Irish Open Betting Tips
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Rob Cobley’s Irish Open Betting Tips
Galgorm Castle Golf Club - County Antrim, Northern Ireland - Par 71, 7,224 Yards
The European Tour makes an unscheduled stop in County Antrim this week, as they take advantage of the cancelation of the Ryder Cup to squeeze in a 2020 edition of the Irish Open which had originally been scheduled to take place back at the end of May. The loss of the season's showpiece event is, however, Ireland's gain. Although the field lacks the strength in depth that it would have had were it to have been played a fortnight before The Open, we do still have the presence of last year's champion from Portrush Shane Lowry, alongside a host of familiar names that should still make for a great week.
Galgorm is a new venue on the Tour, although it does host a Challenge Tour event since back in 2014, and indeed hosted the Northern Ireland Open on that Tour here a few weeks ago. Designed by Simon Gidman, and opened back in 1997, water is an ever present feature of the course that runs alongside the Maine and Braid rivers. There are also no fewer than five lakes and water is actively in play on twelve holes. Otherwise, this is a traditional parkland layout and scoring should otherwise be low. Good putting and iron play will be essential.
Last Five Winners
The Market Leaders
Shane Lowry (15/2) arrives from the US as the clear frontrunner in the market. The support for the Irishman who won this title as an amateur back in 2019 is entirely understandable given that he is the reigning Open champion and that he has been playing some solid enough golf in the US including a 43rd place finish at the US Open last week, albeit in very different circumstances to those he will encounter at Galgorm. Whilst Lowry has enjoyed much of his success on links courses (which this absolutely is not), he is far from a one trick pony and has won around the likes of Firestone which is a similar tree lined parkland course to this. Whether the drive is there coming off a Major to a spectator-less event is a key question, and combined with the absence of any real prospect of contending for titles since that career defining win a year ago, I can easily leave Shane at these prices.
George Coetzee (10/1) is the other stand out player at the top of the market having failed narrowly to secure his third consecutive title last week in Portugal. Whilst those results and displays remain impressive, this is the return to a full field, full Tour strength line up. Even without the biggest names, it is hard to support Coetzee when he is that short. Ryan Fox (22/1) is a great proponent of these types of courses and might be easier to support had he managed any top 10 finishes in the last few months. Fox is a frustrating player who doesn't achieve the consistency of results that his talents should afford him to. Jason Scrivener (22/1) has top 10 finishes in two of his last three events, but is largely a journeyman player who has never made a cut at The Irish Open. There is far better value available than him.
Robert Rock was the unfortunate party back in 2009 when amateur Lowry beat him in a playoff at the Irish Open, and the event has generally been kind to Rock who finished in 4th place at Lahinch last year, and who has been playing some excellent golf lately. Despite missing cuts in his last couple of events, Rock had proceeded those events with finishes of 4th and 15th, and this calm parkland setup will be ideal for Robert who grew up playing almost identical venues around the Midlands golfing circuit in the UK. Rock is a tidy player who won't be put off by the tight driving lines and hazards that await for shots that don't make the fairways. Robert still ranks in the top 50 for greens in regulation and, with them being at a premium this week, it could well be down to the putter to dictate how successful the Englishman is. He is, for me, the exceptional value in the field. 3 points e/w @ 80/1.
Marcus Armitage came agonisingly close to his first career win at The Belfry four weeks ago and, although he slipped back to finish 7th that day, it was his third top 20 since the resumption of the European Tour. Marcus seems to play exceptionally well on a certain type of venue, and Galgorm fits that criteria perfectly with an emphasis on precise, patient golf and a good short game. The Belfry is exceptionally similar with slim fairways and water hazards accompanied by not too penal rough. With such a chasm at the top of the market beneath Lowry and Coetzee, there is room for someone to step up and perform, and Armitage seems the most likely in this price bracket for me. 1 point e/w at 100/1.
My final play this week is multiple Tour winner David Drysdale. Drysdale's best days are certainly behind him, but that hasn't stopped him from showing some strong form of late, and he can hopefully take inspiration from compatriot Richie Ramsay's recent success to propel himself back into the upper echelons of the leaderboard here in Ireland. David has a good record in this event with finishes of 4th and 7th, and he has made two of his last three cuts so his game certainly isn't in terrible condition. The setup will be familiar once again to a player who grew up on these types of courses, and Drysdale is another who could really excel if he is able to execute a strong week on and around the greens. He is most certainly value and i've had 1 point e/w at 200/1.
Following a rolling profit of 463 points in 2019, I am looking for an even better 2020. Each week I will pick between 2 to 4 selections at each event on the European and PGA Tours, and suggest a suitable staking plan.
|European Tour||-86 points|
|PGA Tour||+39 points|
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