Golf betting tips: Scottish Championship, CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Golf betting tips: Scottish Championship, CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek
This week’s golf betting tips come from St Andrews and Shadow Creek Credit: Getty

This week our golf betting expert delivers a trio of tips for each of the week’s biggest tournaments: The Scottish Championship and the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

The European Tour stages the Scottish Championship as the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews makes its first appearance on the circuit.

Meanwhile, three of the world's top four players, John Rahm, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are in the mix for the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour. The tournament is typically played in South Korea, but has moved to Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, for this edition.

Our expert tipster has three recommended bets from each tournament for you below, starting with the action from St Andrews.

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Scottish Championship golf betting tips

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change

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Stone looks set to sparkle

Brandon Stone came within a whisker of carding a final-round 59 on his way to winning the 2018 Scottish Open at Gullane by four shots - and the sweet-swinging South African can enjoy himself on another exposed links this week.

The London-based Stone is a three-time Tour champion who has shown flashes of his brilliant best since returning to action post-lockdown, including sixth place in the English Championship. The 27-year-old has twice been a top-15 finisher in the Dunhill Links over the last three seasons.

Jaunty Jordan underrated

Another links-lover who can make an impact in Fife this week is Matthew Jordan, who grew up on the Wirral and is a member at Hoylake. Jordan won the St Andrews Links Trophy as an amateur in 2017, then the Lytham Trophy by nine shots the following year.

As a professional in the Dunhill Links Championship, Jordan has compiled form figures of 32-5, and in last year's British Masters at another links venue, Hillside, he opened with a majestic 63 on his way to 15th place. 

Jordan has come back from lockdown looking sharp, finishing third in the Wales Open and 14th last time out in the Portugal Masters, and a maiden European Tour triumph seems possible on Sunday.

Frenchman can be fancied

Romain Wattel was Scottish Amateur champion in 2010 at Gailes Links, going on to win quickly on the Challenge Tour, before becoming a European Tour champion in the 2017 KLM Open at an 'inland links' called The Dutch.

The 29-year-old Montpellier man has been struggling for form, but he could easily take a shine to the Torrance Course and the odds are juicy about him finishing as top Continental European.

CJ Cup golf betting tips

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change

Trust Fazio-fan Thomas

Shadow Creek was designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio and that may give an edge to Justin Thomas, as well as Johnson. Thomas won the 2017 USPGA on another course with Fazio's fingerprints upon it - Quail Hollow.

And Thomas cruised to victory in the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, another Fazio creation. Johnson is a past winner on that course, too.

Given how impressive Thomas has been post-lockdown - a victory in the WGC-St Jude Invitational as well as two second places elsewhere - he could duel for the CJ Cup with Johnson.

Hovland ready to rumble

Viktor Hovland has spent most of his PGA Tour career turning up for course debuts at venues more established players know well, so it will make a pleasant change for the Norwegian youngster to start from a level playing field this week at a layout new to almost everyone in attendance.

Hovland performed superbly on his way to 13th place in the US Open last time out and he is an attractive investment for top Continental European honours at Shadow Creek.

Korean can be best of rest

Sungjae Im is worth backing in the top Rest of the World (ROW) market, which includes everyone apart from the Americans and Europeans. The Korean has been back to his brilliant ball-striking best in recent weeks, but continues to be frustrated on the greens.

Any upturn in putting form from Im at Shadow Creek could see him challenge for the title and he is certainly worth chancing for top ROW honours. He should arguably be the clear favourite for this section given how easily he is finding greens in regulation.

All odds within this article correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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