Golf Tips : Lowry Made For Dunhill Demands
The euphoria of Europe’s Ryder Cup Victory may still be echoing around the glens of Gleneagles, but this week’s action takes place on an even more famous piece of Scottish turf, St Andrews.
Or at least some of it does as the Dunhill Links is played over a trio of Scotland’s finest golf courses that also includes Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, three courses on which the weather can play havoc, though the forecast is for a mixture of autumnal sun, light rain and an average 15mph wind.
Whilst this week’s event is a four-round medal tournament, just like most weeks, it’s also a pro-am which is possibly why four of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team are turning out whilst still probably nursing some well deserved hangovers. However, it may also be that Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher love this format as all have shown good previous form in the event. Indeed, Kaymer and Gallacher have both claimed victory here, whilst McIlroy has twice finished runner-up, and the emerging talent Dubuisson finished 5th here in 2012. All have the talent to claim the title, but I think they may find concentrating hard with press commitments and a celebrity audience eager to be regaled by stories of what it was like to lift the Ryder Cup. All four are also well inside the top-50 in the World rankings and are guaranteed to get in all the big events next year.
Two players outside the top-50 who could break into that elite echelon with victory here are Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood, two players who are in the ascendancy and may well make the 2016 Ryder Cup Team. Lowry, ranked 55, and joint 3rd here last year, has already proved himself on the links with victory in the Irish Open a few years ago, and will have no problems should the weather be worse than the forecast. He’s also had a great season after finishing runner-up in the BMW at Wentworth and the Welsh Open.
Fleetwood also has a good links background being a high-class amateur, and he’s already finished 5th here twice in three attempts. Add in three top-5s in his last five events and he looks sure to get competitive at some point this week.
Lowry each-way 25/1
Fleetwood each-way 28/1
I don’t really fancy anyone else in the outright market this week, and so I’m going to back three players in both the top-10 and top-20 markets.
Two more players hungry to climb the world rankings who have been excellent form recently, and have some good links form, are Eddie Pepperell and Edoardo Molinari , whilst American Peter Uhlein has been showing a few signs of returning to the form that saw him finish runner-up here last year.
Eddie Pepperell 5/1
Edoardo Molinari 4/1
Peter Uhlein 4/1
Lee Slattery, Andrea Pavan and Garrick Porteous are three players whose main concerns are keeping their playing privileges, and trying to post a fantastic performance to get them into the Race To Dubai. Slattery boasts a 5th here in 2012 and two recent top-10s, whilst Pavan has been performing well recently and finished 2nd to Tommy Fleetwood when he won the Challenge Tour. Meanwhile, Porteous was brought up on links courses and posted a top-10 only a few weeks ago in the Czech Open.
Garrick Porteous 12/1