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Scottish Open 2022 picks, predictions, field, best bets, odds: Golf expert backing Spieth, fading Hovland

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It's the best of both worlds this week as the co-sanctioned 2022 Scottish Open tees off Thursday at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. LIV Golf's push to compete with the top tours has spurred a strategic alliance between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. The Scottish Open field will feature 75 players from each of those tours, plus three from the Korean tour and three sponsor exemptions. The PGA Tour's involvement – and the British Open being set for St. Andrews, just 20 miles across the Firth of Forth, next week – means a stacked 2022 Scottish Open field. It includes 14 of the top 15 golfers in the world, with Rory McIlroy the only absentee, making it the strongest in the event's history. Top-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, recent U.S. Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick and fellow major champs Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are just a few of the stars set to tee off this week.           

Caesars Sportsbook lists Rahm as the 11-1 favorite in its latest 2022 Scottish Open golf odds. Thomas and Scheffler are both priced at 12-1, followed by 2021 Scottish Open runner-up Fitzpatrick (18-1) and Xander Shauffele (18-1). Before making any 2022 Scottish Open picks, you really need to see the golf predictions and best bets from golf insider Patrick McDonald.

After spending time at FanSided and NBC Sports EDGE, McDonald joined CBS Sports as a golf writer in the spring of 2022. Now covering the sport from a broader perspective, McDonald still likes to dip his toes into the betting pools on a weekly basis on the PGA Tour.

He takes a measured approach to his outright selections and is up more than 64 units on those plays in 2022, having hit Cameron Smith (22-1) at the Tournament of Champions, Hudson Swafford (250-1) at The American Express, Joaquin Niemann (70-1) at the Genesis Invitational and Justin Thomas (66-1) live at the PGA Championship.

Now, McDonald has studied the 2022 Scottish Open field and locked in his best bets, top sleepers and favorites to avoid. Head to SportsLine to see them.

Top 2022 Scottish Open expert predictions

Shockingly, McDonald is fading young star Viktor Hovland, who is priced at 35-1 at Caesars but has been trending in the wrong direction. The 24-year-old certainly has the skills to excel at The Renaissance Club, but his game has been off, and he has particularly struggled in the short game. Rankings of 204th in strokes gained around the green and 86th in scrambling don't point to success on this course, and his putter also can be a problem. He is a solid 28th in strokes gained putting but 114th in three-putt avoidance, He has not finished in the top 20 since March.  

On the other hand, Spieth has been excellent across the pond, but The Renaissance Club will be a slightly different test. The modern links course has severe contours on the greens, which could be an issue as Spieth has struggled with his putter at times. But he has gained strokes on the greens in two of his past three events. He is 114th in strokes gained with his putter. Spieth has a win and four other top-10's in eight British Opens, and he was a runner-up on a similar track at Royals St. George's last year. He has three top-10's in his past seven tournaments. 

How to make 2022 Scottish Open golf picks

For this week at The Renaissance Club, McDonald has locked in a slew of other bets for the 2022 Scottish Open, including an outright play on a massive triple-digit long shot. He says it "could be the perfect time to buy in" on him, and you can only see who it is and get the rest of the picks at SportsLine.

So what 2022 Scottish Open prop picks should you target? Which huge long shot can make a serious run at the title, and where does all the betting value lie? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Patrick McDonald's top prop picks for Scottish Open 2022, all from the expert who's up more than 64 units on outright plays in 2022.

2022 Scottish Open odds, field, top contenders

See full Scottish Open picks, best bets, and predictions here.

Jon Rahm +1100

Justin Thomas +1200

Scottie Scheffler +1200

Xander Schauffele +1800

Matt Fitzpatrick +1800

Patrick Cantlay +2200

Cameron Smith +2500

Collin Morikawa +2500

Sam Burns +2800

Will Zalatoris +2800

Jordan Spieth +3000

Hideki Matsuyama +3000

Viktor Hovland +3500

Sungjae Im +3500

Joaquin Niemann +4000

Billy Horschel +4000

Ryan Fox +4500

Tommy Fleetwood +4500

Max Homa +4500

Corey Conners +5000

Justin Rose +5000

Cameron Young +5000

Keegan Bradley +5000

Tyrrell Hatton +6000

Mito Pereira +6500

Lucas Herbert +6500

Aaron Rai +6500

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6500

Brian Harman +6500

Keith Mitchell +6500

Harold Varner +6500

Adrian Meronk +6500

Sebastian Munoz +7000

Robert Macintyre +8000

Matt Kuchar +8000

Maverick McNealy +8000

Alex Noren +8000

Marc Leishman +8000

Gary Woodland +8000

Chris Kirk +8000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +10000

Haotong Li +10000

Mackenzie Hughes +10000

Jason Kokrak +10000

Jordan Smith +10000

Cameron Tringale +10000

Erik Van Rooyen +12500

Luke List +12500

Min Woo Lee +12500

Si-Woo Kim +12500

Jhonattan Vegas +12500

Henrik Stenson +12500

Joel Dahmen +12500

Rickie Fowler +12500

Tom Hoge +12500

Patrick Rodgers +12500

Thomas Detry +12500

Harris English +12500

Matt Wallace +15000

Troy Merritt +15000

Ryan Palmer +15000

Rasmus Hojgaard +15000

Dean Burmester +15000

Johannes Veerman +15000

Francesco Molinari +15000

Matthew Nesmith +15000

Victor Perez +15000

Russell Knox +17500

Edoardo Molinari +17500

Richie Ramsay +17500

Adri Arnaus +20000

Danny Willett +20000

John Catlin +20000

Dylan Frittelli +20000

Padraig Harrington +20000

Sepp Straka +20000

Antoine Rozner +20000

Thorbjorn Olesen +20000

David Lipsky +20000

Alex Smalley +20000

Fabrizio Zanotti +20000

Nick Taylor +25000

Mikko Korhonen +25000

Kurt Kitayama +25000

Stewart Cink +25000

Anirban Lahiri +25000

Jason Scrivener +25000

Joohyung Kim +25000

J.J. Spaun +25000

Thriston Lawrence +25000

Jorge Campillo +25000

Marcus Armitage +25000

Nicolai Hojgaard +25000

Wil Besseling +25000

Alexander Bjork +25000

Wyndham Clark +25000

Lucas Glover +25000

Guido Migliozzi +30000

Sean Crocker +30000

Maximilian Kieffer +30000

Bio Kim +30000

Nino Bertasio +30000

Brandon Stone +30000

Kalle Samooja +30000

Callum Tarren +30000


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