PGA Tour best bets: Genesis Scottish Open

July 6, 2022 08:04 AM

J.T. Poston became just the third player (Scott Hoch, 1980; David Frost, 1992) to go wire-to-wire at the John Deere Classic with a winning score of 21-under 263. Poston not only posted his second career PGA Tour victory (2019 Wyndham Championship) but also provided this column its seventh outright PGA Tour winner (10th overall) in 2022 at a price of 55-1. He defeated Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo by three strokes. Poston led the field for Greens In Regulation (tied with Grillo and Denny McCarthy; 63/72 GIR; 87.5%). The top three at the John Deere — Poston, Bezuidenhout and Grillo — also earned spots in next week's Open Championship at St. Andrews. 

Before we get to the final major of 2022, most of the world's best players will tee it up this week at the Genesis Scottish Open. In fact, 14 of the OWGR Top 15 will be playing this week (World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is the lone exception).

World No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler (12-1), three weeks removed from a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, is one of several players at the top of this stacked field that made his debut appearance in this event last year. He finished 12th but shot the low round of the tournament with a 63 in the second round. Jon Rahm, the World No. 3, finished seventh here last year. He is also priced at 12-1 along with World No. 5 and PGA Champion Justin Thomas, who has two Top 10 finishes in two appearances (2019, 2021) here at Renaissance. Xander Schauffele (20-1), who finished 10th here last year, got a bit of a monkey off his back by winning a stroke-play event for the first time in three-and-a-half years at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago. Matt Fitzpatrick (22-1) won his first major three weeks ago at the U.S. Open and was the co-runner up (along with Thomas Detry) to Min Woo Lee (125-1) here last year.

Patrick Cantlay (25-1) will try to turn the page after a disastrous 6-over 76 in the final round two weeks ago at the Travelers when he was in the final pairing with Schauffele. Like Cantlay, Cameron Smith (28-1) also makes his debut appearance in this event and comes in off some disappointing performances over the last several weeks. Collin Morikawa (25-1) finished a disappointing 71st here on debut last year and seemed to struggle in his first time on a links-style golf course. However, those struggles lasted approximately one week as he became the Champion Golfer of the Year seven days later in the Open Championship at Royal St. George's. Will Zalatoris (28-1) has limited experience playing in Europe but has finished sixth or better in six of his last eight events, including the last two majors, as he still seeks his first PGA Tour win. Sam Burns (30-1) finished 18th here last year and was part of a group including Scheffler and Jordan Spieth (30-1) that came over a week early to play some practice rounds around the U.K. to get used to the weather and links-style golf. 

The Event​

The Genesis Scottish Open has been a signature event on the DP World Tour since 1986. It is part of the tour’s five-event Rolex Series. This year, the tournament becomes a co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour. With a new sponsor in Genesis and the partnership with the PGA Tour, the purse now increases to $8 million.

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