team serve up an equally welcome winner or two with their each-way picks? 

"England's Ross Fisher, who lost in a play-off here in 2008, ticks all of the trends boxes including price and with six places on offer, he looks worth chancing at a triple-figure price."

Steven Rawlings: Back Ross Fisher @ 101.0100/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 6 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Brooks Koepka  @ 41.040/1

Europeans at the head of the market will surely be under-prepared and running on little but adrenaline following their Ryder Cup exertions while none of the losing US team have stayed behind to play this week. However, American Brooks Koepka tees it up and he will fancy his chances of competing when the two teams meet again at Hazeltine in 2016. Koepka already has a victory in Scotland to his name (Scottish Hyrdro Challenge, 2013) and, despite not having yet won at the top level, was reportedly in Tom Watson's Ryder Cup thoughts this time around and has also been nominated for PGA Tour rookie of the year following an excellent season. 

Joe Dyer: Back Marc Warren @ 41.040/1

Marc Warren is enjoying a fine year on the European Tour and I fancy the Scot to enjoy himself at a tournament where he finished fifth in 2011. A winner in mid-August at the Made in Denmark, Warren saves his best for events in northern Europe, having won the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles and the Scandinavian Masters back in 2007 and 2006. The 33-year-old's career went a bit wonky after that explosive start but he appears to have found his best this year. Alongside that fifth place, Warren's event record includes two top-20s while he has also finished third on two occasions at the Scottish Open so we know he can play links golf. He might just be inspired to go close again back on Scottish turf, especially after Europe's successful defence of the Ryder Cup.  

Steven Rawlings: Back Ross Fisher @ 101.0100/1

The last three Alfred Dunhill Links Championships have been won by an outsider and six of the last seven had already won an event earlier in the season. And had Peter Uihlein beaten David Howell in the play-off last year it would have been eight straight winners. Players with bundles of links golf experience hold a significant advantage so home grown players do really well and 10 of the 13 winners to date have been from the UK or Ireland. Having won the Tshwane Open in March, England's Ross Fisher, who lost in a play-off here in 2008, ticks all of the trends boxes including price and with six places on offer, he looks worth chancing at a triple-figure price.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Danny Willett @ 34.033/1

Danny Willett has looked an improved player this season, much more consistent and set to fulfil his widely recognised potential, but the only thing lacking is a second European Tour win. Where better to correct that statistic than the scene of arguably his best ever performance? Four years ago, when still very inexperienced and a shadow of his current self, Willett played a blinder to finish runner-up behind Martin Kaymer, in what was equally one of the German's best ever displays. He's since confirmed that liking for this trio of links courses by finishing fifth in 2012.

Mike Norman: Back Joost Luiten @ 26.025/1

Joost Luiten was made 12/1 favourite to win the Wales Open two weeks ago on the back of some excellent form (fourth at the Italian Open and fifth in the KLM Open). He duly obliged in Wales, recording his third European Tour victory in 15 months, and yet in a similar strength field this week he is more than double the price he was a fortnight ago. I don't get that. Obviously the presence of world number one Rory McIlroy has pushed the rest of the field's odds out, but I'm very happy to back Luiten at 25/1 each-way with the Sportsbook paying out on six places. We know that the Dutchman is an excellent links golf player and he's gone well in this very tournament previously; ninth in 2011 and a top-25 finish last year when only a poor final round sent him tubling down the leaderboard. High on confidence and very much in form, he will surely go well again this week.

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£526.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£70.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£61.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£146.25
5. Mike Norman: -£268.75

Overall: +£243.00

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