McIlroy can make it third time lucky


Rory McIlroy is the highest-ranked player in the field for this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the world number six has a good record in this European Tour event.

McIlroy, who will reportedly be playing alongside his Dad this week, has twice finished second in the Dunhill Links and showed signs last week that he is rediscovering his top form.

The 28-year-old finished second to Paul Dunne at the British Masters, with rounds of 64 and 63 over the weekend, and is the 11/2 favourite to collect the 670,000 euros first prize.

One player who has enjoyed success in this tournament before and loves the conditions, is South African Branden Grace.

The 2012 champion (21/1 – Outright) has enjoyed his best performances on British soil this year, finishing tied-15th at the Scottish Open before claiming a top-10 finish (T6) in the Open Championship.

Grace has also had two top-12 finishes on the US Tour in 2017 and heads to Scotland as one of the few International players to come out of the Presidents Cup with any credit, after collecting two points from his matches.

Three of the last four winners of the Dunhill Links have been Englishmen and Matthew Fitzpatrick is among the best hopes from south of the border.

The Yorkshireman has not missed the final-round cut in the last two years in this event, but does come into the tournament in fine form. Fitzpatrick (9/2 – To finish in the Top Five) won the European Masters last month before finished T11 at Close House last week.

Martin Kaymer is another former winner of this tournament, in 2010, and has also finished second so there looks real value in the 17/2 on offer for the German to be the Top Continental Player this week.

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