It’s a big week for the world of golf as the 2021 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is scheduled to take place this week. The next stop on the PGA European Tour will take place at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland and begin on Thursday, July 8 and conclude on Sunday, July 11. As usual, the tournament is attracting its fair share of sports bettors who want to add some extra excitement to the week’s festivities.
BetOnline has released its Scottish Open odds and is currently favoring Jon Rahm at +800 to win the tournament. It’s going to be an interesting event for the 26-year-old as he’s never played at the Scottish Open before. Still, you can’t blame oddsmakers for favoring him after the season that he’s been having. After all, he just won the 2021 U.S. Open just over two weeks ago, so he’s probably still riding the momentum from that victory. Rahm has also finished in the top-10 11 times out of the 18 events he’s competed in on the current PGA Tour, which shows how consistent he’s been.
At the end of the day, Rahm’s lack of Scottish Open experience could come back to bite him. At the same time, there’s just too much going right for him that it’s hard to doubt him. Regardless, this should be a good test to see if he has what it takes to continue the momentum he’s been building.
2021 Scottish Open Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, July 5
- Jon Rahm (+800)
- Xander Schauffele (+1200)
- Collin Morikawa (+1400)
- Rory McIlroy (+1400)
- Justin Thomas (+1800)
- Tyrrell Hatton (+2200)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (+2500)
- Scottie Scheffler (+2800)
- Corey Conners (+3300)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+3300)
- Will Zalatoris (+3300)
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+3500)
Complete odds list available at BetOnline.ag.
Schauffele, Morikawa Making Scottish Open Debut
Entering the 2021 Scottish Open, Xander Schauffele has the second-best odds to walk out victorious at +1200. Like Rahm, it’ll also be Schauffele’s Scottish Open debut this week as a handful of the PGA’s top competitors look to warm up ahead of next week’s Open Championship. While the 27-year-old San Diego native hasn’t won a tournament yet this year, he’s been getting hot as of late. Out of his last seven events played, Schauffele has finished T-18th or higher in six of them — including when he tied for 7th at the U.S. Open.
Another golfer making his Scottish Open debut this week is Collin Morikawa (+1400). He won the WGC-Workday Championship back in February and has since been playing some of his best golf of the season. Morikawa has finished in the top-5 in each of his last two events, having placed 2nd at the Memorial Tournament on June 6 and T-4th at the U.S. Open on June 20. Considering how most of the PGA TOUR’s top competitors won’t be in attendance at the Renaissance Club this week, Morikawa has the perfect opportunity to apply his recent success into a possible Scottish Open victory.
Can McIlroy Walk Out Victorious?
Unlike the aforementioned golfers, Rory McIlroy (+1400) actually does have experience at the Scottish Open. McIlroy has competed at the tournament six times in the past with his best finish happening when he placed T-14th in 2014. While that wasn’t necessarily his best performance at a tournament, it shows that he at least has the experience to give him the advantage.
Outside of the European Tour and Scottish Open, McIlroy has been playing some decent golf as of late. After a rollercoaster start to the season, he won the Wells Fargo Championship in May and has placed inside of the top-25 in each of his last two events. With the experience advantage on his side, now is the perfect time for McIlroy to get some needed momentum heading into next week’s Open Championship.