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With the Open Championship, the only remaining major of the season, now looming large, the focus turns to British shores for many golfers and golf fans. This week, there’s the small matter of the DP World Tour event known as the Scottish Open, which will be played The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland.
What is Each-Way Betting?
Prior to identifying this week’s each-way selections, here’s a little explanation about each-way betting for anyone not yet familiar.
Each-way betting is relatively simple and is very common, especially when it comes to betting on golf. Most people who bet on golf competitions bet each-way. Essentially, an each-way bet is one bet that is split into two. In a golfing sense, part of the bet will be on a golfer to win and the other part will be on a golfer to finish in the number of places allocated by a bookmaker, typically the first five or six.
If you bet each-way on a golfer and they win, you win both parts of the bet. If the golfer does not win, but finishes in one of the nominated places, say third or fourth, you lose the win part of the bet, but win the place part of the bet. The place part of an each-way bet typically pays out at one quarter or one fifth of the full odds.
So, let’s say that you have £5 each-way on Rory McIlroy to win the Scottish Open at 10/1. Your total bet will come to £10 (£5 to win, £5 to place). If the Northern Irishman obliges and wins the event, you’ll win both bets. However, if Rory doesn’t win, yet still finishes in one of the places, say third, you’ll win just the place bet, which in this case would return £15. Why £15? one fifth of 10/1 is 2/1 and £5 at 2/1 returns £15.
Each-Way Betting Tips
Ahead of the action in North Berwick this week, there are two players who catch the eye as potential each-way bets. These are as follows:
Tommy Fleetwood @ 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood has often been a man for the big occasion and the occasion is plenty big enough in Scotland this week. Playing well here is a great way to get yourself ready for the Open Championship, so don’t think the Englishman will be going north just for the sake of it this week.
Typically, the 32-year-old relishes a links-type test. Since 2019, he’s finished second and fourth at the Open Championship, while he’s also played well previously in this event, which has been held at The Renaissance Club each year since 2019. Back in 202, Fleetwood finished in a tie for second at the North Berwick venue, while he finished fourth there last season, showing that he is very much the type of player who carries the tools for this particular golfing test.
If we look at strokes gained specifically at Renaissance, then we can see Fleetwood ranks highly. Of those to have played this tournament more than once since it’s permanent switch, only Xander Schauffele has gained more strokes per round than Tommy Fleetwood, while Fleetwood ranks as the best player in the field for strokes gained: around-the-green at this venue since 2016. That stat should not be ignored with the ability to scramble likely to play a big part this week.
Besides, it’s not like the six-time European Tour winner is devoid of recent form. He finished second at the Canadian Open back in early June, losing out in a play-off, while he backed that effort up with a very solid performance at the US Open, finishing in a tie for fifth. Such form tells us that his game is in a good place, so don’t be surprised if he challenges on a course where he’s thrived in recent years.
Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 22/1
At odds of 22/1, the 2022 US Open winner looks too big in the betting as far as I’m concerned. He’s another player that ought to enjoy the test this week.
Like Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick has played well at the Scottish Open before. In 2021, he finished in a tie for second having lost to Min Woo Lee in a play-off. Last year, he confirmed that The Renaissance Club is up his street, finishing sixth. We know he’s a capable of tussling with the very best on his day, so we shouldn’t ignore the fact that the world number nine has played well here before.
Moreover, when it comes to strokes gained stats at this tournament (since 2016), he too ranks highly. Of those to have played more than one full tournament, he’s the third-best player in the field in terms of strokes gained: total. On that basis, I simply cannot dismiss him here, even if the best he could do was finish T49 last time out. He’s got the game to be in there fighting on Sunday, while it’s not as if he was in poor form prior to the Travelers, finishing T17, T20 and T9. Discount the 28-year-old here at your peril.
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