Scottish Open 2022 Fantasy golf picks, advice, expert rankings: Back Sam Burns at The Renaissance Club

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A top-tier field is ready for a final major tune-up this week when the 2022 Scottish Open tees off at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. The historic 150th British Open is on deck at St. Andrews next week, and nine of the world’s top 10 players will prepare on the Tom Doak-designed modern links course on the coast of the North Sea next door to iconic Muirfield. The difficulty of the track depends on the weather, and early forecasts predict moderate winds and slight rain chances. Top-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler will go for his fifth win of the season, while fellow 25-year-old Sam Burns seeks his fourth. Matt Fitzpatrick, last seen celebrating his U.S. Open victory, and the likes of Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth all will be on hand for the event co-sanctioned by the PGA and European tours. Min Woo Lee is the defending champion, as he beat Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in a playoff last year, but this tournament has never seen a level of competition like this.     

Rahm is the 11-1 favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest 2022 Scottish Open odds, with Scheffler and Justin Thomas both right behind at 12-1. Fitzpatrick (18-1), Xander Schauffele (18-1), Patrick Cantlay (22-1), Cameron Smith (25-1) and Morikawa (25-1) also are top contenders. Can Scheffler keep rolling and be the best foundation for your 2022 Scottish Open Fantasy golf picks? Or would taking a young star like Sam Burns (28-1) or Will Zalatoris (28-1) be more likely to pay off? Before setting any Fantasy golf lineups or making any 2022 Scottish Open picks, be sure you check out the Fantasy golf projections from SportsLine expert Riley Gates.

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Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.

Gates has been crushing his golf picks all season. At last week’s John Deere Classic, he nailed 40-1 long shot J.T. Poston as a potential winner. “Poston has been sniffing a win in recent months,” Gates said. “At these odds, I think it is more than fair to give Poston a light sprinkle to come away with the win.”


The 29-year-old went 21 under at TPC Deere Run to cruise to a three-stroke victory, his second on the PGA Tour and his first in nearly three years. Gates’ top three fantasy anchors also all finished in the top 16, two of them in the top 10.

At the Travelers, he was all over Sahith Theegala, who was priced at just $7,300 at DraftKings and finished as a runner-up to help many Fantasy golf players cash in. At the Memorial, five of Gates’ nine picks finished in the top 15, including his biggest sleeper, Brendan Steele — just $6,600 at DraftKings — who posted a top-10 finish.

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And at the Wells Fargo, four of his top six players finished in the top five, including winner Max Homa, a 40-1 long shot. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.

Now, Gates has ranked his top golfers for the 2022 Scottish Open, and you’ll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his Fantasy golf rankings and Scottish Open picks at SportsLine.

2022 Scottish Open Fantasy golf expert picks

Burns has been in a brief rut, but Gates is firmly behind him this week, even at a fairly high price of $9,200 at DraftKings. “I feel like we are about to see him get hot again,” the expert says, after Burns missed the cut at the Travelers. That came on the heels of a T-27 finish at the U.S. Open, but the 25-year-old won the Charles Schwab and tied for fourth in his two events before his backstep at Brookline. He has the short game to succeed at The Renaissance Club, ranking 12th on tour in strokes gained putting and 14th in greens in regulation (69.35 percent)  

On the other hand, the expert isn’t nearly as high on Morikawa, especially the week before a major, and is fading him. The 25-year-old is likely to be distracted by the task in front of him at St. Andrews as he prepares to defend his title next week. And he has a history of indifferent play before majors. He finished in the top five in both the Masters and PGA Championship this year, but he was T-68 in his final individual event before Augusta and missed the cut at The Memorial before the PGA. He also has putting issues that could be exacerbated on these tough greens.  

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How to set your 2022 Scottish Open Fantasy golf rankings

For this week’s tournament at The Renaissance Club, Gates is backing a long shot who is priced at just over $7,000 at DraftKings. This player gains strokes both off the tee and tee-to-green and posted a strong finish his last time out. You can see who it is at SportsLine

Who wins the 2022 Scottish Open, and who are the top players to target for your Fantasy picks? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ Fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 Scottish Open, all from the fantasy expert who has been on fire with his picks.

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