We have reached the halfway stage of a very low scoring Scottish Open which means that we are set for ‘moving day’ in the tournament on Saturday, a day where everyone in the field will be looking to make a move to set up a big pay day on Sunday.
With the field separated by just nine shots nobody can truly say they are out of the tournament heading into the second half of it, which should set up another fantastic day of golf on the Scottish links.
Round 2 Recap
Heading into the final 36 holes it is the Englishman, Robert Rock, who holds a two shot lead on 13 under par. He leads from Tyrrell Hatton and the slightly lesser known Jens Dantorp who are on 11 under. 2015 winner Rickie Fowler and Qatar champion Eddie Pepperell are on 10 under with our pre-tournament pick Alexander Bjork alongside Lee Westwood and Haotong Li on nine under. The cut came at four under so seven shots separate last and second.
It was a winner and a loser for a marginal gain in the profit column for us on Friday. Tyrrell Hatton’s 64 was too good for his playing partners but sadly Oliver Fisher could only go round in one under and that was comfortably beaten by Lorenzo Gagli who fired a 66 on his way to making the cut.
Although the early stages of a market has formed for the leader at the end of the third round there isn’t enough juice in it to tempt me in especially with a stack of players who could spring from the pack and claim the 54 hole lead should Robert Rock stall or go backwards at any point in the day. The wind is expected to blow a little more which might sort some of the pretenders and the real links players out but not enough to justify a strong look in the market. I’ll head to the two balls instead.
Saturday 2 Balls
It is a late start to the third round with the first group out at 10.15 BST and the leaders not teeing off until 15.50 BST. That leading pair will be Robert Rock and Tyrrell Hatton and out 10 minutes before them are Eddie Pepperell and Jens Dantorp. I would expect the 15.30 BST pairing of Lee Westwood and Rickie Fowler to be where the majority of the galleries go towards the end of the day with the pair of Ian Poulter and Russell Knox having good support earlier in the day too. I like a different group for my Saturday bet though.
Trevor Immelman vs Scott Fernandez
Match tees off at 15.10 BST
Two surprise packages towards the top end of the leaderboard are out in one of the later afternoon slots when Trevor Immelman heads out alongside Spaniard player Scott Fernandez for their third rounds of the tournament.
Fernandez tees off a shot better off than Immelman thanks to a very warm putter so far this week and that immediately lures me towards him here. A look through his form over the last two years suggests he likes links golf and the Scottish links in particular and that could be key here. It is good to see Immelman swinging the club well again and scoring nicely but generally this season he has gone well in the first two rounds and struggled over the weekend. I fear that might happen here in this company too so I like the Spaniard to kick on again on Saturday.
Back S.Fernandez to beat T.Immelman for a 3/10 stake at 2.20 with Betfred