Best Golf Bets: Expert tips for the Irish Open and Corales Puntacana R&C Championship

  • Max Liu
  • 4:30 min read
Corales Puntacana Resort
The PGA Tour heads for the Corales Puntacana Resort

Ireland and the Dominican Republic are the locations for this week's European and PGA Tour events and, as ever, our experts have recommended their best bets...

"Lagergren's success on this track in 2014 was built on a magnificent first round of 62 which earned him a two-shot lead over the field..."

Back Joakim Lagergren each-way @ 40/1

PGA Tour

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - Punter's Preview

Following a gruelling US Open at Winged Foot, the PGA Tour stops off in the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Steve Rawlings has the lowdown...

"He hasn't been playing brilliantly of late but I see absolutely no reason not to back Graeme McDowell to defend at 120.0119/1 given he's successfully defended an Open de France title," he says.

Kristoffer Ventura @ 42.041/1
James Hahn @ 110.0109/1
Graeme McDowell @ 120.0119/1
Rob Oppenheim @ 150.0149/1

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - Each-way tips

Dave Tindall landed an 80/1 each-way payout at the US Open last week, so worth checking out his selections for this week's PGA Tour event as he looks to build on his profit for the season.

"Perez owns a win (2016), sixth and eighth the last two years here and three other top 20s. A big reason is how he's performed on and around the greens as that's a big factor when looking at past winners here," he says.

"Perez took fewest putts at the Mayakoba in 2018 and ranked third for Putting Average when winning. He's ranked in the top 10 for Scrambling in three of his last four visits there."

Back Pat Perez each-way @ 35/1
Back Thomas Detry each-way @ 25/1
Back Aaron Baddeley each-way at 150/1

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - First Round Leader Tips

Dave is also here with his regular look at the best first round leader bets, picking out three to back to make a fast start this week.

"If he can keep the bogeys away, Seamus Power's attacking philosophy can produce a good early position," he says.

"In terms of fast starts, he's been tied 11th or better in six of his last 20 starts, with two of those top threes. That includes sitting third after day one in the Barracuda three starts ago."

Back Seamus Power each-way @ 75/1
Back Kyoung-Hoon Lee each-way @ 90/1
Back Graeme McDowell each-way @ 60/1

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - Find Me a 100 Winner

If trading a golf event is your thing, especially backing players at big odds and laying them for a profit if they trade much shorter, then Paul Krishnamurty's Find Me a 100 Winner column is for you.

Paul is concentrating solely on the PGA Tour action this week and has highlighted a trio of players who he reckons will enjoy the conditions and out-play their odds, possibly trading much shorter should they appear on the leaderboard later in the tournament.

Back Sam Ryder 2u @ 170.0169/1
Place order to lay 20u @ 12.5

Back Kyoung-Hoon Lee 2u @ 180.0179/1
Place order to lay 20u @ 14.013/1

Back Vincent Whaley 2u @ 230.0229/1
Place order to lay 20u @ 17.5

Corales Puntacana Resort Championship - Course and form guide

Andy Swales supplies the stats for this week's event on the PGA Tour and fill us in on the course at the Corales Puntacana Resort.

"Corales will be a far sight easier than the treacherous New York layout which welcomed golf's elite for the US Open last week."

European Tour

Irish Open - Punter's Preview

There's no Ryder Cup this week but we do have European Tour action with the 65th edition of Irish Open and Steve Rawlings has previewed the gathering at Galgorm.

"Given we may well get a windy test that favours straight hitters, I'm also happy to play the recent Valderrama winner, John Catlin, who followed up the win with an impressive enough eighth place at the Portugal Masters two weeks ago," he says. "He looks a fair price to be the second American to win here this month."

Garrick Higgo @ 46.045/1
John Catlin @ 65.064/1

Irish Open - Each-way tips

Matt Cooper has inside knowledge of the Galgorm Castle track to help him make his three each-way selections with the Betfair Sportsbook paying eight places.

He says: "Lagergren's success on this track in 2014 was built on a magnificent first round of 62 which earned him a two-shot lead over the field and he expanded that advantage to six before holding firm on the final day to clinch the title."

Back Joakim Lagergren each-way @ 40/1

Irish Open 2020 - Course and form guide

Check out the stats ahead of this week's Irish Open in County Antrim, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales.

He says: "All eight golfers to have won Challenge Tour events at Galgorm are teeing-up this week, including New Zealander Ryan Fox and Swede Joakim Lagergren."

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