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Scottish Open Predictions & Tips - 4 contenders for victory at The Renaissance Club

06 Jul 2022
Freetips staff 06 Jul 2022
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  • The Scottish Open takes place between 7-10 July
  • The tournament takes place at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
  • Min Woo Lee is the defending champion
  • 31 of the world's top 50 golfers are in the field
  • Our 4 selections who can win the title
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Justin Thomas is one of the selections for victory (Getty Images)

The Scottish Open is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour for the first time, and it has attracted one of the strongest non-major fields in years. Which elite golfer will lift the trophy come Sunday?

Min Woo Lee returns to the Scottish Open to defend his title after victory in 2021.

There are 15 past and present Major winners in the lineup, including Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, Hideki Matsuyama, Franceso Molinari, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland.

The tournament offers three exemptions to the Open Championship to the leading three players who finish in the top 10 and ties who are not already exempt.

These are our selections that could win the title this weekend.

Justin Thomas


Justin Thomas has had an excellent year, and his results show. He placed T5 at the Tournament of Champions, T20 at the Farmers Insurance Open, T8 at the Phoenix Open and 6th at the Genesis Invitational.

The American golfer's first average display was finishing T33 at Players Championship, but he bounced back with a T3 place at the Valspar Championship.

His next start was a T35 finish at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and refound his form with a credible T8 place at the Masters, but he could not carry that form into the RBC Heritage, finishing T35 overall.

The 29-year-old then produced impressive results by placing T5 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, winning his second PGA Championship and Major title of his career and placing 3rd at the RBC Canadian.

Thomas's form dipped when he missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and finished T37 at the US Open.

The world's number five ranked golfer has played at the Scottish Open twice, placing T9 in 2019 and T8 last year.

Thomas will start on Thursday with confidence that he can come away with the title as his performances this year and in the past at the Renaissance Club have been excellent.

Matt Fitzpatrick


Matt Fitzpatrick's year has been outstanding around the greens, winning for the first time in the United States when he secured the first Major title of his career at the recent US Open.

Before that, the 27-year-old finished T6 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, T10 at the Phoenix Open, T9 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and MC at the Players Championship.

The Englishman returned to form by finishing T5 at the Valspar Championship, T18 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and T14 at the Masters, but he missed the cut at the RBC Heritage.

Fitzpatrick shrugged off that poor performance by placing T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship, T5 at the PGA Championship, MC at the Memorial Tournament and T10 at the RBC Canadian Open.

The world's number ten ranked golfer's last three starts at the Scottish Open have been impressive. He placed T14 in 2018, T14 in 2019 and was runner-up in 2021.

Fitzpatrick has been ultra-consistent and will be looking to go one better this year and win the Scottish Open. 

Will Zalatoris


Will Zalatoris began his year placing T6 at the American Express and second at the Farmers Insurance Open.

His next three starts were decent, finishing T26 at the Genesis Invitational, T38 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T26 at the Players Championship.

The 25-year-old American returned to form with a T5 place at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and T6 at the Masters.

He missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson but put in a brilliant performance at the PGA Championship, where he finished runner-up.

Zalatoris could not replicate that form at the Charles Schwab Challenge, missing the cut but again showed that he had been in great touch all year by placing T5 at the Memorial Tournament and T2 at the US Open; his third-second place in 2022.

The 13th world-ranked golfer finished T26 in his only appearance at the Scottish Open in 2021.

Zalatoris has done everything right on the golf course except win, but he will fancy his chances to lift the trophy this weekend.  

Ryan Fox


Ryan Fox offers excellent value and is the long-shot pick for the Scottish Open.

The 35-year-old did not begin his year with any form on the greens, finishing 61st at the Abu Dhabi Championship, T26 at the Dubai Desert Classic and missing the cut at the Ras al Khaimah Championship.

The New Zealander refound his touch when he won the Ras al Khaimah Classic, and he has not looked back since that victory.

He placed T15 at the ISPS Handa Championship, T9 at the Catalunya Championship, T8 at the Betfred British Masters, T2 at the Soudal Open, 54th at the PGA Championship and T2 at the Dutch Open.

Fox struggled with the conditions at the US Open, missing the cut but continued with his impressive form by placing third at the BMW International and runner-up at the Irish Open this past weekend.

His first two appearances at the Scottish Open were excellent, placing T4 in 2017 and T6 in 2018. However, he missed the cut in 2019 and finished T44 in 2021.

Fox will start with the belief he can win for the second time this year as he has had a victory, three-second places, a third-place and two top-10 finishes in his last 10 tournaments. 
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Verdict

Thomas has posted two strong results here in the past and can win his second title for the year at the Renaissance Club.

Fitzpatrick nearly won last year and will be challenging for the title come Sunday.

Zalatoris has gone close to winning multiple times this year, and this looks like the ideal tournament to crack his maiden victory.

Fox has been producing consistent top results and is a worthy long-shot value bet in Scotland.

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