Irish Open 2019 Golf Preview & Betting Tips

Lahinch Golf Club provides an idyllic setting for the 2019 Irish Open Golf Tournament this week. It’s a Par 70 featuring 12 par-4s, four par-3s, and two par-5’s, and the tournament host Paul McGinley looks sure to set the course up to provide players with a stern but fair test of their golf skills.

Back a Red-Hot Spaniard

John Rahm is the favourite with all the bookmakers this week but, with some offering enhanced place terms of up to eight places, he has plenty of form that suggests an each-way bet on the red-hot Spaniard could be a good idea. Rahm made his first appearance at the Irish Open a winning one in 2017, whilst his fourth-place finish in 2018 was another high-class effort under the added pressure of defending his title. He’s also returned to something approaching his best form in his last two events, finishing third at Pebble Beach and second at Valderrama.

Those two courses also have smaller than average greens and play to a similar length as Lahinch Golf Club, suggesting they should have provided a perfect warm-up for this week’s event.

Two English Links Lovers to Consider

The Irish Open will be followed by the Scottish Open and the Open Championship, meaning that lots of players that thrive under the unique test of links golf will have been trying to fine-tune their games for this exciting period on the European Tour.

Tyrell Hatton has already won two Dunhill Links Championships on the beautiful Scottish Links of St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns and his 21st place finish at Pebble Beach suggested that his game is not far off its best. Hatton posted top-five finishes in the 2015 and 2016 Irish Opens and, though he’s missed the cut in his other two appearances in the event, he’s played the weekend in most tournaments he’s contested lately.

Danny Willett is the other Englishman expected to thrive in Ireland this week, as his form has been on a steep upward curve in recent weeks, finishing top-30 at The Memorial, eighth at the Canadian Open, and 12th at Pebble Beach. Those last two events were again a good warm-up for a similar style course at Lahinch and this former major winner also boasts four top-10 finishes in this event since 2013.

An Opportunity Knox

It’s not often you get an opportunity to back the player with the best recent form in an event at around 40/1, but that’s the price available with some bookmakers this week about Russell Knox, who has finished second and first in his only two appearances in the tournament. He may choose to play most of his golf in America, but the Scotsman was brought up playing links golf and he loves the challenge. After struggling with his game for a while, he’s also posted some good finishes on the PGA Tour recently.

Irish Open 2019 Golf  Betting Tips

  • John Rahm (Each-Way)
  • Tyrell Hatton (Each-Way)
  • Danny Willett (Each-Way)
  • Russell Knox (Each-Way)
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