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Irish Open 2016 Betting Preview

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Paddy Power
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Bet365, BetVictor
Joost Luiten (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power


Ten years on from staging a thrilling Ryder Cup victory for Europe, the K Club in County Kildare hosts this week’s Irish Open. Its selection to host the Ryder Cup came in for some criticism, with many saying the Arnold Palmer-designed course was “too American” in nature and others disappointed that it wasn’t a typical windswept links course, like Royal County Down, the venue for last year’s blustery and gruelling edition of this tournament which Soren Kjeldsen won with a two-under par total. However, the K Club is certainly a stiff test, particularly over its closing stretch, where the water comes more prominently into play over several risk-reward holes.


Rory McIlroy is the star attraction at this tournament and he is the firm favourite with the bookmakers at best odds of just 9/2 with BetVictor, having finished just outside the top 10 at the Players Championship on Sunday. Masters champion Danny Willett is the second favourite at 18/1 with Shane Lowry a 22/1 chance with BetVictor and Coral. Scotland’s Russell Knox has been enjoying a fine season on the PGA Tour, winning the HSBC Champions event and sitting third in the FedEx Cup race, and he is at 30/1 with Paddy Power.


rafa-cabrera-belloRAFA CABRERA-BELLO has had some strong results on either side of the Atlantic this season and he is our first each-way pick at 35/1 with Paddy Power, who are paying seven places for this tournament. The Spaniard, who placed in the top five in last year’s edition at County Down, was in the top 20 at the Masters, a runner-up in Dubai, third at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship and fourth at the Houston Open this year.

Andy_SullivanANDY SULLIVAN has been trying his luck in the United States in recent months and hasn’t been able to make too much of an impression, missing the cut at both the Masters and the Players, although his results prior to that were much better. He remains one of the stars of the European Tour though and has a good chance to prove it this week at a big price, with both Bet365 and BetVictor offering 50/1 (40/1 elsewhere).

Joost LuitenJOOST LUITEN has hit a purple patch of late, with runners-up finishes at both the Shenzhen International and the Open de Espana last month. The Dutchman, who is currently eighth in the Race to Dubai rankings, looks primed to make an impression this week and having already won four times on the European Tour, he knows how to get over the line if he’s in contention. Paddy Power offer best price 33/1 with those seven places.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Paddy Power
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Bet365, BetVictor
Joost Luiten (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power