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Another new venue this year for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as the European Tour heads to the west coast of Ireland and County Clare to pitch up at Lahinch Golf Club, with its stunning natural links terrain where the Inagh River meets the North Atlantic Ocean and its winds will have a major say in who walks away with the title this week.
In 1892 Old Tom Morris was commissioned to produce this stunning golf course over this wonderful links land which he described as being, “as fine a natural course as it has ever been my good fortune to play over”
Since then the course has evolved with Charles ‘Mo’ Gibson, Dr Alister MacKenzie and more recently Martin Hawtree adding to its test and beauty. Hawtree’s brief was to reinstate some of the MacKenzie features which were lost in the 30s, and today golfers can enjoy the best of both Old Tom and Dr MacKenzie’s designs.
The two most famous holes are classic Old Tom designs. The par-5 4th meanders through the dunes before you have to play a blind second shot over them. The 5th named the Dell is a blind par-3 to a long shallow green sandwiched between 30ft dunes front and back. The 6th takes you towards the ocean, and some wonderful views and the crashing North Atlantic waves. Holes 3, 7 and 8 play by the beach and the Atlantic, while the 577-yard Par 5 12th plays along by the calmer Inagh estuary.
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My tips to Win:
Having just missed out on defending this title last year I am sure Jon Rahm 8/1 – with SportingBet – will be looking to challenge again this week. Jon comes into this week after runner-up finish at last week’s Andalucía Masters and a third-place finish at the US Open and will be in confident mood this week.
There are not too many players in this week’s field that would have played the Lahinch course before but I am sure Graeme McDowell 33/1 – with SportingBet – would have played it in his amateur days. After finally booking his place at Royal Portrush for the Open Championship Graeme has been playing some great golf with a Top 10 at the Canadian Open and a sixteenth-place finish at the US Open and will really be looking forward to playing in front of Irish support this week.
After a week’s rest and his sixteenth-place finish at the BMW International Open Erik Van Rooyen 35/1 – with BetFred – will be looking forward to his Open Championship preparations which will start this week at Lahinch. I think many pundits are tipping Erik to be the next big player to come out of South Africa and he is certainly proving he could be with a couple of runner-up finishes already on the European Tour this year and a Top 10 at the PGA Championship in May.
This week’s defending champion is Russell Knox 40/1 – with BetFred – and who can forget those two magnificent putts on the 18th green at Ballyliffin last year, holing for birdie in both the regular play and in play-off to win. It’s not been the year I think the Scot was looking for but some recent good form and being back here should give him the confidence boost he needs.
I did tip Jorge Campillo 66/1 with SportingBet – last week and while he managed a Top 15 finish he never threatened the top of the leaderboard. Jorge did finally win his maiden European Tour event at the Trophiée Hassan ll and has had two runner-up and two third place finishes so far this year and I think now he has that win under his belt, like London buses I can see another coming along shortly.
Another player that I think will win their first European Tour event soon is Robert Macintyre 80/1 with UniBet – who had back-to-back runner-up finishes in May and although he didn’t follow those results up at the Belgium Knock-out and the BMW International Open, I think a week’s rest to regroup and playing links golf could see him back challenging again this week.
Try Séamus Power 150/1 – with Betway
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