The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th of July 2019

Where is the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, UK

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? $7,000,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aberdeen-standard-investments-scottish-open-2019-tickets-48057500277

What is the course yardage at The Renaissance Club? 7, 136 yards

What is the par at The Renaissance Club? 71

What is the course information for The Renaissance Club? Sandwiched between two of the world’s greatest links courses, Muirfield and North Berwick, the Tom Doak design uses the natural features of the land. However, The Renaissance is not a traditional links as the ground is quite undulating with a lot of heavy rough just off the fairways as well as steep, rolling greens. Factor in its length and the possibility of winds, and this will be an extremely stern test for the players, albeit not ideal preparation for The Open next week.

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open? Clear conditions expected throughout the four days with high humidity that could make yardage control difficult, especially if the course dries out. Winds are moderately low for the first two days with it picking up significantly on Saturday afternoon, meaning a morning starter could come through the field. Winds will be at their highest on Sunday which should make for an exciting final round with temperatures around 14c for the week.

THE HISTORY

Established in 1972, The Scottish Open has become one of the premier events in recent years on the European Tour with it becoming one of the eight tournaments within the Rolex Series, thus increasing the prize fund on offer and attracting more of the world’s biggest names.

The last eight editions having been played on traditional links golf courses with The Renaissance Club being the sixth different host during that time whereby scoring has been typically low with an average winning total of 16 under par. 2018 winner Brandon Stone tied the tournament's lowest winning total having come agonisingly close to shooting a 59 during the final round.

THE FAVOURITES

Henrik Stenson

The former world number two has slipped to number 39 having not recorded a worldwide victory since 2017 and has struggled to get himself in contention. However, his form appears to be returning having recorded back-to-back top-ten finishes heading to Scotland. As a former British Open winner, he is a player who performs well in the wind and on courses that require shot-shaping and driving accuracy - both key performance criteria around Renaissance. He ranks first in SG: approach-the-green on the PGA Tour this season and with a player of this calibre, it will only be a matter of time before he starts to contend again so expect a strong week from the Swede.

Martin Kaymer

The two-time major winner has been underperforming for far too long but there are strong signs from the German that his game is close to returning to its former best. With an average finishing result of 21st from his previous five worldwide starts, including a T9 at last week's Irish Open, Kaymer appears to be finding the consistency that previously took him to world number one. Furthermore, a T8 finish in May’s British Masters – also around a links course – suggests he is striking the ball as well as ever and a T13 in this tournament in 2016 shows his pedigree around the links. Ranked fifth SG: tee-to-green on the European Tour proves the quality of his current long game and if the wind blows this week he will possess an advantage so expect him to continue his strong form and put himself in contention.

THE OUTSIDERS

Ian Poulter

The English veteran heads to Scotland in need of a good finish having missed two cuts from his last four starts with a high finish of 41st at last week’s Irish Open. Ranked tenth in the R2D, a respectable showing this week will propel him towards the top of the rankings heading into the second half of the season. A T9 finish in this tournament in 2017 and a former runner-up in The Open Championship shows his ability around links courses and he is renowned as a competitor who thrives in tough conditions. Ranked eight in SG: approach-the-green on the European Tour will stand him in good stead, but he must improve on his scrambling where he ranks 166th in SG: around the green - a key asset required this week, especially if the wind is up.

Eddie Pepperell

The young Englishman is starting to make a name for himself when it comes to links golf. A T4 in this event in 2015 was bettered with a runner-up finish last year that was followed by a T6 at the British Open the following week around Carnoustie. In addition, two further top-five finishes in both the British Masters and Irish Open this season shows Pepperrell’s almost unrivalled ability on the links. Coming off a six week lay-off from a back injury, his T4 last week will have come a bit of a surprise, but with the confidence and extra game time, a win this week is far from out of the equation. With an all-round strong game and the skill to score around the links, the rising star could record his third European Tour title this week.

Paul Waring

The up-and-coming Englishman is having the best season of his career to date having recorded five top-ten finishes so far including a T3 from ten starts since picking up his first European Tour win in 2018. With four top-25 finishes from his past five starts, including a T7 finish at last week's Irish Open, he heads to Scotland full of confidence. Furthermore, a T6 at the British Masters in May shows his ability around the links, meaning he is a strong contender this week. His tee-to-green skills will be a strong asset around a long and potentially windy layout, but he must improve on his around-the-green and putting performance, where he ranks outside the top 100 in both strokes-gained categories, if he is to record a second tour victory.