The Irish Open returns to Killarney this week where, weather permitting, the course will be conducive to some low scoring. Ross Fisher, tipped here to win last year, was on course for a 59 in round 2 only to come unstuck towards the end of his round. Rory McIlroy obviously heads the Irish Open market and I'm a little worried about him running away with it like he did at the US Open but with a strong quartet of Irish guys heading the betting, there is some good value further down the Irish Open market as we try to build on the Noren FRL and outright wins last week. The Irish bookmakers are paying 6 places this week.
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Irish Open Picks
Pick 1: Simon Dyson E/W @ 28/1 (PP) Sticking with Dyson once more at the Irish Open. A player in top form at the moment and unlucky to get the worst of the weather at the Open Championship in round 3. The Killarney course will suit Dyson who is not afraid to go low. If the wind blows, he's more capable than most of handling that too.
Pick 2: Richard Finch E/W @ 60/1 (PP) Arguably the form man of the European Tour at the moment and a previous winner of the Irish Open to bring back fond memories. Shot a fantastic final round at the Nordea Masters in some of the worst winds you will see and looks a good value price at the Irish Open this week.
Pick 3: Robert Rock E/W @ 40/1 (PP) First time winner on the European Tour a few weeks back, good form in Ireland, ironically taking the Irish Open winners cheque 2 years ago as Shane Lowry was still an amateur at the time. Can shoot low and also good in adverse weather conditions if the wind blows. Good form has continued since his maiden win.
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Pick 4: Richard Green E/W @ 33/1 (Boyle) Three top 20's in last 4 starts including a T16 at the Open championship. T5 at the Irish Open last year. Accurate off the tee on what is predominantly a tree lined course and excellent putter. Often starts fast.
Pick 5: Damien Mc Grane E/W @ 80/1 (PP) Coming into form just at the right time for his home Irish Open off the back of a 42nd at the Scottish and a 16th place finish in high winds in Sweden. Home support behind and could contend at a huge price if he gets the putter going.
Pick 6: Peter Lawrie E/W @ 80/1 (PP) Another home hope not given much chance this week in Killarney. Lawrie seems to be a somewhat inconsistent player with no real pattern to his results. His last tournaments read 89, 18, 21, 75 but again with home support behind and being one of the most accurate off the tee on tour, he could be one to watch this week, especially if the wind does blow.
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