Genesis Scottish Open Odds & Picks: Will Zalatoris, Tyrell Hatton Worth a Punt to Win

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Tyrell Hatton is a top value play at the Genesis Scottish Open. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

If you’re looking to watch the world’s best golfers tee it up the next couple of weeks, you’re going to have to get up a little earlier in the morning than usual. Well, at least where we’re at in the West.

The reason? They will all be playing in this week’s Genesis Scottish Open and the following week at the final major, the Open Championship. This week’s Scottish Open, which will be played at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, features everybody and anybody who is relevant on the PGA Tour.

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In fact, 14 of the top 15 players in the world rankings will be on site and taking their best shots at winning just a week before the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler? Yep. No. 2 Jon Rahm? You bet. No. 4 Collin Morikawa? Of course. (As usual, Rory McIlroy, the No. 3 player in the world, is sitting this one out).

We could go on but we’re pretty sure you get the picture. The next two weeks are going to be explosive across the pond. For everyone who is gearing up for next week’s Open Championship, this is their final chance to make sure they have their game in tip-top shape.

Or, in some cases, play well enough to get into the Open Championship field…but more on that in a minute. All of the travel will be out of the way. All of the jet lag will be under control. All of the time changes will be adapted to.

It’s showtime for the next two weeks and the opening act starts this week.

Odds to Win the Genesis Scottish Open (DraftKings)

Jon Rahm +1200
Scottie Scheffler +1200
Justin Thomas +1200
Xander Schauffele +1800
Matthew Fitzpatrick +1800
Patrick Cantlay +2200
Jordan Spieth +2500
Collin Morikawa +2500

As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.

Crowded at the Top

When you get great players in a field, the odds go down, down, down.

But, and here’s where it gets interesting, the odds for the guy who is leading the DP World Tour points race are down the list and offering us great value.

What, you aren’t sure who’s leading the DP World Tour points race? Well, we could give you plenty of guesses and you probably still wouldn’t come up with the name Will Zalatoris.

That’s right, one of the most impressive players on the PGA Tour is leading the way across the pond. He’s at +2800 this week and he’s a solid choice. He’s played in four events in the DP race this year en route to leading the title chase and has a pair of second-place finishes, and all four events have seen him finish in the top 10.

Sure, it’s a little stronger field this week with many of the PGA Tour’s best on hand. But remember, he’s one of those stars as well. He’s shown he can have success when he travels thousands of miles to play, and there’s no reason that success can’t continue with a victory setting up his play in next week’s Open Championship.

Back to the Top of the Rankings

We’re also going to look at Collin Morikawa as being a solid choice at +2500. There’s no doubt he’s got the game for it. He’s the defending champ at the Open Championship and that proves his game travels and travels very well.

He’s currently ranked No. 4 in the world but down the list at No. 25 in the FedEx Cup rankings race. Granted, Morikawa struggled at last year’s Scottish Open (T-71) but he rebounded nicely the next week with the victory.

We’re hoping he’s stepped up his game as he’s coming into this week after a T-5 finish at the U.S. Open. Oh, and by the way, Morikawa wound up as the DP Tour champion in 2021.

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Players Heading Up the Road to Play

It’s basically a home match for an impressive array of English golfers including the likes of Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and a couple of others. Will that be enough of an edge to help them win? We’re guessing at least one of them will be in contention come Sunday.

And we’re thinking that will be Hatton at +4500. He only has one PGA Tour win but he has six worldwide titles. In fact, he’s won one time each of the last three seasons around the world. Why not make it four years in a row?

One Added Incentive for Players this Week

Oh, and remember, we were talking about next week’s Open Championship and that many of the players are using this tournament as a tuneup for that event. But some of the players this week are looking at this as a way to get into the event, and that’s the driving force for a lot of these players who aren’t in.

The top three finishers in this week’s event who aren’t qualified for the Open Championship can write their names down for a tee time–if, and this is a big if, they finish in the top-10.

Talk about pressure. It doesn’t get much tougher than trying to qualify for one of the biggest tournaments ever–the 150th Open Championship.

On the Prop Scene

We’re looking at two props this week. We’re going with a guy in a five-player matchup who has been feast or famine the last three events he’s played: Billy Horschel. We like the fact he’s got decent odds at +350 over Jordan Spieth (+250), Corey Conners (+300), Mito Periera (+350), and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+350).

Horschel had a missed cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge but then won the Memorial Tournament before missing the cut at the U.S. Open.

And if you’re looking for a longshot who just has to have a solid week, look no further than Ryan Palmer at +550 to have a top-20 finish. He was T-7 last year before missing the cut at the Open Championship (he missed the cut by one shot despite birdieing two of his final five holes to get close).

Oh, and remember, the Scottish Open is going to be played on the same course, The Renaissance Club. He may not win but with his play at this event last year, a top-20 wouldn’t be out of the question. And if he can squeeze his way into the top 10, it would earn him a spot back into the field at St. Andrews.

Also read: Open Championship Betting Guide

About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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