Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2019, Preview

The beautiful Lahinch Golf Course will host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Jordan Mackin previews the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which begins on Thursday at 7am

Irish Open Golf 2019 Betting Preview

The European Tour makes its annual return to Ireland on Thursday where Paul McGinley will have hosting duties at the beautiful Lahinch Golf Club.

The tournament has gone from strength to strength since Rory McIlroy took over hosting duties four years ago and, in many eyes, saved the event. With the introduction of the Rolex Series on the European Tour, it has further enhanced the reputation of this tournament.

Unfortunately, McIlroy will not be making an appearance this week, but there is still a very strong field descending on the Co. Clare course, including 12 of the world’s top-50 players.

The Irish will be well represented at the event, as expected, and I can see one of our own going very well. I also look at a European Tour veteran, an ultra-consistent young English player and big hitter slowly coming back to form on tour.

Shane Lowry E/W Outright Betting – 12/1

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the famous victory from the then unknown young Co. Offaly amateur, who conquered the horrible conditions in a play-off against Robert Rock which really kick-started Lowry’s career.

2019 has seen Lowry return to form and has seen him cement his place in the lucrative Top 50 of the world rankings. Lowry hasn’t exactly been the most active man in the world of golf this year, with only four appearances worldwide in the last eleven weeks.

But as the old saying goes, it’s about quality not quantity and it applies here with Lowry achieving three Top-10 finishes in that time. Also, if you’re a keen follower of the golfer’s social media, you would have seen that, in his time off, Lowry has played a few practice rounds around the Lahinch course.

For me, I think everything is pointing to Lowry going low this week. Lahinch is your typical Irish links course: large undulating greens, big bunkers and lengthy rough where you are penalised for making mistakes, but these are the sort of courses, as an amateur, Lowry played on week in, week out. Lowry is ranked 2nd on tour for his scoring average this year.

If he remains consistent throughout the four days play, scrambles well around the greens and avoids trouble off the tee, he has a great chance of making it in to the Top 10, if not winning the tournament outright.

Lee Westwood E/W Outright Betting – 40/1

After Sergio Garcia finally claimed a major in the form of the Masters in 2018, Westwood went to number one in many people’s list as the best player never to win a golfing major. But that can’t take away the fact that the man has 42 professional wins worldwide, 24 of them coming on the European Tour.

Tee to green, Westwood has been one of the best in the world. It’s the flat stick that has caused him so much pain through the years. I still think Westwood can be very competitive this week and, with the brilliant each-way value in Bar One Racing for the event, paying on 10 PLACES, 40/1 could be a steal for a place at least.

Now Westwood hasn’t exactly being setting the world on fire this year, with only one Top-10, which came two weeks ago in Germany at the BMW International Open, but he has been showing glimpses of a big week coming his way.

He is ranked number two this year on tour for scrambling around greens and, like any links course, scrambling will be key, especially around Lahinch where there are big run-offs from the greens.

If Westwood can bring his usual steady play from tee to green and get something going with the putter, he could make a mockery of his 40/1 price.

Jordan Smith E/W Outright Betting – 35/1

There has been a steady flow of young English golfers into the European Tour in recent years. The youth system seems to be proving very successful, producing players like multiple event winners Matt Fitzpatrick and Matt Wallace. Another young gun that is making a name for himself is Jordan Smith.

Smith has one European Tour win to his name in two years on tour, which came in the Porsche European Open. In recent years with the Irish Open, there has been one or two of the lesser-known players that have come out and have challenged for the title and these are players who have shown good form in recent weeks.

Smith has a brilliant run in his last six events, with two Top-5 Finishes and two Top-10 finishes to his name. His BMW International Open performance was particularly impressive.

He held the 54-hole lead, but a slow start ended his chances on Sunday. He has been one of the best this season for ‘Greens In Regulation’ and, similar to Westwood, if he can find a hot putter, can challenge this week.

Alvaro Quiros E/W Outright Betting – 90/1

I’ll finish off with a bit of an outsider for the week, and I have gone for a man who is slowly returning to his former self. Alvaro Quiros has shown in the past that he can win some of the biggest events the European Tour has to offer, as when winning the tour ending DP World Championship.

But he has really struggled in recent years, even dropping off the European Tour, but he has returned and has cemented his card over the last two years. He has always been known for being long off the tee, and in links golf that isn’t always an advantage, but if he can keep straight off the tee it could work out really well for him.

His last two weeks has seen him finish T2 and T3, respectively, and within these events he has produced at least two really low rounds.

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Quiros is just lacking a good “B” game right now, but if he can find four decent rounds, 90/1 can give you great value each-way with the 10 PLACES available to you here at Bar One Racing.

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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article