Share The annual build up to the year's biggest golfing event gets underway this week as the stars travel to Loch Lomond for the Barclay's Scottish Open...

A lot of Europe and America's elite will tee it up at the Barclay's Scottish Open at Loch Lomond as they warm up for next week's British Open Championship at St. Andrews. Hardly a course that will prepare them for the test ahead but most definitley a golf tournament to get the competitive juices flowing.

Looking at the market leaders in the betting, none really take my fancy (at the prices offered) for various reasons. Goosen, Els and Mickelson havn't played too much golf recently and McDowell has had a 3 week break since his triumph (Tipped antepost E/W at 100/1 for the Race To Dubai Title) at the US Open which propelled him to the top of the Race To Dubai standings. Defending champ Martin Kaymer was up there last week but anyone watching would have seen he wasn't really on his game. Instead I will be focusing mainly on the rank outsider for this week's Loch Lomond Barclay's Scottish Open Betting picks

The Course
Playing just over 7100 yards to a par of 71, the course is a test of all round ability. It doesn't really give an advantage to the longer hitters and accuracy is more the premium around the tree lined track and the winning score is usually low to mid teens under par.

Barclay's Scottish Open Selections Offering Value

Pick 1: Francesco Molinari E/W @ 33/1 (Ladbrokes) Off the back of a play off loss last week and tee to green game should set him up nicely here

Pick 2: Danny Willett E/W @ 66/1 (Ladbrokes) or 11/2 Top 10 (Betfair), Willett is a streaky player who came back to form last week. He can go on serious birdie runs and could be one to watch here this week

Pick 3: Gregory Havret E/W @ 80/1 (general) or Top 10 @ 8/1 Extrabet Havret had a poor French Open but not too surprising that he was so lethargic after a 2nd place in the US Open in his previous start. He is a former winner here so the course will suit.

If you're betting Top 10's in the golf, you'll generally get best prices at Betfair or Extrabet (who pay out in full for ties on Top 10's or Top 20's).

Sleeper(one to watch)
Martin Laird E/W @ 125/1 or Top 10 finish @ 9/1 (Betfair) Laird finished 10th here last year and will feel like he's on a free roll after qualifying for the British Open. He should play with a freedom and could be a dark horse.

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