A host of the sport’s brightest stars head across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle this week to take on the delights of links golf as the Open Championship looms into view.
The Irish Open is being held this year at Portstewart Golf Club, on the north coast of the island. Although the long range weather forecast is for fair conditions and low winds, it seems sensible to rely on players who have proved themselves in the past in links conditions.
One such player is Shane Lowry. The Irishman won this tournament eight years ago, as an amateur, not far from here. He has struggled this year after coming close in the 2016 US Open, but showed signs of playing his way back to form when placing sixth in Wentworth in May. He is sure to enjoy these conditions.
Another is Joost Luiten. Renowned for his play during windy conditions, the Dutchman looks on the verge of playing really well. He featured last week in Paris before falling away, while his previous two tournaments have seen finishes of tied 14th and tied 7th.
Finally, we are going to take a punt on Joakim Lagergren. The Swede has been playing nicely of late, finishing tied 14th in the BMW International a couple of weeks ago. But it’s his play in windy conditions that makes us consider him. He came tied second in Qatar earlier this year and fourth in the Alfred Dunhill Links late last year. And most importantly, his surname includes God’s drink, amber nectar! He’s worth a chance at big odds.
Lowry 0.5 pts each way at 28/1, Skybet 1/4 odds top 6
Luiten 0.5 pts each way at 55/1, Betfred 1/4 odds top 6
Lagergren 0.5 pts each way at 100/1, SkyBet 1/4 odds top 6
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