The PGA Tour takes a detour down to the Dominican Republic, so we’ll concentrate this week on Europe and the Irish Open.
The island of Ireland is renowned for its links courses, including Royal Portrush, host of last year’s Open Championship, where Shane Lowry won in such style.
If this event was played on one of those coastal courses we would have no difficulty recommending Lowry again, as he’s playing reasonably well and is great in the wind.
However, this week’s venue is Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Ballymena, a parkland layout, opened in just 1997.
Now Lowry could still win, he is the highest ranked player in the field, but we think this type of venue increases the number of players that can win.
Firstly, we’re going to take a chance on Wilco Nienaber, a big-hitting South African who turned professional last year aged 19 after winning his country’s Amateur Championship.
His last two tournaments have seen him finish tied 14th in the Portugal Masters and tied 6th in the Andalusia Masters. He has talent, and we think a win is not far away.
Our second selection is Sebastian Soderberg. The Swede won the European Masters last year, beating Rory McIlroy among others, so he clearly has class.
He dipped a little after that, but has been showing some form of late, including shooting a 66 and a 64 last week in Portugal. He can throw in a big number at times, but we’re getting a price to compensate for that possibility.
Nienaber to win, 1 pt, at 25/1, Unibet
Soderberg 0.5 pts each way at 50/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, SkyBet