We have a fantastic summer of golf to come as some of the biggest events on the calendar take place in the UK. Fans wait in anticipation as players look to write their name into the history books and we can follow the drama live. For those who can’t make it along to watch professional golf in the summer sun, Sky Sports provide live coverage, keeping us in the loop. Here are our top Irish Open betting tips.
This week’s offering comes from The North Course, Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare as attentions turn to what will be an interesting renewal of the Irish Open. Play gets underway on Thursday morning and you can follow all four days of play, taking us through to Sunday’s climax, live on Sky Sports, with expert commentary and analysis.
Co. Clare Plays Host for the 64th Edition
This competition has been included in the European Tour as an annual event since 1974 but it’s worth knowing the venue changes, so that makes looking at course form all the more difficult. The 64th outing will be played in Co Clare, a course that will provide those in attendance with a real challenge. Many won’t take kindly to the week ahead but finding the players who will enjoy going around Lahinch Golf Club could see you profit from the occasion.
There’s no lack of betting markets available. You can put your money where your mouth is and back the outright winner or take advantage of the safety net that comes with playing each-way. There are also no lack of specials markets, including top 10 finish, first round leader, to make the cut, top American, top European, a hole in one, and plenty more besides.
When the play gets underway, you’ll be delighted to learn many of the most popular options remain live thanks to in-play betting, meaning a punt on the outcome is always possible. Get on early to secure a better price about your selection winning the Irish Open or be patient and wait until we see which players take to the course. After a few holes it will become obvious who is sizing up a big weekend and who doesn’t seem to fancy it. You’ll also get a chance to see what the weather is doing, which is always important when betting on UK and Irish sport.
Stars Come Out to Shine
Some of the biggest names in professional golf are in attendance for this tournament and a glance at the antepost betting shows traders are keen on the chances of Jon Rahm, pricing the young Spaniard at the top of the outright betting market. Those happy to follow the lead of traders on that one can get their hands on 8/1 when taking advantage of the generosity shown by Bet365. If you do intent on backing the jolly, please be aware there’s plenty of 7/1 available on the same player, so tread carefully. Don’t take a lower price on your selection.
After the favourite there’s no shortage of eye-catching prices around and we quickly get into double figure odds. Tommy Fleetwood is market best price at William Hill who are offering 12/1 on a man available at 11/1 elsewhere. There seems a degree of uncertainty in the market, so make sure you do your research before throwing your stake away. You can rest assured we’ll always keep you right when it comes to getting best price as we research the market fully before offering our thoughts.
Matt Wallace comes in at third in the betting and those pinning their hopes on 29-year-old Englishman from Hillingdon will benefit from 16/1 when collecting Ladbrokes offer. We then get into the bigger prices and there’s 18/1 on Shane Lowry at Bet365, 18/1 Louis Oosthuizen and a staggering 25/1 (Bet365) for Tyrrell Hatton to come out on top at the close of play on Sunday. Most firms are offering each-way terms of 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4-5.
Rahm a Convincing Favourite
As mentioned, there’s not an awful lot to take from the course form due to the fact the Irish Open shifts between venues but it is worth looking back through the records of the Irish Open in an attempt to find a pattern worth following. Russell Knox won last year in a play-off, recording a winning score of 14 under par, claiming the crown worn by John Rahm in 2017. The latter carded an incredible -24 and, with that in mind, it’s little wonder the money men are keen to support him.
Regular readers of our column will know only too well we don’t tend to follow the market when betting on golf, however, and much prefer to take a stab at a lively outsider in the betting. A player with a decent price attached we believe has a chance of upsetting the odds is the usual approach and this weekend is no different. The man to carry our stake money in the Irish Open will be Tyrrell Hatton who looks to have every chance of landing a blow on the bookies.
The 27-year-old Englishman has performed well in this competition in the past, putting in a couple of top 10 finishes and another strong effort would catch no one off-guard. He also arrives in decent form, having proved what he is capable of in recent outings and that ensures we’ll have our cash down on a man with confidence to spare. If he can hit the ground running at the Irish Open, there’s no reason why he can’t be in contention heading into Sunday. We’ll happily take advantage of the each-way value.