The Irish Open 2018, Outright Preview

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The Ballyliffin Golf Course is the host to this week’s Irish Open hosted by the Rory Mcilroy Foundation.

We don’t have much information on this par 72 layout but indications are that scoring should be fairly easy.  It is a links venue and that means weather could play a big role although conditions look set to be calm for the majority of the week.

Rory Mcilroy is the market leader at 7/1 with Jon Rahm, the defending champion, 15/2 and you can get 22/1 and better the field.

 

Past Winners (at different venues)

2017 – Jon Rahm -24

2016 – Rory McIlroy -12

2015 – Soren Kjeldsen -2 *

2014 – Mikko Ilonen -13

2013 – Paul Casey -14

 

*playoff

 

Betting

Rory Mcilroy 7/1

Jon Rahm 15/2

Matthew Fitzpatrick 22/1

Rafa Cabrera Bello 22/1

Andy Sullivan 22/1

Thorbjorn Olesen 28/1

Shane Lowry 28/1

 

30/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change.

 

Selections

Jon Rahm win only at 15/2

Jon Rahm faded last week but still managed a top 5 finish, his second in 3 starts.  He trotted up on a different course winning by 6 shots last year and of the two favourites I prefer him this week as Mcilroy will have plenty of other duties to think about.

 

Dylan Frittelli each way at 66/1

The South African caught my eye last week with a top 15 finish in France and after a lean spell he could well now be coming to hand. Like many South Africans he plays well on links golf courses and I am pleasantly surprised to be getting 66/1 about his chances.

 

Eddie Pepperell each way at 110/1

Because I have gone for a market leader in Jon Rahm I am going to throw in some real long shots and Eddie Pepperell fits the bill.  He hasn’t been in the greatest form of late but enjoys links golf and tends to be a bit inconsistent so could pop up at anytime.  I would actually prefer his chances if the wind was forecast to blow this week but at the price certainly cannot do any damage by backing him.

 

Andy Sullivan each way at 22/1

Sullivan has been a regular in my staking plan of late and he certainly appears to be coming back to form after a lean spell.  He has 3 top 10’s in his last 5 starts and was just outside the top 20 last week in France.

 

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