2012 Irish Open Betting Tips, Royal Portrush GC, 28 Jun 2012 - 01 Jul 2012
Update:The news from the range and todays Pro-Am is that Michael Hoey 50/1 is playing absolutely super. He shot 64 today (in calm conditions) and his playing partner said he could have shot 60. Hoey's caddie Owen Craig also gave me nod so I'll be putting a sneaky fiver each way on him.
Chris Wood 32/1Hard work with Paul Mitchell in Bristol on swing changes are finally beginning to pay dividends for Chris Wood who this week is just one start shy of his 100th Tour appearance. With a best of second place behind Thorbjorn Olesen in Sicily back in April, Chris has finished in the top 25 in Wales and Sweden and finished tied third last week in Germany. Seems to play his best on links courses.
Nicolas Colsaerts 27/1If GMac is going to contend this week, then you can be sure that Nico Colsaerts wont be far behind him. The big Belgian has been first, second, third and fourth already this season and he looks nailed on to make his Ryder Cup debut in Chicago. That win came in the matchplay in Spain on a long course but Colsaerts has also shown a silky touch on shorter tracks. He’ll want to get that final round 76 at Olympic out of his system at Portrush.
Graeme McDowell 10/1Second at Arnie’s place, second at the Volvo Matchplay and second at the Olympic Club, this has to be GMac best chance of a win this season. Though he will be laden down heavily (if not smothered) with media commitments, McDowell may just find some respite in the peace his home course provides this week. Of course a win would be the dream result, but if there’s one thing we’re learning fast, GMac specializes in dreams. Mashed potatoes!!
Richard Green 100/1One of my favourite players and possibly one of the finest gentlemen on the Tour, Richard Green always puts in a big effort around this time of the season. He’ll be as sad as the people of Killarney that the event has moved this year, he finished second in 2011 and tied fifth in 2010. Solid in his last two starts in Sweden and Germany, watch for Green to be flying in Portrush!
Best Of The RestThough he won in Abu Dhabi back in January Robert Rock’s odds (now 65/1) have lengthened since. I wouldn’t be so quick to write Rock off however, I thought he played solid in his top20’s in Spain and battled hard at the PGA Championship in Wentworth to finish 21st. Rock has traditionally played well in Ireland and we know he has the game for links as he showed in his epic battle with Shane Lowry in 2009.
If you, like many, think Portrush to be a strategists course you might like to take a nibble at Thomas Levet each way from odds of 200/1. Levet missed the cut last week in Germany but favours shorter links courses and won around this time last season in Paris.