Alfred Dunhill Links: golf tips and betting guide

Our tipster analyses the field and comes up with some top tips ahead of the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns

The European Tour heads to Scotland for this week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the most popular and revered events on the tour's roster.

The pro-am tournament takes place over the three historic courses - St Andrews' Old, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns - and a top field has been attracted to one of the European Tour's premier events.

As always with links events, the courses will play very differently depending on conditions, but, at this stage, the weather forecast is reasonable.

In the last five years, there have been three winners from Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Simon Dyson, Michael Hoey and Nick Dougherty), all of whom played links golf growing up, and I would expect this week's winner to be proficient and experienced in playing on such courses.

Three members of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup winning team - Paul Lawrie, Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson - will be in action this week. They will all be afforded a hero's reception, but I would we wary about backing any of them this week, despite Kaymer being a past champion (2010).

Instead, I would favour someone who is more rested and refreshed, as the Alfred Dunhill is an exhausting week both on and off the golf course.

The bookmakers have installed 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen as the favourite, and whilst he looks a perfect fit for for the event, there is good value throughout the field.

Martin Laird, at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, is a good price this week. He isn't in the best of form, but grew up playing links golf in his native Scotland. He is a very good driver of the golf ball and has enjoyed another solid season on the PGA Tour. He will be well rested after missing out on the PGA Tour's Tour Championship and confident, having finished 5th the last time he took part in this tournament in 2010.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello is generously priced at 33/1 with Ladbrokes. The Spaniard is in a good run of form, finishing 9th at the BMW Italian Open and 10th the week before at the KLM Open. He came 4th at the Alfred Dunhill in 2008 and currently sits 4th on the European Tour in Greens in Regulation.

Branden Grace, at 33/1 with Ladbrokes, has been quiet of late, but looks poised for a return to form on the European Tour. The South African won his fourth professional title last week in the Sunshine Tour's Vodacom Origins Final at The Links at Fancourt, and was one of only three players to shoot under par in the miserable final-round conditions. He is also no stranger to wining back-to-back titles, having prevailed at the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in consecutive weeks earlier this season.

Scotsman Marc Warren is an excellent price this week at 50/1 with Ladbrokes. He recorded a 12th place finish at the KLM Open and a 10th place finish at the BMW Italian Open on his last European Tour outing. He is currently 12th in Putts per Round and has an excellent record in the Alfred Dunhill, having finished 13th in 2008, 19th in 2009 and 5th in 2011.

Englishman Anthony Wall is a good each way bet this week at 125/1 with Ladbrokes. He finished 5th in this event in 2008, followed by two top 30s in 2009 and 2010. He also came second in this year's Irish Open, played over the links at Royal Portrush.  

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship advised bets:

2pts outright on Martin Laird at 25/1 with Ladbrokes 2pts each way on Rafael Cabrera-Bello at 33/1 with Ladbrokes 2pts each way on Branden Grace at 33/1 with Ladbrokes 2pts each way on Marc Warren at 50/1 with Ladbrokes 1pt each way on Anthony Wall at 125/1 with Ladbrokes  

Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x