With the Open Championship at Royal Troon just around the corner, a strong field has assembled for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The Castle Stuart Golf Links course in Inverness plays host to this years prestigious event.
Rickie Fowler won the 2015 staging of the tournament, just pipping fellow American Matt Kuchar. While neither of these players are teeing off at this year’s event, the Americans have a strong representation with Phil Mickelson, JB Holmes and Steve Stricker all searching for success.
The Castle Stuart course is a relatively young course having opened in 2009, however despite it’s youthfulness, the quality of this links course should not be questioned. The course offers the traditional challenges of a links while giving birdie opportunities to those brave enough to attack. This is the third time Castle Stuart Links has hosted the Scottish Open and with winning scores of -19 and -17 respectively, we could be in for a birdie-fest once again.
High Priced Options
Brandon Grace (€21.8m): South African Grace has been in fine form this year, winning his first European Tour event in January and following this up with top 5 finishes at the Shenzhen International and last week at the Open de France.
Phil Mickelson (€20.9m): It’s hard to look past the five-time major winner. Having won on this course in 2013 and then followed it up with a win at The Open, Mickelson will be looking for a repeat performance in 2016. While his form has been inconsistent this year, at €20.9m Phil could be the high priced option that will deliver.
Mid Priced Options
Nicolas Colsaerts (€14.4m): The 2012 Ryder Cup representative is starting to find his feet again this season. Strong performances in the Nordea Masters and the AFR Asia Bank Mauritius Open make the big-hitting Belgian an attractive option for your Daily Fantasy European Tour team.
Padraig Harrington (€13.2m): The twice Open Champion knows a thing or two about playing Links courses and could be a surprise package this week.
Low Priced Options
Callum Shinkwin (€9.1m): Englishman Shinkwin has been a popular low priced pick recently and with his 9th place performance at Le Golf National last week it’s easy to see why. With his first Open to look forward to next week, Shinkwin may be inspired to a strong performance at Castle Stuart.
Colin Montgomerie (€6.6m): A long shot but the popular Scotsman will relish the opportunity to perform well at his home event, which he won back in 1999.