Joost Luiten tops my tips ahead of the 2016 Irish Open on the European Tour.

It's my home open this week, the 2016 Irish Open at The K Club.   Before we get into the meat of the tips I did a little piece on how the the big four home favourites are doing in the betting. Feel free to friend me on facebook.

2016 Irish Open Betting Preview and Tips Video

Joost Luiten 33/1

Joost. I do dish dish dish and dish. 33/1

First time back since 2013 when Joost finished T2 behind Paul Casey in Carton House.  His other top 10 came also on a parkland venue (T9) in Killarney in 2010 and he could be a real threat this week. Six top 10’s already this season and top class of late with a solo 2nd at the Open deEspana and T2 in Shenzhen.

Bernd Wiesberger 45/1

Bernd. Back from the dark side. aka the PGA Tour.
Third appearance at the Irish Open. Impressed greatly on his debut in 2011 in Killarney finishing solo fourth and was T2 at a windy Royal County Down last year.  Four of his last five starts have been in the USA, with the other in China and while he has made the cut, the finishes could best be described as solid if unspectacular.

Ross Fisher 60/1

Ross Fisher 60/1. Grey hair but dark horse.
If ever there was a player you feel has or had massive untapped potential it is Ross Fisher.  Winner in Killarney in 2010, Ireland will carry happy memories and on a not too dissimilar track here, he may be one to watch.  Since that victory Ross has never finished outside the top 35 and added top 10’s in Portrush and Fota Island since.  Eight straight made cuts this season to date and a recent T6 in Valderrama and T16 in Shenzhen.  Top 20 in fairways hits and GIR in his last four starts; if Ross gets his putts here another big finish awaits.

Thongchai Jaidee 80/1 

Thongchai. He can fly.
Coming into the meat of the season it’s time for Thongchai to shine.  Never outside the top 20 in three starts in Ireland, T20 in 2009, T18 in 2013 and T10 last year. T14 at the True Thailand Classic is his best recent result but but missed cuts at RBC Heritage and Texas in his last two starts. Might benefit from a change of scenery.

Chris Wood 80/1

Chris Wood. What a body.
Three top-10’s in six Irish Open starts for Chris dating back to 2009 when Shane Lowry won on the links in Baltray.  He was T10 then and followed that with a T3 in 2010 and a T8 in Fota Island.  T16 last year.  A poor third round in Valderrama and poor final round at The Masters skew his recent performance stats but was a very solid T20 at Bay Hill on that American foray.

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