Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Killarney, Co Kerry, Republic of Ireland 28 Jul 2011 - 31 Jul 2011
Robert Rock 40/1
Surely the Irish Open owes Robert Rock a win. The Belfry pro bagged all the cash but not the win when Shane Lowry pipped him in a playoff in Baltray two years back and last year he suffered more heartbreak when disqualified after the first round. To add insult to injury Rock had just shot a first round 65 to co lead the event. Finally got his first win at the BMW Italian Open in June and made a big splash at Congressional contending at the US Open having arrived just hours before it started.
Richard Green 28/1
Last year when he finished tied fifth Richard Green described the Killeen Course in Killarney as very similar to the one he grew up on in Killarney. Not the longest hitter on Tour, Green will enjoy the shorter test this week where shot shaping and good putting are rewarded. Winner of last years Portugal Masters on the short but tricky Villamoura layout, Green has been solid of late with top 15’s in Munich and France and tied 16th at The Open.
Padraig Harrington 18/1
Those lucky enough to follow Padraig Harrington last year will have witnessed a short game exhibition from the three time Major Champion. The fact that he came second, just two shots behind Ross Fisher having it only 47% of the fairways proves this. Forget his formline so far this year, Padraig Harrington will be up to reproduce his 2007 win. With the rough up, he’ll really need to be straight off the tee.
Joost Luiten 33/1
A decent long odds each way shout this week might Joost Luiten. The Dutchman’s top 10 last year was all the more impressive considering his opening round of 74. He hasn’t been in good form of late with missed cuts in France and Scotland followed by a poor Open Championship but I saw enough in his tied third at the BMW in Munich and tied fifth at the Italian Open in June to believe he can contend this week.
Richard Finch 50/1
Former Irish Open champion Richard Finch will quietly fancy his chances this week and why shouldn’t he? Though he drove it on average 25 yards shorter than winner Alex Noren in Sweden last week, Finch was the straightest driver and best putter in the field. A reproduction of those two stats in Killarney are sure to sure to yield even greater success than his second last week. Finch was the only player in the field to be under par in the final round last Sunday.