Scottish Open Fantasy Preview

With DraftKings missing the mark on the size of European Tour GPPs yet again, I wanted to get this article out one day earlier than usual. If you plan to enter contests for the Scottish Open then go enter them now, or at least reserve your spots, because most Euro GPPs will fill way before lineup lock this week.

Now for the event, we have a star-studded field assembled for a bit of Open Championship prep. The course is Dundonald Links which is new to the rota, so don’t dive too deep into tournament history. It’s a short, par 72 links track that will use weather as it’s defense.

So far the weather suggests a cold and rainy week. Surprise, surprise! Who would have guess that would be the case in Scotland. That does bring the potential for tee-time stacking into the equation more than usual.

Let’s get right down to business and check out some performance stats based on this week’s layout:

Top Performers on Links Layouts (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Soren Kjeldsen
Tyrrell Hatton
Alex Noren
Bradley Dredge
Fabrizio Zanotti
Graeme McDowell
David Horsey
Andy Sullivan
Rafa Cabrera Bello

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Henrik Stenson
Bernd Wiesberger
Soren Kjeldsen
Andy Sullivan
Martin Kaymer
Tyrrell Hatton
Chris Wood
Byeong Hun An
Ross Fisher

Top Performers on Par 72 Courses (since 2015)

Henrik Stenson
Rory McIlroy
Branden Grace
Byeong Hun An
Bernd Wiesberger
Alex Noren
Chris Wood
Emiliano Grillo
Martin Kaymer
Tyrrell Hatton

Top Performers against Strong Fields (since 2015)

Rory McIlroy
Byeong Hun An
Henrik Stenson
Bernd Wiesberger
Branden Grace
Alex Noren
Martin Kaymer
Tyrrell Hatton
Andy Sullivan
Chris Wood

Top Performers on Short Courses (since 2015)

Anirban Lahiri
Pablo Larrazabal
Alejandro Canizares
Richard Bland
Bernd Wiesberger
Julien Quesne
Alex Noren
David Lipsky
Maximilian Kieffer
Richie Ramsay

As you might have noticed, these are the exact same angles we looked at last week, so give a boost to anyone that played well last week at the Irish Open. The Euro Tour does a great job of setting up the Open Championship with similar layouts.

Golfers that show up on all five lists: Alex Noren and Bernd Wiesberger

Golfers that show up on four-of-five lists: Tyrrell Hatton

Golfers that show up on three-of-five lists: Henrik Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Martin Kaymer, Byeong Hun An

Golfers that show up on two-of-five lists: Branden Grace, Rory McIlroy, Soren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood

My Top 25 for the 2017 Scottish Open

1. Rory McIlroy
2. Alex Noren
3. Bernd Wiesberger
4. Henrik Stenson
5. Branden Grace
6. Byeong Hun An
7. Patrick Reed
8. Rickie Fowler
9. Adam Scott
10. Matt Kuchar
11. Martin Kaymer
12. Tyrrell Hatton
13. Ross Fisher
14. Hao Tong Li
15. Alexander Bjork
16. Andy Sullivan
17. Rafa Cabrera Bello
18. Chris Wood
19. Anirban Lahiri
20. Emiliano Grillo
21. Peter Uihlein
22. Matthew Fitzpatrick
23. Bradley Dredge
24. Pablo Larrazabal
25. Dean Burmester

This article has 4 comments

  1. Really surprised to see Rory at the top here, given recent form and 2/5 on your “lists.”

    Matt Kuchar at 10…despite not ranking highly on your metrics. All due respect, I don’t follow the logic.

    Reply
    • The lists are using stats from European Tour only while the rankings combine data from Euro and PGA TOUR.

      The availability of course info is not the same on both Tours so I keep them separate still.

      Hope that helps explain a little better but Rory being #1 this week is definitely not a popular opinion, given his form.

      Reply

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