Sleeper Picks for the Scottish Championship – Finding Value Plays at St Andrews
It was evident from the start that a household name was going to lift the trophy at the BMW PGA Championship. The same can’t be said for this week’s event in St Andrews – the first of its kind.
The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews has been utilized for Open Qualifying in the past, but it hasn’t been included in the European Tour rotation. Perhaps this is as good of a time as any to take a flier on some long shots.
Staying on that theme, here is a four-pack of Scottish Championship sleepers.
Grant Forrest +6000
I highlighted a few Scotsmen in my initial Scottish Championship betting preview, but here’s another I’m keeping tabs on. Living in North Berwick means Grant Forrest won’t be deterred by the cooler temperatures and rain that’s part of this week’s forecast.
Instead, Forrest is locked in knowing he’s playing some pretty solid golf.
Back-to-back top-20s preceded his T32 at Wentworth, and how’s this for past success in his native homeland?
Forrest’s resume includes victories at the Scottish Amateur and St Andrews Link Trophy, as well as a runner-up at the 2015 Amateur Championship at Carnoustie.
Clement Sordet +6000
Six wins at Texas Tech and four more victories on the Challenge Tour.
Clement Sordet is yet to triumph on the European circuit, but his pedigree tells me that his time is coming soon. Aside from connecting on 10 of his last 11 cuts, this 27-year-old Frenchman finished 21st and 28th in his last two starts, respectively.
Ranked 11th on the European Tour in GIR, Sordet’s prowess with his irons should set up loads of birdie looks at the Torrance Course. 69 or lower in each of his last four final rounds most definitely qualifies Clement as a sleeper pick for the Scottish Championship.
Jamie Donaldson +6600
Seeing Jamie Donaldson perched at +4500 to win at MyBookie wasn’t all that intriguing. However, once I spotted Donaldson at +6600 over at BetOnline, I quickly perked up.
The three-time European Tour winner hasn’t visited the winner’s circle since the summer of 2014 as he’s had to work his way back from a devastating hand injury and complications with his wrist. With that being said, six consecutive appearances tallying 44th or better hints that the Welshman is rounding into form.
Among Jamie’s last six starts, he’s landed inside the top-15 on three separate occasions.
Min Woo Lee +6600
The 2020 ISPS Handa Vic Open champ has been a bit hit or miss since prevailing at 13th Beach Golf Links. Min Woo can’t be trusted in head-to-head formats, but sprinkling in a few bucks on a “to win” bet might just have some merit.
With four par fives and potentially two drivable par fours, it’s a decent idea to latch onto a bomber. Case in point, Lee is undoubtedly one of the longest players in the field (1st on the European Tour in driving distance in 2019, 3rd in 2020).
6th at the English Championship, 11th at the Belfry, and throw in a top-30 two weeks ago at the Renaissance Club. Does Min Woo strike you as a Scottish Championship sleeper pick worthy of a bet?