Irish Open betting tips, preview and odds
The DP World Tour is set to sparkle on the Emerald Isle this week as the Irish Open returns to Mount Juliet.
Australian Lucas Herbert is back to defend the title he won at the Jack Nicklaus-designed parkland track last year while home favourites Shane Lowry and Seamus Power head the betting.
The action takes place from June 30 to July 3 and we have picked out four players to follow in our Irish Open betting tips.
Irish Open odds: 16/1
It was tempting to go for Lowry or Power as the first of our Irish Open betting tips but Pieters, who is just behind the Irish pair in the betting, gets the nod.
He had the stuffing knocked out of him last week when Haotong Li drained a monster putt in the play-off at the BMW International Open, but he’s been around the block enough to dust himself down and bounce back.
Pieters’ runner-up spot was his fourth top-10 finish of the year, a run that started with his win at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January.
There are similarities between last week’s Munich venue and Mount Juliet – tree-lined fairways, water and dangerous bunkers – and how they finished in Germany is as good a guide as any for picking out a few contenders.
This is the second year in a row Mount Juliet hosts the Irish Open and Pieters ticks another box – he was just outside the top 10 a year ago.
Irish Open odds: 22/1
Fox last made an appearance on these pages ahead of the Dutch Open at the end of May, when he finished second after losing a play-off to Victor Perez.
With each-way returns for eight places, regular Fox followers should be doing just fine this year, while the man himself has been winning plenty of euros.
Since finishing top of the pile at the Ras al Khaimah Classic in the United Arab Emirates in February, he has shared ninth place at the Catalunya Championship, eighth at the British Masters and second at the Soudal Open before going so close in Holland and then finishing third last week.
Fox’s only missed cut since his win in February was at the US Open.
Irish Open odds: 60/1
If we are taking Pieters, then we simply cannot ignore Ramsay.
The Scot ticks the same boxes as the Belgian – he shared 13th place last week in Germany and was tied for fourth 12 months ago at Mount Juliet.
The BMW International Open was the first time Ramsay posted four under-par rounds since the Ras al Khaimah Classic.
He also had a T3 at the British Masters, T15 at the Soudal Open and T43 at the Dutch Open, all back in May, his most lucrative month of the year.
Last week was his first outing since Holland after he withdrew from the European Open.
Darius van Driel
Irish Open odds: 100/1
It had been a long year of missed cuts and small cheques for Van Driel but his last two outings suggest a corner may have been turned.
The Dutchman failed to make the weekend at eight of his 12 events in 2022 leading up to the Scandinavian Mixed.
But a share of fourth in Sweden and a top-10 in Germany last week should have a spring in his step as he tries to improve on last year’s T17 at this event and he is worth considering for Irish Open betting tips at such a big price.
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