Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open
Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Northern Ireland. September 24-27.
Par 72, 7105 yards
Galgorm Castle was once the ancestral home of the McQuillan Clan, but now it looms over the 10th green of the Parkland Course. A course set between the rivers Main and Braid also has plenty of other holes with aquatic challenges punctuating the tree-lined fairways. The course recently held the Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour and has regularly hosted events on the feeder European Tour.
Mount Juliet in the Republic of Ireland was the pre-COVID-19 host, but because of quarantine restrictions for travelers, it forced the European Tour to move to Northern Ireland. With reigning Open Champion and home hero Shane Lowry pledging his support an exciting week awaits.
Trust the New South African Sensation
South African, Garrick Higgo has been making waves in the world of golf for the last year. He broke through still early in his professional career back home on the Sunshine Tour. Accomplishing back to back wins last June in the Sun City Challenge, after a debut victory on his 4th career start in the Big Easy Challenge at Modderfontein.
This week he stands on the brink of winning back to back tournaments on the European Tour after an impressive win in last week’s Open de Portugal. He started 2020 in strong fashion winning the Tour Championship on the Sunshine Tour after being runner up in the Cape Town Open. His twenty-first birthday came during the enforced COVID-19 break, but he was straight back into form at the Euram Bank Open where he was 6th. This was followed by a 7th place at the Northern Ireland Open, here at Calgorm Castle, at the start of September when he was slow out of the blocks with a poor opening round.
There is no need to believe he will be slowly away again this week as I already mentioned he won back to back last year, and therefore he looks a cracking European Tour Golf Pick in this week’s Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open. Bovada stands out with Garrick Higgo winning at +2800.
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Local Journeyman Landing Our Banker
Regular readers of my column will remember the name Jonathan Caldwell from the European Tour resumption after the COVID-19 hiatus when he landed us a big priced (+1800) Top 20 winners at Close House in the British Masters. We backed him there because he had shown a previous liking for Close House on the minor tours, where he has spent many years grinding a living.
I use the word journeyman as a form of admiration because for some professionals it requires great resistance and resolves to grind their way through the levels. Last season he was having to ply his trade on the Euro-Pro Tour which he did in a consistent fashion, and that was followed by a successful trip to the European Tour Qualifying School. After gaining his tour card, he made a successful debut for the 2019/2020 season with an eye-catching 14th in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The thirty-six-year-old has been busy in recent weeks, making five successive cuts and he will have been pleased with the rest last week, plus the chance to travel home early to Northern Ireland. Noticeably, Caldwell has managed two Top 20 finishes at the course in those Challenge Tour events. With his confidence at a career-high, we can confidently expect him to play well this week and land our European Tour Banker Bet on the best sports betting websites. I’m taking him at Bovada’s +550.
European Tour Banker: Jonathan Caldwell – Top 20 (+550) at Bovada