The players play a pro-am format over the first three days, one round on each course with the final round played at the host course St. Andrews on Sunday. As ever on links courses weather conditions will significantly influence the final outcome so luck of the draw will be important. Over the last few years of this Championship Kingsbarns has probably played the toughest in bad weather, Carnoustie the toughest in good weather with St Andrews the easiest of the three regardless of the weather conditions.

OUTRIGHT: Shane Lowry, 0.5 pts win and place 25/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)

On the basis of some sparkling recent form which had him finish tied thirteenth in The European Masters then runner up in The Wales Open two weeks ago Lowry can be expected to perform well on links tracks like these which are his forte. Indeed he finished tied third in this event last year with his final score including a stunning 64 at Carnoustie.

OUTRIGHT: Brooks Koepka, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)

Although Koepka has no course form his ability in handling the arid, links like conditions at Pinehurst in the US Open suggest he may have the game to succeed here. He has some decent current from too with a runner up finish in The European Masters within the last month.

OUTRIGHT: Mark Warren, 0.5 pts win and place 45/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)

Warren is right at the top of his game these days showing a level of consistency and high finishes which suggest these odds must be given a second glance, especially as his recent course form reads 19T 09 and 5T 11. With Scottish players having an excellent record here Warren may well follow in the footsteps of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher in winning this one on home soil.

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