Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2017: This week's essential European Tour guide

Rickie Fowler is chasing a second Scottish Open title in three years
Rickie Fowler is chasing a second Scottish Open title in three years

Andy Swales supplies the current form stats for this week's prestigious European Tour event on the famed Ayrshire coast...


"Austrian Bernd Wiesberger could well offer a decent each-way bet this week, having played pretty solid golf for the best part of 10 months."

Week two of the links trilogy takes the European Tour to Ayrshire for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Dundonald links, which is hosting a top professional tournament for the first time, is laid out along the same stretch of coastline as three of golf's most famous courses - Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick.

But unlike this trio of Open venues, which all have long and distinguished histories, Dundonald dates back less than two decades.

In contrast, this superbly crafted links only came into being 14 years ago.

However, this same piece of land had previously been a golf course for a handful of decades during the early part of the 20th century, until being converted for military use during the Second World War.

And that was how it remained until the early years of the new millennium when architect Kyle Phillips was commissioned to design a modern links.

Thanks to a prize fund of seven million euros, and the tournament's close proximity to The Open Championship, the Scottish Open can offer one of the strongest events on this year's European Tour calendar.


Form Horses


Two transatlantic visitors in decent current shape are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

The former is a recent Scottish Open winner, having tasted victory over the links of Gullane two years ago, while Kuchar is teeing-up for the first time since the US Open.

Kuchar also knows his way around a links course, and actually finished a joint runner-up to Fowler in that same tournament in 2015.

Patrick Reed is another American to make the trip, with the 26-year-old posting an eighth top-25 performance from nine starts on Sunday.

As for home grown talent, Richie Ramsey enjoys the challenge of links golf.

Ramsey tied-for-second in Ireland over the weekend, having not had a top-10 finish in a strokeplay event since the Scottish Open 12 months ago.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger could well offer a decent each-way bet this week, having played pretty solid golf for the best part of 10 months, while Henrik Stenson and fellow Swede Alex Noren - the defending champion - have both enjoyed some strong Scottish links performances in the past.


Out of Sync


Rory McIlroy continues to struggle, following yet another missed cut at the Irish Open last week, while Russell Knox and Martin Kaymer have hardly threatened the top-25 since the end of April.


Outsider


And if you are searching for some decent odds further down the pecking order then Peter Uihlein may offer some relief.

The American tied-14th in Ireland on Sunday, having finished runner-up in France seven days earlier, and has enjoyed some links success in the past.

Four years ago he lost a play-off at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship over the Old Course at St Andrews.


Form on Scottish Links


Most Top-15 Finishes (Last Six Years)

7: Marc Warren
5: Henrik Stenson
5: Tyrrell Hatton
5: Alex Noren
5: Chris Wood
5: Nicolas Colsaerts
4: Richie Ramsay
4: Bernd Wiesberger
4: David Howell
4: Luke Donald
4: Rory McIlroy
4: Martin Kaymer
4: Soren Kjeldsen


Table Below Shows Current Form (Last 10 Weeks)


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18
Rory McIlroy MC 17 MC 35
Henrik Stenson 10 MC 26 3 16
Alex Noren 10 MC 15 1 10 31
Rickie Fowler 3 5 MC 2 60
Adam Scott MC 10 31 6 36
Matt Kuchar 16 4 12 9 82
Patrick Reed 20 17 5 13 57 20 22 12
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC MC 30 41
Bernd Wiesberger 27 20 16 15 30 12
Jason Dufner MC 1 MC 13 60
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 26 42 4 MC 4 24
Branden Grace 50 9 48
Matthew Fitzpatrick 54 MC 35 2 12 MC
Emiliano Grillo 43 MC 40 24 11 42
Russell Knox MC 62 MC 37 65 MC MC
Ross Fisher 7 MC 22 9 MC
Martin Kaymer 57 MC 35 MC 69
Byeong Hun An 29 66 MC 25 24 5 8
Jeung-Hun Wang MC Wd MC 8 MC
Chris Wood Wd MC 2 49
Anirban Lahiri 17 2 MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 20 13 51 8 30
Dylan Frittelli MC MC 14 1 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 62 MC 71 30 MC
Alexander Levy MC 57 MC 15 51
Ian Poulter 42 45 31 40 35 2
Luke Donald MC MC MC 65 MC
Martin Laird 3 MC 32 52 MC MC 42
Thongchai Jaidee MC 62 MC 53 54
Peter Uihlein 14 2 MC 78 25 30
Brandon Stone MC MC 31 35 MC
David Lingmerth 64 5 26 21 15 12 72 18
Pablo Larrazabal MC 16 14 MC 24
Fabrizio Zanotti 30 55 67 MC MC
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC 27 29 69 18
Scott Hend 20 32 34 47 24 6
Hao Tong Li 36 7 68 26 30 3
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC Dq 12 41 14 6
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 55 26 8 3 58
Dean Burmester 58 MC 82 9 22
David Lipsky MC MC 10 30 MC 20
Andrew Johnston MC 23 42 21 MC
Renato Paratore MC MC 6 1 MC 23
Alexander Bjork MC 3 34 15 MC 14 27
Jordan Smith 20 30 44 21 40 48
Richard Sterne MC 50 34 47 MC
Dave Horsey 48 75 2 51 7
Bradley Dredge 13 27 MC 15 40 MC
George Coetzee MC MC 14 MC 4 MC 8
Jaco Van Zyl Wd MC 20 MC 36 14
Victor Dubuisson MC MC 34 24
Graeme Storm MC 38 67 15 41 6
Richard Bland MC MC 2 64 53 MC MC
Matt Wallace MC MC MC 10 MC 38 1
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 3 MC MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC 20 MC 40
Ryan Fox 4 6 26 23 21 MC MC
Rikard Karlberg 54 45 5 47 MC MC
Thomas Detry 48 MC 2 MC MC 65
Stewart Cink 58 46 10 25 10 MC
Padraig Harrington 42 17 31 MC
Paul Dunne 54 13 MC MC 30
Sam Brazel 62 MC MC 57 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 50 8 MC 57 MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 57 14 68 MC
Brett Rumford MC MC 34 57 MC Wd
Thomas Aiken MC 23 58 MC MC
Gregory Bourdy 30 57 MC 21 62
Mikko Korhonen 38 75 2 MC 11
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC MC MC 40 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 15 30 58
Marcus Fraser 36 MC MC MC MC 5
James Morrison MC MC 34 MC MC 23
Andrew Dodt 20 MC 65 6 38
Matthieu Pavon 42 MC MC 6 MC MC 3
Romain Langasque 58 50 31 MC MC MC MC
Peter Hanson 14 MC 44 62 21
Pep Angles MC 50 MC MC MC 4 MC
Alexander Knappe MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC MC 30 MC
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener MC 38 85 MC MC 5
Jamie Donaldson Wd 32 14 7 MC 58
Lasse Jensen MC 32 MC 62 MC MC
Sam Walker 20 MC MC MC MC MC 4
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC 1 22
Paul Waring MC 16 52 36 MC
Benjamin Hebert 8 MC MC MC 8 58
Anthony Wall 20 Wd 31 MC MC 40
Soomin Lee 58 MC MC MC MC 8 8
Ricardo Gouveia MC 38 MC MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy 1 59 5 MC 48 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 73 MC MC
Julien Quesne 8 62 82 MC MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC MC MC 10 MC MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 16 82 20 MC 24
Scott Jamieson 14 MC MC 21 14 38
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 59 7 62 MC
Shih-Chang Chan MC MC MC MC Wd 56 MC MC
Matteo Manassero 48 MC MC 72 30 48
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC MC 31
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC 18
Matthew Southgate 2 MC 51 57 65 MC MC
Paul Peterson 48 MC MC MC 40 67
Mikko Ilonen MC MC MC MC 62
Adrian Otaegui 20 7 51 MC MC MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 23 MC 16 43 8 38 MC
Paul Lawrie MC 44 MC 59
Robert Rock MC 30 MC MC MC 12
Richie Ramsay 2 MC MC 36 30
Chris Hanson 36 57 MC MC MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 36 MC MC 38 53 21
David Drysdale 4 16 MC MC 49 48
Florian Fritsch MC 45 51 28 MC 30 MC MC
Johan Carlsson MC MC 67 6 MC 58 18
Joel Stalter MC MC 51 MC 34 MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC 62 34 10 MC 14 MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC 16 MC 57 30 MC
Marcel Siem MC 27 MC 8 MC 8
Marcus Armitage 36 MC MC 47 MC 38 10
Felipe Aguilar 48 45 MC 10 57 MC
Romain Wattel MC MC 51 MC 66 31
Oliver Fisher 10 50 79 38 MC 40 27 6
Ernie Els 59 55 60 51 35 MC Wd
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC MC MC
Marc Warren MC MC MC Wd MC MC
Magnus A Carlsson MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 30 66 Wd Dq Dq
Lee Slattery 30 MC MC MC MC MC 11
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC MC 26 31 22
Robert Karlsson 30 MC MC Dq MC 11
Duncan Stewart 20 MC MC 34 MC MC 68
Haydn Porteous 36 32 MC 38 MC MC 38
Johan Edfors MC MC 36 MC 53
Gregory Havret MC 23 44 MC MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva 42 MC 26 MC 36 MC 18
David Howell MC MC Wd Wd 48 MC
Max Orrin 57 MC MC 15 Dq 18
Daniel Brooks MC 38 67 MC 57 54 MC
Wade Ormsby 14 MC 44 MC MC MC 38
Jeff Winther 44 MC 53 38 68 2
Stuart Manley MC MC MC MC MC 11 MC
Damien Perrier MC 66 MC MC MC MC 42
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 73 MC MC MC 31 4
Ashley Chesters 20 MC 20 28 MC MC 18
Sebastian Soderberg 45 60 MC MC 41 18 64
Mark Foster MC MC 51 47 MC 8 6
Daniel Im 4 66 59 34 MC MC 18
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC MC MC MC
Tom Lewis 44 MC 41 11 18
Nathan Kimsey 58 38 MC MC 30 48 MC
Jens Fahrbring MC 45 34 MC 47 MC MC
Hennie Otto MC MC 8 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 69 MC MC 57 23
Niclas Fasth MC 32 20 MC 54 MC
Gary Stal MC 16 28 MC MC MC
Paul Maddy MC 59 MC 23 MC 47 38 72
Sebastien Gros MC 69 MC 47 64 MC
Laurie Canter 33 79 57 41 MC 26
Pontus Widegren 48 59 MC MC MC 12
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC MC MC
Simon Dyson 64 MC MC MC 57 MC MC MC
Darren Clarke MC MC MC
Ricardo Gonzalez MC 10 MC MC

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