Betting Preview: Irish Open
Rory McIlroy 8/1
Proved his Quail Hollow 62 was no flash in the pan with a stunning Tghursday 63 at St. Andrews. Perhaps a more experienced McIlroy would have hung on in there on Open Friday but his tied third finish was overall a satisfactory result. Fourth in France before the Open, Rory plays well on courses where accurate iron play is rewarded. Killarney may just suit him down to the ground and Rors is sure to have the following of the home support.
Robert Rock 50/1
Rock’s seventh place finish at The Open brought to four his top ten haul since the beginning of June and though he ran out of steam last week in Sweden missing the cut, he remains one to watch this week. Rock bagged all the swag last year though he lost the playoff with Shane Lowry and always seems to be there or there abouts in Irish events. Expect to see lots of caddy Jamie Lane painstakingly lining his putts again this week. So close in Estoril and Celtic Manor recently, a win may not be far away.
Justin Rose 15/1
The last time Rose played in Ireland, he had barely two hours sleep before he teed it up. That JP pro-am appearance was his last before missing the cut at the Open but expect a refreshed and focussed Rose to show at Killarney this week. Winner of The Memorial and the AT&T National Stateside, a win this week would cement Rose’s place in Monty’s European Team for Celtic Manor. Rose hasn’t played the Irish Open since 2002 and he’s not popping in this time to make up the numbers.
Jamie Donaldson 66/1
I was very impressed by Jamie Donaldson’s final round of 68 in Sweden last week. His tied eighth finish ended a run of three straight missed cuts for the Welshman and he heads to Killarney with renewed confidence. Indeed it was that very attribute that brought Donaldson on a run five top tens in six events from the end of March to the end of May. The SAS Masters in Sweden had the August bank holiday slot in the 2009 season and Donaldson finished second, so if you’re a believer that a golfers form goes in annual cycles, stick a fiver each way on Jamie.
Brett Rumford 100/1
Aussie Brett Rumford showed some serious bouncebackability tying fourth at the Scandinavian Masters last weekend after being disqualified at the Scottish Open. Rumford took a bogey four on the short 17th in his second round, but a three was put on his card by playing partner Sam Little, who was marking it. The 32-year-old from Perth made the cut with one shot to spare, only to be ejected shortly after. The 2004 Irish Open winner may not be the most consistent player week in week out but second and third places in Qatar and South Korea this season, proves he still has game.
Best Of The Rest
Peter Lawrie 66/1 missed the cut last week but remains one of the most consistent players on Tour. If ever he had a chance to add to his 2008 Open de Espana win, the more manageable Killen track may just provide it. Spain’s Alejandro Canizares 50/1 makes his first appearance since his final round 77 dropped him down the leaderboard at the Open having had a super tournament up to that. I’ve been impressed by Canizares since his Iberian second and third in May and he continued his form tying second at Paris National.
Irish Open 2010 Betting Tips