Golf Betting: Donald Can Win Dunhill Links
With prize money of $5 million on offer, the Dunhill Links is a serious tournament. However, as it’s a pro-am played over 3 course in Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews, the question is which players will be taking it seriously.
Many of the established stars of the European Tour have had pretty dismal seasons, perhaps struggling to raise the enthusiasm of the younger (and arguably more talented) stars of the game such as Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. However, with the Fedex Cup finished, this is a time of year that I expect some of the players who’ve been around a while longer than that trio (who are not playing here) to raise their games – as there’s much to play for. Not only are we just 4 weeks away from the lucrative Race To Dubai, but there’s also Ryder Cup points to play for, whilst many will be hoping to secure a position in the world’s top-50 over the next few weeks to make sure they get to play-in next year’s majors and WGC Events. With all that in mind, I’m backing 4 players this week.
Luke Donald 2 points each-way @ 33/1 (Skybet, Paddy Power) ¼ odds 6 places
Donald has slipped to 60th in the world rankings and, having missed out on the 2014 Ryder Cup, knows he’ll have to do something big in the coming weeks to maintain his playing privileges in golf’s highest echelon, and have any hope of regaining his Ryder Cup place. He boasts a 3rd, a 7th, and a 9th in this event, a 12th at St Andrews in this year’s Open, and a previous success in the Scottish Open – and they should all give him confidence to go with his obvious motivations this week.
Jamie Donaldson 1 point each-way @ 33/1 (Various) ¼ odds 6 places
Struggled with injury for much of the year but, having holed the winning putt in last year’s Ryder Cup, he’ll be desperate to make the 2016 renewal. A couple of top-10s are his best performances here but, after showing his first form for a while last week, he’ll be fancying his chances. He’ll also be keen to cement his place in the world’s top-50 as he’s currently precariously balanced at number 48.
Graeme McDowell 1 point each-way @ 50/1 (Various) ¼ odds 6 places
The former US Open winner boasts a 2nd and a 3rd in this event, and will be desperate to show some form soon as he’s fallen to number 71 in the world. He also thrives in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition, and will need to get some points on the board soon if he’s to have any hope of making the 2016 team.
Lee Slattery 1 point each-way @ 125/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
His win in the Russian Open and his second placed finish the following week means he sits proudly on top of the Ryder Cup Points Standings. Playing in the Ryder Cup itself may just be a dream too far for the journeyman golfer but, as he boasts a 5th placed finish here in 2012, he could well make a bold bid to maintain his position for at least a little while longer.