Scottish Open Tips: Each-way selections for the Open Championship warm-up

Eddie Pepperell is Mike's selection as he tries to follow up last week's win
Eddie Pepperell is Mike's selection as he tries to follow up last week's win

We are more than £500 in profit on each-way bets this season after Mike Norman picked 33/1 Bernd Wiesberger at last week's Open de France to score a return on our money for the eighth time. Buoyed by that latest win here are our five players to back at the Scottish Open...

"A links natural who grew up playing this form of golf, Fleetwood's record in Scotland is formidable."

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Tommy Fleetwood @ 41.040/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Kristoffer Broberg @ 67.066/1

Kristoffer Broberg has been in fantastic form of late, the Swede has finished in the top 30 in each of his last four European tour starts, registering a career best result in each of those tournaments. If that run is to continue, we'll be collecting on our investment this week as Broberg put in a wonderful performance to finish second at last year's Scottish Open. It's taken him a while to find his feet on tour but time is very much on the 28 year olds side and if he manages to get his head in front soon, more victories are likely to follow.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Tommy Fleetwood @ 41.040/1

Recognised as a player of serious potential from the moment he turned pro, Tommy Fleetwood is making steady progress towards the top, at a variety of courses far less suitable than a Scottish links. Over the past three months, he ranks second for ball-striking on the European Tour, yielding impressive results in China, the US at the World Matchplay and the elite BMW PGA Championship. A links natural who grew up playing this form of golf, Fleetwood's record in Scotland is formidable. He was fifth at the Dunhill Links on one of his earliest starts in 2011 and has since repeated that result, then finished runner-up in last year's renewal. In addition, his sole win came at Gleneagles.


Joe Dyer: Back Richie Ramsay @ 67.066/1

I'm still smarting from Danny Willett's second round implosion after the Englishman edged towards the lead last week. That is golf though I'm afraid and I'm really looking to the Scottish Open at Gullane where I'll be backing a home player with my weekly £10 bet. It was a slow start to the season for Richie Ramsay who hadn't played the Sunday of a golf tournament for five events in 2015 (four missed cuts and one withdrawal) until breaking that streak by winning his sixth, the Trophee Hassan in March. And though there has been one missed weekend he has been in fine fettle ever since with six top 20 finishes. We know Ramsay can play links golf thanks to a pair of top fives at the Alfred Dunhill and on this week's par 70 his accuracy should be a huge asset.


Steven Rawlings: Back James Morrison @ 51.050/1

James Morrison was in very ordinary form when he finished 16th at Royal Aberdeen in this event 12 months ago and he can do considerably better this time around given he's arguably the hottest player in the field right now. A winner in Spain in May, he finished runner-up to Bernd Wiesberger last week in France and he was leading with a round to go in Germany the week before. His links form is solid if not spectacular but if he can keep his excellent run of form going for one more week he looks sure to figure and at 50/1 he looks a very fair price to me.


Mike Norman: Back Eddie Pepperell @ 126.0125/1

It's been a pretty inconsistent season for Eddie Pepperell but that's perfectly understandable for a youngster still relatively new to the professional ranks. He does have two standout performances however, and they both came at high quality European Tour events. A fourth place finish at the Qatar Masters was an excellent result, and his runner-up finish at the Irish Open - just over a month ago - not only ticks the 'good recent form' box, but it also shows that the Englishman is at ease on a classic links set-up. Admittedly Pepperell's most recent results have been slightly disappointing but his overall profile, not least his performances at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship, suggest the 24-year-old really raises his game for the big events on Tour. At 125/1 he looks well worth an each-way investment.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£524.59

- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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