We're off to Lahinch for this week's Irish Open and the Betfair golf team have five each-way bets for you to consider with the Sportsbook paying down to eight places...
"Alvaro Quiros has won three titles at tracks where links exponents shine and at only 36, there’s no reason to think his title tally is complete. For such a prolific, in-form player, the 100/1 available is more than fair.."
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 8 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Justin Harding @ 66/1
Justin Harding was one of the hottest golfers in the game earlier this year during a run that took in a Qatar Masters win and culminated in a tie for 12th on his first look at Augusta. He's not been so consistent since but he South African sits at 49th in the World Rankings and will be looking to chip that down as we head towards the Open Championship. A win in windy Qatar often suggests a golfer will have an aptitude for the links game and playing blustery conditions well will be an obvious advantage at this coastal track. Harding's sweet short game is another notable strength and should come in handy on a course which will demand plenty of imagination and creativity.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Matthias Schwab @ 90/1
Matthias Schwab hasn't won yet, nor covered himself in glory when presented with various chances to win, but he is fast becoming one of the best outsider bets around - consistent, with a good all-round game and therefore bound to find himself in contention for at least the places relatively frequently. The most recent was when third on his penultimate start in Germany and he'd previously enjoyed good runs at the Made In Denmark and Trophee Hassan. The latter may have some significance, as an exposed track with a linksy feel. The Austrian also showed some aptitude for this traditional challenge when 10th at last year's Dunhill Links.
Steve Rawlings: Back Alvaro Quiros @ 100/1
Although it's his local course, last week's venue, Valderrama, has always been a bit too stern and fiddly a test for big hitting Spaniard, Alvaro Quiros. In six previous visits, he'd missed three cuts and until he finished 16th in 2017, he hadn't threatened at all there so last week's second placed finish, on the back of a third place at the BMW International Open the week before was an extremely encouraging performance and but for a poor round on Saturday, he may well have pushed the winner harder. Those two improved performances have been thanks to some excellent putting and if the seven-time European Tour winner can continue that work on the greens there's no reason why he can't contend here. He's won three titles at tracks where links exponents shine and at only 36, there's no reason to think his title tally is complete. For such a prolific, in-form player, the 100/1 available is more than fair.
Joe Dyer: Back Matthew Southgate @ 100/1
Forgive the lack of imagination perhaps, but as we're back on a links course and in Ireland I will give this semi-regular bet another chance, certainly when he's available at 100/1. Form for this nomadic event is enough to justify a punt alone, Southgate finishing second in 2017 and fourth in 2016. Those same two years saw him achieve a sixth and 12th place finish in the Open Championship, the big daddy of links events, so we know he plays the traditional form of the game with aplomb. My man was only one shot away from making the cut at last week's Andalucia Masters at the fiendishly difficult Valderrama so I'm not concerned by current form which, if we rewind back to the end of May and June, shows a pair of consecutive top 10s. The three figures and eight places paid are certainly enough to justify a wager.
Mike Norman: Back Erik Van Rooyen @ 35/1
Following an excellent Challenge Tour season in 2017 it didn't take Erik Van Rooyen long to make an impact on the main tour, finishing runner-up at the Joburg Open before a couple of top-10 finishes in low-key events at the start of last year. The South African really burst onto the scene however during the 'links swing' when he finished a superb fourth in this event 12 months ago before being up with the pace from the off at the Open Championship, eventually finishing a highly creditable T17. His upward trajectory has continued ever since and he's now in the world's top 100 thanks to some eye-catching form this year. The 29-year-old finished runner-up in Qatar earlier this season - another venue that has a strong 'links' correlation - and he has been in good, consistent form ever since with the highlight arguably being a T8 finish at the US PGA Championship. A player who is now comfortable playing at the highest level, and one with some strong links form in the book, he looks worth chancing in Ireland this week at a joint-industry best 35/1.
2019 Season P/L to date: -£198.80
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75