Scottish Open Tips: Three to play in the First Round Leader market

England's Chris Wood
Chris Wood can get off to a quick start
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Last week yielded place returns for tips at 100/1 and 80/1 and Dave Tindall is looking for more early success in the Scottish Open...

"A renowned links performer, Wood will be loving this stretch of the season and, after some solid starts in recent weeks (he's been in the top 25 after day one in each of his last four tournaments), I'll back the big Bristolian to come out fast here."

Back Chris Wood each-way @ 55/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places

Weather: It's a mixture of sun and cloud on Thursday but the main thing to notice is that the wind picks up in the afternoon.

First-round leader/tee-times in 2015:

63 Thorbjorn Olesen (07:40)
65 Matthew Nixon (07:30), Adrian Otaegui (07:30), Jimmy Walker (08:20), Johan Carlsson (11:10), Alejandro Canizares (11:20), Seven Benson (14:50), Richard Finch (10:50)
66 Rickie Fowler (08:30), Matt Kuchar (08:40), Graeme McDowell (08:40), Justin Rose (13:20).

There's a definite early bias there and that's likely to be the case again this week. Any moisture in the greens will be there for the early starters before vanishing as the day goes on. The a.m. wave look to have a clear edge.

Wood can make early mark

Chris Wood has finished tied second at the Open de France and tied 14th in the Irish Open on his last two starts and yet admitted in France that his long game wasn't quite there.

It's coming but this week's track at Gullane will allow a few imperfections on that front.

What's more important is short game and Wood's blade is hot as shown by Putting Average rankings of 8th, 8th, 3rd in his last three starts.

A renowned links performer, Wood will be loving this stretch of the season and, after some solid starts in recent weeks (he's been in the top 25 after day one in each of his last four tournaments), I'll back the big Bristolian to come out fast here.

He's got an ideal 08:30 tee-time so take the industry-best 55/1 that Wood appears high, and hopefully at the top of the Thursday leaderboard.

Count on Campillo

Jorge Campillo has been absolutely flying this season and tied third in Ireland last week was his sixth top five of the campaign.

That he can perform so well on a links course like Ballyliffin has obvious relevance this week and I see no reason why he can't keep his hot form going.

In his last six starts, Campillo had a piece of the lead at the Belgian Knockout (strokeplay on day one) while he was joint second after the opening lap of the BMW International Open in Germany.

Third for Scrambling and second for Putting Average in Ireland, those are the short-game numbers that suggest he can make hay from his 09:50 tee-time.

Have some 66/1.

Sullivan a strong bet at 50s

I must admit I had to double check the odds after seeing that Andy Sullivan was 50/1 for first-round leader.

The Englishman is in fantastic form with five top 10 finishes in his last seven starts while he's made the top 10 in the last two Scottish Opens.

He gave us the latest glimpse of his links prowess with T6 in the Irish Open and ranked in the top 10 for Scrambling to show that his short game is strong.

Is the 50s due to him making slow starts? Hardly. Sullivan was in second spot after day one of the Open de France and also in the top three after 18 holes at the Sicilian Open.

In two of his last three starts in Scotland he's been in the top four at the close of play in R1 (Muirfield 2016 and this event two years ago) so he's a must play from his 09:10 tee-time.

Dave's 2017/18 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £450
Returned: £484.16
P/L: +£34.16

(After the Irish Open)

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