Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Betting Tips
Last week will live long in the memory for Paul Dunne. The Irishman won his maiden European Tour title at the British Masters but one week on a whole host of amateur golfers have the chance to experience that big tournament feel themselves with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hosted over three of the very best links golf courses in the world, the Dunhill Links is the only pro-am tournament on the European Tour. Each of the professionals in the field will be joined with an amateur partner for one round at the Old Course St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
The cut then falls on Saturday with the top 60 professionals and the top 20 teams making it through for another crack at the Old Course to decide the winner.
Links Form Vital at These True Tests of Golf
Links golf holds a special place in golf’s history. It was on the links turf of Scotland that the game was first played with St Andrews (founded in 1754) affectionately known as the home of golf.
The game has changed a lot since then though and links golf is far from everybody’s cup of tea. Standing right on the coast with a horrible tee shot into a green guarded by pot bunkers and gorse and the wind is gusting into your face is not every golfer’s idea of fun.
For that reason, it’s vital to stick with players who have shown aptitude for links golf previously when looking for bets for the Alfred Dunhill Links.
It’s also important to side with players who won’t mind the slower pace and more relaxed atmosphere of a pro-am tournament as it’s not to everybody’s liking.
Lowry the Pick of the Favourites
Rory McIlroy came so close to chasing down Paul Dunne last week but was left to rue a couple of mistakes as he finished second. That performance was impressive enough for the bookies to make McIlroy the clear favourite for this week’s tournament.
Playing alongside his dad, McIlroy is sure to enjoy his week and a win would be no surprise but it’s hard to get excited about the best price of 6/1.
The best value option of the favourites for the Dunhill Links is Shane Lowry. The Irishman grew up playing on tough Irish links courses and he’s utilised that for to good effect with four consecutive finishes inside the top 20 at this event.
Lowry’s played some very good golf over the past few weeks and can cap it off with a win at a best price of 20/1 with Coral.
Fisher and Kaymer Can Position Themselves Well in the Race to Dubai
For some players in the field time is running out to win enough ranking points to secure their European Tour card for next season. Others, like Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer, are more concerned with climbing the Race to Dubai rankings before the playoffs which are just around the corner.
Fisher and Kaymer are both previous winners of the Dunhill Links and both men have been playing some excellent golf recently. Moreover, they both took part in the Hero Challenge at Close House last week which shows they are happy to have fun whilst competing.
Fisher (50/1 with Ladbrokes) and Kaymer (40/1 with Boylesports) both offer strong each-way appeal.
Long Odds Shots to Consider
The Alfred Dunhill Links has served up some very long odds winners over recent years. It is, therefore well worth having a few speculative bets up your sleeve even if they’re only for a couple of quid.
First up, Ernie Els looks well worth a play at 250/1 with Sportingbet as the two-time Open champion will be chomping at the bit to play has been a vice-captain at the Presidents Cup last week.
Another two-time Open winner, Padraig Harrington looks too big at 80/1 with Bet365 while 2013 Dunhill Links champion, David Howell could return at 400/1 with Betfred.