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Irish Open 2017 Betting Preview

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Li Haotong (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Betfred
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral


The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which was won by Rory McIlroy a year ago, makes its first visit to Royal Portstewart in County Londonderry. The par 72 Strand Course, measuring in at 7,000 yards, is a classic links course and promises to be a tough test, right from its intimidating opening tee-shot into a downhill right dogleg. The first 10 holes progress through huge sand dunes before a change of landscape as the last 8 meander inland alongside a river. The record prize fund of $7m has attracted a high quality field, including defending champion McIlroy for his home tournament. Other recent winners are Soren Kjeldsen (2015), Mikko Ilonen (2014) & Paul Casey (2013).


Local hero McIlroy heads the betting at a best price of 7/1 with Paddy Power, as he looks to recapture the form he was showing earlier in the year ahead of the Open in a couple of weeks’ time – and both Paddy Power and Coral are offering 7 places for each-way bets on the Irish Open 2017. World number two Hideki Matsuyama is the 9/1 second favourite with both Paddy Power and Coral – while Jon Rahm and Justin Rose are both available at 14/1 with Coral. Tommy Fleetwood, who won last week’s French Open, is the same price at Sky Bet, before a jump to Thomas Pieters at 25/1.


Rafa-Cabrera-BelloRAFA CABRERA-BELLO has spent the last year just outside the top 25 in the world rankings, playing consistently good golf. He has had several near misses – finishing runner-up three times last year, but hasn’t been able to add to his two career victories – the most recent of which was in 2012. He will surely win more and he’s enjoyed his previous visits to this tournament, finishing in the top 10 at 4 of the last 5 editions. He looks a good each-way chance at 33/1 with Coral.

Li_HaotongLI HAOTONG won 4 times as a teenager in his native China in 2014 and is now beginning to make his mark on the rest of the world, up to just outside the world’s top 100 with his 7th place in Paris at the weekend. That followed his recent third place in Sicily, plus 11th at the Volvo China Open and he looks certain to break into that top 100 in the coming months. The 21-year-old was 18th at this event last year and looks a cracking each-way bet at 80/1 with Betfred.

Andy_Sullivan_OddsANDY SULLIVAN lost his way as he moved towards his Ryder Cup debut last year and was one of four European players who failed to score a point. It has been a long road back to form but the 30-year-old does appear to have turned a corner. He was eighth at the recent Nordea Masters and 13th in France last week, while he hasn’t missed a cut in his last nine starts. He won three times in 2015 and can be backed at 40/1 with Coral and those 7 places.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Li Haotong (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Betfred
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral