Taking an Englishman for a Scottish Open Top 20 pick: Best Bet for July 12

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Tommy Fleetwood waves after his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday, June 18, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here is our best bet for Wednesday, July 12:

TOP PLAY

The play: Scottish Open, Tommy Fleetwood to finish top 20

The odds/bet: -105

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: The tournament begins at 2:15 a.m. CT Thursday; Streaming on ESPN+; TV coverage on Golf Channel starting at 10:30 a.m. each day and on CBS starting at noon Saturday and Sunday.

Our take: Most of the PGA stars have hopped across the pond, leaving us a star-studded field for this warmup event ahead of next week’s British Open. Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are big favorites but don’t look past Fleetwood, who lost this event in a playoff in 2020.

Getting plus odds on Fleetwood to finish in the top 20 seems like a great bargain considering he was also fourth at the event last year and has top 10s in three of his past five events on the PGA Tour, including the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

What’s more, Fleetwood’s game is well-designed for a links course — no surprise for an Englishman — as he’s a proven successful player in the wind, on slow greens and out of the pot bunkers that the Renaissance Club features.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Tuesday’s best bets

• MLB All-Star Game: National League over American League (WON)

• MLB All-Star Game: OVER 7.5 runs (LOST)

Tuesday’s record: 1-1

Total for the week: 1-3

Total for July: 8-13

Total for 2023: 158-175

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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