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The DP World Tour remains in the UK for a fourth consecutive tournament, as the 156 strong field get ready to take on the links test of Fairmont St Andrews.

This is the third edition of the Hero Open, and the second time it's been played on the Torrance course, with a Scottish and an English winner of the event so far.

There is likely to be another crop of British names challenging at the top of the leaderboard this week, with the winner set to receive 290,000 Euros.

WhatHero Open, DP World Tour
WhereFairmont St Andrews, Torrance Course
When28th July - 31st July 2022
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf
OddsRyan Fox 11/1, Richie Ramsay 22/1, Adrian Otaegui 22/1, Oliver Bekker 25/1

Low scoring the order of the week

Grant Forrest will return to Fife this week to defend the trophy he won last year, which is his only Tour title to date.

The Scot fired four rounds in the 60s, including a third round 62, to finish on 24-under-par and win by a shot over England's Paul Waring.

Forrest heads to Fairmont St Andrews in good form this time as well, having secured a T3 finish at last week's CazooClassic – finishing just two shots behind winner Richie Ramsay.

Ryan Fox is the highest ranked player in the field this week, with the New Zealander currently sat inside the top 50 in the world after a stellar season.

Fox, who took a rare break last week, has one win and six other top-10 finishes to his name this season and is at the top of the outright market going into this week's tournament.

Fairmont St Andrews – Torrance Course details

The par-72 links-style course was originally designed by two golfing legends, Gene Sarazen and Sam Torrance, and measures at 7,230 yards.

In 2009, it was remodelled to include eight new holes ahead of that year's Scottish Seniors Open. The course has also played host to Open Championship Final Qualifying.

Expect plenty of birdies this week, especially when you consider -24 was the winning score last year and that the weather conditions are looking favourable.

There are four par-5s that the pros will look to take advantage of, including the 18th - which should be a pretty straight forward 561-yard test.

Three to follow

Andy Sullivan

There have been some promising signs from Andy Sullivan in recent months, with two top-10 finishes since the middle of May.

One of those came at Hillside last week, when the Englishman finished T8 following weekend rounds of 65 and 69.

Sullivan - 60/1 to take the title this week - finished inside the top-50 at this tournament last year, which was impressive when you consider he started with an opening round 73.

For a golfer who has played in the Ryder Cup and has four Tour titles to his name, the 35-year-old has endured a tough couple of years but now seems to be on the road to recovery.

Hurly Long

After a short stint in the US, Hurly Long is back on the DP World Tour and looking to build on recent good performances.

The German finished seventh in the Barracuda Championship two weeks ago and fourth in the Barbasol Championship earlier this month, so should be full of confidence.

With the scoring expected to be low this week, Long's stats make interesting reading – he is currently seventh on Tour for Stroke Average and eighth for Average Putts Per Round.

The 27-year-old, who has recorded another four top-10 finishes this season, has carded 13 sub-par scores in his last 16 rounds and is 30/1 to collect his first DP World Tour title on Sunday.

Matthew Southgate

Another Englishman who should have a big chance this week is Matthew Southgate, who finished this tournament on a high 12 months ago.

Southgate carded a final round 64 at Fairmont St Andrews, as he finished 33rd, and will feel he can challenge at the top of the leaderboard after some strong showings in recent weeks.

The man from Southend was T15 at the Scandinavian Mixed in mid-June and then collected another top-20 finish (T16) at this month's Irish Open.

He made a solid start at the Cazoo Classic, carding rounds of 67 and 71 on the first two days, before falling away over the weekend to finish T56.

Links golf suits his game and Southgate, who won the St Andrews Links Trophy as an amateur, is available at 80/1 to take top spot this week.

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