Golf Odds: European Tour Irish Open Preview

Monday, July 2, 2018 11:52 AM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 11:52 AM UTC

It’s a very solid field this week for the European Tour’s Irish Open, with Rory McIlroy the clear favorite on the Intertops golf odds.

<p>The European Tour makes its only stop of the year in Ireland this week for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. We’ll just call it the Irish Open. Because it benefits his foundation, Rory McIlroy is playing and he’s the +650 favorite on the <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops golf odds.</a></p><p>This tournament, part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series, has been played since 1927. It’s held at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal for the first time but will move next year to Lahinch Golf Club. Paul McGinley will host the event, taking over from McIlroy. The Northern Irishman won this event in 2016 at 12-under 276, beating out Bradley Dredge and Russell Knox by three shots at The K Club. McIlroy’s three-shot lead on Sunday dwindled to one with three holes to play as Scotland's Russell Knox came on strong in a final round interrupted twice by horrible weather. However, McIlroy birdied the par-five 16th as Knox three-putted and, after just missing a birdie putt on the 17<sup>th</sup>, closed with an eagle on 18.</p><p>McIlroy, who donated his earnings that year to his foundation, had missed the cut in his home event the previous three years. Last year he also missed the cut, shooting rounds of 72-73. The 2017 Irish Open was played at Portstewart Golf Club. McIlroy comes off a T12 two weeks ago at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. His last European Tour win was this event. McIlroy is one of eight Irishmen to win this tournament.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;What to expect at the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DDFIrishOpen&lt;/a&gt; according to Daniel O'Donnell 😂 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— DDF Irish Open (@DDFIrishOpen) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;June 22, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The defending champion is Spain’s Jon Rahm and he’s the +800 second favorite <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">at Intertops.</a> Rahm shot a final-round 7-under 65, including a hole out for eagle at No. 4, to finish at 24-under 264 and win by six shots over Richie Ramsay and Matthew Southgate. It was Rahm’s first European Tour win and his total was a tournament record. Rahm is trying to become the first player to successfully defend the Irish Open title since Colin Montgomerie in 1997. Rahm has a won on the European Tour this year at the Open de Espana and also won the CareerBuilder Challenge in January on the PGA Tour. He was one of several big-name players to miss the cut a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open.</p><p>Fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Thobjorn Olesen and Matthew Fitzpatrick are all <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">+2000 at Intertops.</a> None of them have won here. Cabrera-Bello missed the cut last year following rounds of 69-73. He also missed the cut this past week at the Open de France and is looking for his first European Tour win since last year’s Scottish Open.</p><p>Olesen finished T48 last year in this event but also missed the cut last week in Paris. Just once has the Irish Open been won by a Swede: in 2000 by Patrick Sjoland. Olesen is a Rolex Series winner already this year, doing so at the Italian Open. Fitzpatrick was T54 last year. He finished T27 over the weekend in France. The last Englishman to win this event was Paul Casey in 2013.</p><p>Some players can earn their way into the British Open this week. The top three players in the Irish Open – if in the Top 10 overall for the tournament -- who haven’t already qualified for the British Open will get in.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=in-article-intertops" rel="nofollow">Bet On Golf At Intertops Sportsbook: Trust The First!</a></h2>
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