May 17th, 2016
Place your bets at the Irish Open
Words: The Spiv, AKA Nicholas Kevern Photography: Getty Images
The European Tour is back in Ireland for the Irish Open this week. The K Club will play host to some stellar names including Rory McIlroy. One thing for sure, there is plenty of value at this one, provided you give Rory a miss. He enters with the best price of 4/1.
Once you look past him the next favourite is Danny Willett at a massive 18/1. However, there will be plenty of quality on show at some fantastic prices. If you are thinking of a little wager then perhaps you might want to take a look at some of the other contenders.
Shane Lowry 22/1 (Coral)
The Irishman will be looking for another strong performance on home turf. He performed strongly at the Players following a lean period and could possibly contend with the home crowd behind him. At 22/1, he starts as the third favourite yet his form has been a concern with two missed cuts in his past five events.
Graeme McDowell 33/1 (Ladbrokes)
Better odds from the other Irishman who enters following a top ten performance at the Players. Like Lowry, he will surely be galvanised by the home support. A winner back in November and 4 top ten finishes. However, he is prone to miss cuts too. When’s he good, he’s amazing. We will just have to see which GMac decides to turn up.
Russell Knox 33/1 (888)
Knox knows what to do to win following his victory at the WGC HSBC earlier in the season. Two second place finishes including one recently at the RBC Heritage a few weeks ago. Knox has continued his fine form with a top 20 finish at the Players. In a weaker field, he really could shine.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 35/1 (PaddyPower)
Cabrera-Bello form has been solid. In his past five events, he has managed four top 20 finishes. Two of those were top-five finishes themselves. A fine ball-striker whose odds don’t quite match his pedigree. This could be the best price you’ll see on him for a while.
Thorbjorn Olesen 66/1 (BetVictor)
Olesen has become a very decent player recently with three consecutive top 20 finishes including an 8th place finish at Shenzhen. Of the nine events he has played, he has hit the top ten three times. A rising talent who will be looking to impress Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke. At 66/1, Olesen is a very good Each Way to place.
Estanislao Goya 250/1 (888)
Goya has hit form at the right time going into this one. Has made every cut since January with ever decreasing finishes. Finished 3rd at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and will be looking to continue that way in a stronger field. Whilst unlikely to win he would certainly be a shrewd Each way.