The European Tour rose to the challenging situation that they (and the wider world of golf) found themselves in during 2020. A lot of work was done very quickly to start a host of new tournaments including the Scottish Championship. The new tournament was originally planned as a one-off but it was a success and the European Tour have decided to stick with it giving Scottish golf fans another chance to see some of the best in the business strut their stuff.
The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews is an excellent test of links golf which is sure to provide a compelling and challenging test for as long as the European Tour remains committed to the Hero Open, even though a tournament of the same name was held In Birmingham in 2020.
Betting Tips for 5th to 8th August 2021
St Andrews is the home of golf. Thousands upon thousands of golf fans make the journey to this part of Scotland’s east coast every year and not all of them can get a game on the Old Course. Among the huge number of resort courses in and around St Andrews looking to welcome travellers from far and wide, Fairmont St Andrews proved to be pretty easy for the European Tour players who competed here in last year’s Scottish Championship. Technically, this is a brand new tournament although form from the Scottish Championship should carry over with similar conditions expected this week.
Adrian Otaegui is, sort of, the defending champion at the par 72 course that was designed by Sam Torrance. He knows that an aggressive style of golf is required to add the Hero Open to his list of European Tour wins and the bookies are offering 25/1 that he does the business. That is a fair bit bigger than the odds of 16/1 available about the bookies’ favourite Andy Sullivan.
Sullivan’s lack of experience at Fairmont St Andrews is unlikely to hold him back. He is arguably the best player in the field and arrives in Scotland with his game in good shape. The missed cut at Galgorm Castle is nothing to worry about in the grand scheme of things and the extra couple of days of rest may even boost his chances of winning. Sullivan has winning European Tour form at resort courses and can go low enough to justify the support he’s getting in the betting.
There aren’t many courses where Ryan Fox’s powerful style of golf doesn’t work well. The length of Fairmont St Andrews won’t concern any of the players in the field but few can take advantage like Fox. For all that he will have to take less than a driver on some of the par fours, he will be able to hit shorter clubs into the greens than most. It’s then a case of taking enough of his chances for Fox to give his backers a real run for their money at odds of 25/1.
The final player to consider for the Hero Open is the in-form Marcel Siem. He rediscovered that winning feeling on the Challenge Tour a couple of weeks ago, building on some good form. That confidence helped him no end in the Open where he won a lot of fans during his 15th place finish. Full of belief that he can win for a fifth time on the European Tour, Siem has a great chance of contending at 45/1.
|2021||Fairmont St Andrews||Daniel Gavins|
|2020||Fairmont St Andrews||Adrian Otaegui|
2021: Daniel Gavins
Winning on home soil is special for any professional golfer. Doing so to claim your first win on the European Tour is the stuff of dreams so it will take a long time before the smile is gone from the face of Grant Forrest. The 28-year-old achieved his dream of becoming a European Tour winner by pipping James Morrison by a single shot at Fairmont St Andrews.
Forrest’s first thoughts after holing the winning putt were for his dad who he lost in 2021. “I just wish my dad was here to see this – he would be so chuffed,” he said afterwards. He certainly did his dad and the rest of his family and friends proud with an excellent display of golf which saw him become the first Scottish winner in Scotland since Paul Lawrie won the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2012.
As predicted, scoring at Fairmont St Andrews was easy for players of the calibre competing. The resort course only poses so many questions and Morrison had no problem answering them with a blistering round of golf on Sunday to set the clubhouse lead at -23. Forrest was playing a couple of groups behind and standing on the 17th green he knew that he had to pick up two shots. That is exactly what he did, closing out a round of 66 for an emotional and hard-earned win.
2020: Adrian Otaegui
The European Tour had returned from its enforced break for a few months before the inaugural edition of the Scottish Championship but there was still a real appetite among some big names to get their teeth stuck into some links golf. The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews was the stage on which a field including the likes of Matt Wallace, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington did battle but it was Adrian Otaegui who reigned supreme.
Otaegui had already won two European Tour events but this was a first as both of his previous wins at this level came in matchplay events. The consistency required to win a stroke play tournament over four rounds is a very different challenge and the Spaniard was delighted with his performance that saw him finish four shots clear of Wallace in second place.
“Stroke plays is my favourite way of golf, I think it is the proper way,” said Otaegui after his win. Many would add that links golf is “proper” golf in that it reflects the way that golf was originally played and that made Otaegui’s win even more special.