There is nothing else quite like the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Not only is it the only pro-am tournament on the European Tour but it is held at three of the best links golf courses in the world. Each of the 168 tour pros competing will be partnered up with stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment and music for a round at each of the St Andrews (Old Course), Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. There will then be a 54-hole cut before a final round at St Andrews on Sunday decides the winner.
Each of the courses share similar characteristics. You’ll find pot bunkers on them all, sandy ground making up the fairways and rough and natural flora and fauna playing the role of an extra hazard. However, they do not play exactly the same. It is well worth keeping in mind that Kingsbarns and St Andrews will provide plenty more scoring opportunities than the very tough Carnoustie.
The mood around the Scottish links could scarcely be more different to that of Hazeltine last week. It remains to be seen whether the six players in the field this week who were on the defeated European Ryder Cup team will relish the more relaxed atmosphere or find it difficult to raise their game. Either way, it is probably worth giving them a swerve. There’s no doubt that the Ryder Cup takes a major toll both physically and mentally and there are also other, more attractive golf betting options in the field.
The first of those is Soren Kjeldsen. The Dane has what looks to have a readymade game to succeed around these three courses. For example, he has a low ball flight which has the double benefits of limiting the effects of the coastal winds and allowing his approach shots to run up the firm fairways. Kjeldsen’s win at the 2015 Irish Open proved that he’s got what it takes to cope with poor weather conditions and that he is at home at links golf courses. That makes the odds of 50/1 that William Hill are offering look well worth taking.
Then there’s Graeme McDowell. The Northern Irishman made it clear on social media just how upset he was at having to watch events at Hazeltine unfold on TV. McDowell knows just how it feels to win the Ryder Cup and the 37-year-old believes he’s got more than enough left in the tank to get back into the fold. McDowell grew up playing links golf in windy conditions and will relish the pro-am element of this week’s tournament. At odds of 66/1 with Ladbrokes, McDowell can return to America with a nice winner’s cheque which will come in handy given his wife has just given birth to a baby boy.
The final man to bet on this week is the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links champion, David Howell. Howell has struggled with injury in 2016 but he’s now fit and healthy which is helping his golf game. The Englishman has only missed one cut in his last eight events, a run which includes a third place finish at the Czech Masters and an impressive round playing alongside Jason Day at the Open. Howell is an excellent links player and is well worth an each-way bet at 100/1 with Coral.
Our Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Golf Betting Preview and Bet Tips To Back –
Soren Kjeldsen to win at 50/1 with William Hill Graeme McDowell each-way at 66/1 with Ladbrokes David Howell to each-way at 100/1 with Coral
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