The Irish Open is now in full swing – if you can pardon the pun – and after the first round, it is local boy Padraig Harrington who leads the pack by one. Followed by a plethora of European talent, including the likes of Olesen, Paisley, Lorenzo-Vera and more.
So, with the championship underway, where should the gambling golf fans be putting their money? Here is a rundown of some of the favourites and some worth watching after the events so far.
We have to start with the man leading the race at the moment and it is not just because he is the man at the front which is making him a safer bet. It is also to do with the fact that he is a local player and knows Lahinich well. However, some golfing gamblers may be wary of putting their money on the current home favourite because he has not won a tournament since sunnier days at the Portugal Masters in 2016. Has Harrington forgotten how to win? Will he keep his nerve?
The English Contingent
The Irish may not wish to see an Englishman lift the trophy in their own back garden but it could happen. For English golfing fans who like to bet but want to see some of their own blood win it in Ireland, there are two players who are worth an outsider bet at this point. You may have been expecting Poulter and Westwood to be the next names on our lips but in fact, we are referring to Lee Slattery and Eddie Pepperell. These two guns are in touching distance still and at good outsider odds to do it across the Irish Sea.
Although it must be said that Poulter and Westwood are still doing well and may be battling it out for the highest placed Englishman come Sunday. This is worth a side bet in itself.
Or, How About A More Foreign Flutter?
If you don’t think either the Irish favourite or the English outsiders will make the grade this weekend there are some more exotic names that could take the title. Zander Lombard is an early challenger and only sits one shot behind Harrington after the opening round. Wade Ormesby is another shot back at two behind and the Australian may be a worthy outsider to stick around and take the trophy.
Our Tip: Lorenzo-Vera
There is a good reason why we are tipping Mike Lorenzo-Vera to win the competition at this early stage. The reason is simple and comes down to form. The previous week on The European Tour saw golfers battle it out at Valderrama Golf Club and guess who played exceptionally every day? Tied in second place was Lorenzo-Vera and two weeks prior to that at the Volvo China Open he was tied fifth. He is showing why he might have just hit a purple patch and displaying some formidable consistency.
Whoever you back – good luck!