Scottish Open Betting Preview: Top Favorites To Win, Course Breakdown, Weather Report

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The PGA Tour heads across the pond this week for the Scottish Open. It’s the last event in advance of the British Open, the final golf major of the season. Several top stars are set to be in the field, including current betting favorites Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele

McIlroy is the defending champion, while Schauffele won the event in 2022. Following their victories here, both players went on to finish in the top 15 at the British Open. The tournament will run from Thursday to Sunday at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. 

Live Scottish Open odds

Below are the latest betting lines for the 2024 Scottish Open. Clicking any of the odds will take you to the sportsbook offering that line. Sports betting promos are available to new users. 

Other ways to bet on the Scottish Open 

In addition to wagers on the outright winner of the Scottish Open, there are other golf betting options to consider. Betting markets include finishing positions, round leaders, and the top performer by region.

Rory McIlroy, Schauffele, & Aberg all favored to finish top 5

McIlroy favored to lead after round 1

Schauffele leads odds for North American players

Favorites to win the Scottish Open 

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy is the defending Scottish Open champion. He carded a -15 at last year’s event, a stroke ahead of second-place finisher Robert MacIntyre. McIlroy is second in the Official World Golf Ranking. His last event was the US Open, where he finished second, one stroke behind tournament winner Bryson DeChambeau. 

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele is third in the OWGR and this season’s winner of the PGA Championship. Through 15 events for the 2024 tour season, he has made the cut each time and finished in a tie for 10th or better 11 times. For his victory at the Scottish Open in 2022, he shot a -7, besting second-place finisher Kurt Kitayama by a single stroke.  

Ludvig Aberg

At the end of 2023, Aberg was ranked 29th in the OWGR. He has since surged into fourth. Aberg has appeared in 14 events this season, finishing in the top 20 nine times and missing just a single cut. He missed the cut at last year’s Scottish Open. His last event was the Traveler’s Championship, where he finished in a tie for 27th.  

Collin Morikawa

Morikawa has finished in a tie for 16th or better in each of his last eight events. He has booked five top 10 finishes over that span, including a second-place finish at the Memorial Tournament. Morikawa is now sixth in the OWGR after finishing 2023 in 13th place. He has appeared in 15 events this season, missing the cut just twice. 

Favorites attracting the most betting interest

Earlier this week, BetMGM Sportsbook provided the following information about the betting it’s seeing on this year’s edition of the Scottish Open: 

McIlroy (+800) and Aberg (+1400) are two of the top three favorites to win heading into the event, while Hovland (+2200) is hovering among the top five. Rai (+4000) is just outside of the top 10 and finished in a tie for seventh at his last event. 

BetMGM also provided betting metrics for next week’s British Open. In terms of overall handle, Scottie Scheffler (26.1%), Bryson DeChambeau (11.1%), and McIlroy (10.8%) top the charts. Morikawa (5.4%) and Aberg (5.1%) round out the top five for handle at the sportsbook. 

Scottish Open TV & streaming schedule

Thursday, July 11 — Round 1 

  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET: Golf Channel 

Friday, July 12 Round 2 

  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET: Golf Channel 

Saturday, July 13 Round 3 

  • 10 a.m. to noon ET: Golf Channel 
  • Noon to 3 p.m. ET: CBS

Sunday, July 14 Final Round 

  • 10 a.m. to noon ET: Golf Channel 
  • Noon to 3 p.m. ET: CBS

Scottish Open course and weather report 

For the sixth consecutive year, the Scottish Open will take place at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. The course is a par-70 that stretches 7,237 yards. The tournament to-par record was set in 2019. Bernd Wiesberger and Benjamin Hebert tied at -22 at the end of four rounds, with Wiesberger taking the victory in a playoff. 

There are expected to be over 150 golfers competing for a prize pool of $9 million, with $1.575 million going to first place. The forecast calls for cool conditions over the four-day event, with average temperatures in the 50s. There’s a chance of rain each day, but wind isn’t expected to be a factor. 

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