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Fantasy Three to watch in Scotland

The European Tour travels to Scotland this week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. One of the most unique weeks on Tour, it pairs amateurs, including a host of well-known celebrities, alongside professionals for four days.

Jon Rahm

But which players should you keeping an eye on? Our stats guru has crunched the numbers to bring you three selections for your fantasy teams this week.

Favourite - Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm starts the week in Scotland as a strong favourite with a chance to win his third title on links turf - something that’s hardly surprising when you look at his form.

The Spaniard has four top tens and a win in his last seven worldwide starts and that victory came at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - where his record there speaks for itself - two wins and a share of fourth in three appearances on the island of Ireland.

His love for links started in 2016, with his maiden European Tour victory coming in Northern Ireland at Portstewart Golf Club where he set the tournament scoring record for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with a remarkable 24 under par total.

Flashback to the BMW PGA Championship last week and you’ll see just how much of a fierce competitor Rahm is. On his first start at Wentworth Club he recorded three rounds in the 60s and finished solo second, after going head-to-head with Danny Willett.

It is worth mentioning that this is Rahm's first visit to The Old Course at St Andrews and his debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - but his romance with links golf looks set to continue this week.

Jon Rahm

Form horse - Tyrrell Hatton

He may not have brought his A-game to Wentworth, but Tyrrell Hatton has found a home away from home at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

In the past three years the Englishman has won this tournament twice, with a score of 47 under par, and when he didn’t triumph last season he finished tied for second.

Hatton’s links record is superb. He’s played 44 rounds on links courses and his average score to par is -1.89 per round. At the Alfred Dunhill Links alone he’s played 324 holes and made 95 birdies, leaving him at 61 under par overall - phenomenal numbers whichever way you look at it.

When it comes to the biggest stage in links golf, The Open Championship, Tyrrell Hatton is no stranger to success either. Rewind ten weeks and after a final-round 69 Hatton claimed his top result of the season so far, tied sixth at Royal Portrush. He also impressed back at Royal Troon in 2016 where he finished tied fifth, his best major finish.

Tyrrell Hatton

Wildcard - Padriag Harrington

Fresh off naming Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for next year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin, Padraig Harrington is gearing up to contend at another Alfred Dunhill Links with J.P McManus as his partner once again.

Harrington alongside Tyrrell Hatton are the only players to win this championship twice and are both chasing a record third triumph. The Irishman won in 2002 and 2006, where he also triumphed in the Team Championship, but with a tied seventh finish at St Andrews last year it would be foolish to count out the three-time Major Champion.

The Ryder Cup Captain is also the most successful performer in the history of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, with 18 starts, two wins and seven top tens. Harrington is now the only player to tee it up in this event every year since its inception in 2001 - will experience pay off?

Padraig Harringhton

Those are our picks, did we do enough to convince you? Add them to your European Tour Daily Fantasy Game and your line-up in the Fantasy Race to Dubai before the action begins on Thursday.

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