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Dave Tindall: Back Jorge Campillo @ 50/1

Jorge Campillo enters this week ranked fifth on the Race to Dubai so there is a direct argument that he’s a spot of worth at 50/1. Since the beginning of March, the Spaniard has awakened five top-three finishes, highlighted by a first European Tour triumph when landing the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. There was a brief pause in his streak of excellent results but he is hit back with T15 and T7 in the last two weeks. The only real question is how can he play golf? He definitely showed he would with rounds of 69-64-69-66 for seventh place in a week’s Irish Open while he had been tied eighth in this event at Castle Stuart at 2016 when not the player he is currently. That outcome could be important as local Scottish pro, Grant Forrest, has likened this week’s route, The Renaissance Club (opened 2008), together with Castle Stuart, describing them both as modern links with big undulating greens. Campillo hit over 80% of greens in regulation a week (ranked third) and a repeat of that strong iron play can take him much.
Paul Krishnamurty: Rear Erik Van Rooyen @ 40/1
Following a missed cut Ireland when broadly tipped, Erik Van Rooyen’s chances may be inflated. Every leading South African to emerge from the previous 30 years went on to create an impact at the maximum level – winning figures or going really close. There is plenty of evidence from his ancient form on either side of the Atlantic which Van Rooyen will perform the exact same and links golf looks a particular forte. He headed through 54 holes of last year’s Irish Open and maintained for a long way from the Open Championship at Carnoustie on what was his major debut. His finest 2019 outcomes were at exposed courses that correlate very nicely with hyperlinks, when runner-up from the Trophee Hassan and Qatar Masters. He has reinforced that positive impression with cuts made from his first two US majors, including a nice eighth place in the USPGA.

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