UG Betting Tips: DDF Irish Open
It’s hard to say how excited I am about the next three weeks of golf. And of course, about the subsequent Urban Golf betting tips I’ll be dutifully offering u! The European Tour seems to have finally gotten around to doing the logical thing; putting the Irish Open in sequence with The Scottish Open and The Open Championship. This links swing will be much like the grass court season in tennis and should also give some good indicators going into The Open.
It’s great to see Portstewart on the tour, and I’m sure it will produce a wonderful tournament. Kudos to McIlroy who will no doubt have been able to exert some influence on the venue, for going to a links course that won’t necessarily favour his game. That said the forecast looks kind and the wind should remain manageable. Links golf has so many nuances that mean these three weeks will see any specialists emerge from the pack.
We are steering clear of the heavy favourites this week in favour of some value among links specialists. That said, Justin Rose would probably head those in our eyes with his current ball-striking and relatively strong links pedigree.
Shane Lowry 28/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £370
It’s hard to believe that is was 8 years ago, as an amateur, that Lowry lifted this title. He may have been a little off colour since his near-miss at the 2016 US Open, but he’s undoubtedly a class act. He’s overdue a run at the title again here. His game is in good shape and he’s been very open about how good his game feels right now. Disregard last week’s blip in Paris – it’s never been an event for his game and he’ll relish a return to the links.
Thorbjorn Olesen 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
Danes have had an incredibly good record in this event with Bjorn, Kjeldsen and Hansen all winning in the last 15 years. Factor in Olesen’s recent form and a win at The Dunhill and he could be the next Dane to claim this title. He loves playing in the wind and having won 5 times on tour will be happy to get back in contention after last week’s third place.
Andy Sullivan 40/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £520
Sullivan was 6th at Royal County Down in this event two years ago, has been 3rd and 18th at Kennemer in the Dutch Open, loves Le Golf National and its links-esque challenge, and has also been second in a windy renewal of the Trophee Hassan in Morocco.
Two starts in The Open have seen him finish 30th and 12th, both entirely respectable. However, the real appeal with Sullivan is that he’s started to drive the ball beautifully again and when he does that, his controlled cut is a real weapon which makes him a big danger in this type of event.
In each of his last three starts he’s ranked fourth or better for fairways hit and with his iron-play dialled in for most of the week in Paris, he looks a good bet to challenge for a fourth European Tour title.
Chris Wood 60/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £770
He’s been a bit up and down of late and has been somewhat restricted due to injury. Put this man on a links course, though, and you’ll always see him play well. From his time on the South West links courses he has always enjoyed the challenge. He controls his ball flight incredibly well and is a man who can really play the game. As opposed to just hitting shots.
Soren Kjeldsen 66/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £422.50
One of the Danes we mentioned above to have won the title. Kjeldsen overcame some late-round yips to claim the title at Royal County Down, but his victory was entirely down to his amazing wind play. He relishes tough conditions. While the forecast looks fair, the wind is set to pick up over the weekend. With his grit he’ll no doubt hang around and relish getting in amongst it!
Matthew Southgate 400/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £2510
You may think that this is a left-field pick, but hold on right there! Southgate was hugely impressive as he claimed a tie for 3rd place in this tournament last year. This was backed up by a top 8 at Royal Troon. He’s coming in hot on the heels of his 3rd win in 4 years at Final Qualifying for The Open. Having qualified at Deal on Tuesday, he will be attuned to the demands of Links golf. That should offset his lack of preparation at Portstewart. At 400/1 we think he is too good a punt to miss!