We've learned so much after the first two rounds of the Irish Open one of which is the need for a brand new stat called "strokes gained patience."

Based on the first two rounds here are some bets to consider.

Rafa Cabrera Bello (-3)  12/1

Joint leader after two rounds; he's not generally one to drop out of the mix when there.  Wasn't Rafa tied second at Portrush when Jamie Donaldson won in 2012? And wasn't the weather testing there too?  He was 100/1 coming into the event having not played the BMW last week and done nothing of note for a while but he second in the greens in regulation stats so far and has to be respected.


Luke Donald (-2) 7/1

I met out on the course Tuesday evening with just an iron and a few balls and you could tell he fancied it.  When Ewan Murray says Luke's swing sequence and tempo is back in sync I believe him; for Donald to maintain his rhythm over the weather so far has been amazing. He will win soon, and it could be this week.



Anders Hansen (+1) 50/1

Chatted to him this evening after his second round and he's a very happy man.  Fourth in driving accuracy and fifth in putting so far and has the patience to hang in at the weekend. Great each way shout is my President of the ECB.


Anthony Wall (+1) 150/1

This a guy who has all the shots.  A guy who knows him better than most told me earlier in the week that Wall "goes out and makes money when he needs it" and predicted a great week for him on this course.  Now that he's in the mix after 36 holes and still 150/1 I'm inclined /to believe him. I won't even dare mention Anthony's nickname since we are in Northern Ireland!



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