The Open de France was won by Italian Guido Migliozzi, after a stunning last round 62 completed a 13 shot comeback, to win by one over halfway leader Rasmus Hojgaard. Now the DP World Tour moves onto one of its most prestigious events: The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. We’ve previewed the tournament and provided you with our best bets.
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2022 Tips
- 2.5u Tyrrell Hatton each-way (1/5 7 places) – 16/1
- 1u Thorbjorn Olesen each-way (1/5 7 places) – 50/1
- 1u Ryan Fox each-way (1/5 7 places) – 70/1
- 0.5u Richard Mansell each-way (1/5 7 places) – 110/1
The tournament was introduced in 2001 as a pro-am and is based on a similar format used by the PGA Tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Professionals and amateurs play alongside each other and the top 60 professionals, as well as the top 20 pro-am teams make the cut after 54 holes and progress to the final round. Many of the amateur players are famous sports stars and the likes of Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root will be competing this year.
It is a multi-course event featuring play at The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links and Kingsbarns Golf Links. The final round is played at St Andrews. Danny Willett is the reigning champion having won with a score of -18 in 2021.
The three courses are played on a rotational basis with each team playing a different course on each of the days.
The courses are obviously all traditional links courses and are played to the following lengths:
St Andrews – 7,318 yards
Carnoustie – 7,394 yards
Kingsbarn – 7,228 yards.
10 players from the top 50 in the OWGR take part this week for the £5m purse. They are led by world #2 Rory McIlroy, who is looking for his first win here. Rory is joined by Matt Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel, recent BMW PGA winner Shane Lowry and two-time winner of this tournament Tyrrell Hatton at the head of the betting.
Other former winners include Danny Willett, Victor Perez, Thorbjorn Olesen and Padraig Harrington.
Tyrrell Hatton each-way (1/5 7 places) – 16/1
Hatton has a simply superb record here, in his last five appearances his record stands: T2nd, T15th , T2nd, winner, winner. The 30-year-old Englishman has another extremely consistent year, with 11 top 25’s on the PGA tour including a 2nd at the Arnold Palmer. He’s backed that up with four more top 10th on the DP World Tour and I think he will go very close to a 3rd Alfred Dunhill title this week.
Thorbjorn Olesen each-way (1/5 7 places) – 50/1
Another ex-winner here and a man who looks back in form on the tour after a couple of turbulent years off it. Olesen picked up his sixth title at the Betfred British Masters earlier this year and has eight top 25’s alongside four missed cuts. The 32-year-old Dane played well in both Rome and Paris over the last two weeks so is hitting form at the business end of the DP World Tour season.
Ryan Fox each-way (1/5 7 places) – 70/1
Fox had an amazing start to the season with nine straight Top 25’s, including a win at Ras al Khaimah, three 2nds and a third. His form has tailed off of late, with two missed cuts and a withdrawal in the last three starts but this is a tournament that should suit his game. He’s long off the tee, he’s strong with his approach and is great around the green. His record here isn’t amazing but he has made the last three cuts with a best placed finish of T24th.
Richard Mansell each-way (1/5 7 places) – 110/1
Mansell’s huge driving will be a big asset on these forgiving links courses – Mansell leads the tour on strokes gained off the tee. He also ranks seventh for GIR and 12th for sand saves which again will be important here. The 27-year-old has had a breakout year on tour with eight top 25s and I think it’s only a matter of time before he breaks his tour duck.