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Check out Paul Krishnamurty's best trio of golf bets available at 99-1 or better on this week's events...

"Jonathan Byrd is one of those journeymen types who are always attractively priced, yet whose win ratio belies the numbers."

Back Jonathan Byrd 2u @ [330.0]

This week's two events do not share much in common - the Scottish Open presents all the challenges one would expect from a true links, whereas the John Deere Classic is an out-and-out PGA Tour birdie-fest. Both, however, have previously offered useful indicators for next week's Open Championship. For more details and a full overview, check out Steve Rawling's previews of both events.

Scottish Open preview
John Deere Classic preview

Lewis interesting after improvement in Ireland

Back Tom Lewis 1u each-way @ 150/1 (1/5 odds, eight places)

As always, our first port of call for studying form in the Scottish Open is to check past form on links courses. My first pick sprung to fame when leading the Open Championship as an amateur and has confirmed his liking for this type of challenge since in the Dunhill Links.

Lewis seemed to be making big strides last season, winning the Portugal Masters during a particularly hot spell, and he started 2019 well enough with a couple of top-tens during the Gulf Swing. He's slipped down the betting order since due to some disappointments, often in the USA, but his iron play has remained strong and there were signs of life during last week's opening rounds on an Irish links.

Talented Crocker worth a punt on links

Back Sean Crocker 1u each-way @ 200/1 (1/5 odds, eight places)

Having missed last week's cut and lacking much links experience at all, it is harder to confirm that Sean Crocker will enjoy it. However this is a very high-class prospect available at huge odds - [400.0] on the exchange - and there are some very positive signals from other venues.

Doha GC, home to the Qatar Masters, is no links but it is exposed and the form correlates well. So too the Trophee Hassan. Crocker sat third at the former through 54 holes in 2018 and was runner-up in the latter in April. The 22 year-old American also showed plenty of promise on fast-running courses in Australia over the past two winters.

For alternatives, check out our each-way column which involves triple-figure priced bets on Andrea Pavan and Mikko Korhonen, while Steve's pick Lucas Bjerregaard is [160.0] on the exchange.

Byrd's course form is worth its weight in gold

Back Jonathan Byrd 2u @ [330.0]
Place order to lay 20u @ [20.0]
Place order to lay 30u @ [5.0]

The John Deere Classic produced an absolute miracle winner last year but, broadly, it is one of the more reliable 'form' events as evidenced by the repeat winners and various mainstays in contention. Course form stands up well amongst outsiders, too.

That leads me to take a punt on an old favourite. Jonathan Byrd is one of those journeymen types who are always attractively priced, yet whose win ratio belies the numbers. He's won five times on the PGA Tour and landed the competitive Tour Championship in 2017.

One of those PGA Tour titles came here in 2007, four years after finishing runner-up. He was fifth only two years ago. Recent form is respectable enough, with 14th place in Canada last time his seventh top-30 from relatively few starts at this level over the past year. He finished fourth at Corales at the end of March.

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