Jul 1, 2021
Jul 1, 2021

Scottish Open 2021 betting preview

Scottish Open 2021 predictions

Scottish Open 2021: Rory McIlroy set to shine?

Scottish Open 2021: What do the statistics suggest?

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Scottish Open 2021 betting preview

The Scottish Open returns to its usual July slot in 2021 with fans in attendance after being postponed until October and played without supporters in attendance in 2020. Inform your predictions ahead of an intriguing week at the Renaissance Club.

Dates: July 8-11, 2021

Venue: The Renaissance Club, Scotland

Defending champion: Aaron Rai

McIlroy’s return to the Scottish Open

The Scottish Open 2021 will excitingly feature Rory McIlroy, who made the shock announcement recently that he planned to play in the Scottish Open. The Northern Irishman will now take on a punishing schedule on his approach to the 149th Open Championship, which will take place just a few days after the Scottish Open ends.

McIlroy’s inclusion at the Scottish Open has impacted the outright betting.

McIlroy’s diary is now packed. He had originally planned to play in the Irish Open (July 1-4, 2021) before returning to his home in the United States and coming back for The Open, but the current COVID travel regulations made that an impossible task. So, the four-time major winner will instead slot the Scottish Open in between the Irish Open and The Open Championship. Fans hope it sees the decorated Brit arrives at Royal St George’s fit, confident, and ready to make a major impact.

McIlroy enjoys links play

McIlroy’s inclusion at the Scottish Open has impacted the outright betting for the trophy. He is now seen as the man to beat and there’s no doubting that if McIlroy arrives at The Renaissance Club eager to play his best golf, he will take some stopping and will be extremely popular in the betting.

Each of the last two years, and indeed three of the last four years, have been won via a playoff.

The travel complications have encouraged other big names in the sport to take part in the links course event this year, stars that would otherwise have opted to spend the week on the practice range preparing for The Open. McIlroy has already spoken of his love for playing on links courses and his past performances on such courses suggest he’ll be looking forward to this challenge.

John Rahm is another golfer who has already confirmed his spot in the Scottish Open, and the Spaniard will want to put on a show. He will battle with McIlroy in the pre-tournament betting and will be expected to push the Northern Irishman for the title over the four days of play.

The inclusion of two huge names in the sport is fantastic for the Scottish Open and for fans who will follow the action at the course and on television.

Scottish Open 2021: What do the facts and figures suggest?

McIlroy and Rahm may be the big draws of the weekend, but this tournament means much more to the fringe players as it represents the last chance to secure an invitation to The Open.

It was one of the few big tournaments that were able to be played in 2020, with Englishman Aaron Rai landing the prize money, finishing ahead of fellow countryman Tommy Fleetwood.

When looking through the tournament facts and figures, we note that each of the last two years, and indeed three of the last four years, have been won via a playoff. In addition, eight of the last nine Scottish Opens have been close, with no more than two strokes separating the winner from the runner-up.

YEAR

WINNING MARGIN

2020

Playoff

2019

Playoff

2018 

4 Strokes

2017 

Playoff

2016

1 Stroke

2015

1 Stroke

2014

2 Strokes

2013

Playoff

2012

Playoff

There have also seen some low scores over the years, with two of the last three champions finishing 20 under par or better. Every champion since Lee Westwood in 1998 has scored 11 under par or better.

There isn’t much to examine in the nationality of the champions. Each of the last six winners have been of a different nationality, consisting of English, Austrian, South African, Spanish, Sweden, and American.

Scottish Open 2021 predictions

McIlroy has a hectic schedule ahead of him, but the chance to return to his love of links golf will spark him into life. The North Irishman will know a change is as good as a rest and he will be pushing hard to win this tournament.

Those with tickets are in for a treat as this season’s Scottish Open line-up boasts five of the world’s top-10 players. In addition to McIlroy and Rahm, the event will feature Xander Schauffele and Major winners Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa.

Do you think one of the favourites will win the 2021 Scottish Open or could there be a surprise winner? Get the latest odds with Pinnacle.

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