Irish Open Tips Re-Cap

Ryan Fox (NZ) 22/1 -PP 8 Places – £5EW

Dean Burmester (RSA) 55/1 PP 8 Places – £5EW

Robin Sciot-Siegrist (FRA) 125/1 SkyBet 8 Places – £5EW

Joakm Lagergren (SWE) 40/1 BetFred 7 Places – £5EW

Corales Championship Tips Re-Cap
Thomas Detry (BEL) 40/1 888 6 Places – £5EW

Justin Suh (USA) 150/1 William Hill 8 Places – £2EW

Seamus Power (IRE) 80/1 SkyBet 8 Places – £2.50EW

Pat Perez (USA) 40/1 William Hill 8 Places – £5EW

Golf for Good – European Tour
The European Tour will continue to reward the local heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at Galgorm Castle Golf Club next week, as part of the Golf for Good initiative which underpins the 2020 Race to Dubai season.

Golf for Good launched in July upon the European Tour’s return to action with one key pillar focusing on rewarding the everyday heroes of the global pandemic. To nominate your hero, click here:

Nominate Here

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Home of the ISPS Handa World Invitational and Northern Ireland Open and one of Ireland’s finest Championship parklands. Galgorm Castle is an Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) ‘Parkland Course of the Year Winner’ and is consistently ranked as one of the best parklands in Northern Ireland.

The Par-72 layout was designed by Simon Gidman and opened in 1997. The course is nestled in the heart of the 220-acre historic Galgorm Castle estate, providing a mature setting that promotes an easy, relaxing rhythm that makes playing golf so pleasurable. The course is bordered by the rivers Maine and Braid which come into play on numerous holes, as well as five lakes and the magnificent oxbow lake adjacent to the 14th hole.

Past Results

2019 – Jon Rahm  

2018 – Russell Knox

2017 – Jon Rahm

2016 – Rory McIlroy

2015 – Soren Kjeldsen

Mike’s Picks

Ryan Fox (NZ) 22/1 -PP 8 Places

Ryan has been playing very well this season, and I see no reason why this will be any different this week. Missed cut at the US Open is nothing to worry about as we saw some of the toughest playing conditions ever and with only two players ending up under par come Sunday evening.

He has won in Northern Ireland on the Challenge Tour back in 2016.

Fantastic Foxy

Most key factors for me this week with Ryan is his driving distance, this will be a big advantage around this track this week. Although not the straightest off the tee he still keeps a high percentage of greens in regulation stat, this is proven with his stroke average at 69.93.

Should have a solid week and could see he grind out another win.

Going with a £5 EW Bet with PP 22/1 8 Places 

Dean Burmester (RSA) 55/1 PP 8 Places

Dean is another player in some great form of late. He has made his last four cuts with his best result coming at the English Open where he closed with sixteen under par in a tie for sixth place.

What key stats stand out for me here is his driving distance as proven in the past winners, distance of the tee is ranked in the top five over the week. He averages 335.59 yards which is around 30 yards longer than the European Tour field average.  OK with that distance he is not the straightest but as we saw with Bryson last week, if you’re only hitting in wedges when you’re playing partners are going in with longer irons it does make a difference.

Very good putter all round where he is ranked inside the top thirty for putts per GIR and average putts per round.

I feel he could go close this week betting £5 EW with PP 55/1 8 Places

Robin Sciot-Siegrist (FRA) 125/1 SkyBet 8 Places

Another player the teamed followed a lot last week in Portugal over the weekend. Four rounds of 69 is pretty consistent golf and could have been a few shots better than that.

Very straight off the tee and gave himself plenty of chances last week.

Third place at the Euram Bank Open this year and only last month had a very good event at the Spanish Masters finishing in a tie for 17th place.

Another player who seems to play well in Ireland, he won the Galgorm Report & Spa NI Open in 2017. Since then he has steadily moved up the world rankings from over 500 to now 280th, I feel he has started to get more consist now and just needs to cut out those missed cuts.

He should have a good week and looking for a £5 EW bet with SkyBet 125/1 8 Places 

Joakm Lagergren (SWE) 45/1 BetFred 7 Places

Had to go again with our good friend Joakm, after we backed him a couple of weeks ago he came so close to picking up that win for us but a good 100/1 place and a good top twenty bet return was not all bad.

Saw him out there yesterday and he looks ready for the challenge of the Irish winds and weather, which looks to be a lot kinder this week than normal. He is a good wind player and we could see gusts pick up on Thursday and Sunday so he will be well capable to handle this change.

He also seems to be building a very good CV on difficult golf courses, and this a fantastic track as he well knows when playing the NI Open here and winning it back in 2014.

Going with a £5 EW bet with BetFred 45/1 7 Places      

The Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
The Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship is a golf tournament in the Dominican Republic on the PGA Tour, formerly on the Tour. It was first played in 2016 at the Corales Golf Club in Punta Cana, on the east coast in the La Altagracia province.

After two years as a Tour event, it transitioned to a PGA Tour alternate event (opposite the WGC Match Play in Texas), starting in March 2018. The first PGA Tour event held in the Dominican Republic, it is similar in rewards to other alternate events: 300 FedEx Cup points for the winner, a two-year tour exemption, 24 OWGR points, but no invitation to the Masters Tournament.

The inaugural event in 2016 was held in early June, then moved to early May in 2017.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 tournament was postponed until September when it will be part of the 2020–21 PGA Tour season. It was also elevated to full FedEx Cup point event status, with the winner earning a 2021 Masters Tournament invitation.

Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010, Corales is an exclusive and dramatic 18-hole course with six Caribbean Oceanside holes. Designed along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves and the inland lakes and coralina quarries, Corales Golf Course rates among the World’s finest Golf Experiences.

The exhilarating challenge culminates playing the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’s last three holes. The Devil’s Elbow features the striking eighteenth hole with a dramatic forced carry over the cliff lined Bay of Corales, an inspired capstone to a memorable and breathtaking golf experience.

Past Results

2019 – Graeme McDowell  

2018 – Brice Garnett

2017 – Nate Lashley

2016 – Dominic Bozzelli

Mike’s Picks

Thomas Detry (BEL) 40/1 888 6 Places

Has to be one of the main favourite’s here this week. So close to winning twice since returning from lockdown at the Hero Open just piped by one shot by Sam Horsfield and again at the Celtic Classic that man was ahead of him yet again. He must a voodoo doll with Sam’s face on it lol

He played well at the US Open managing a top 50 place, he was well in the mix after three rounds just fell foul to winged foot.

His game is mainly about greens in regulation and a very tidy short game and putting record. His stroke average on the European Tour is almost two shots better than the Tour average per round.

Very consistent when it comes to making cuts as well, so he always gives himself a great chance to win most weeks.

I am going with a £5EW bet here with 888 Sport 40/1 6 Places 

Justin Suh (USA) 150/1 William Hill 8 Places

Justin joined the PGA Latino America Tour last year and is already making a name for himself.

As we know confidence in golf and when you’re playing well no matter what tour you are playing on it seems to carry on regardless. His results so far:

  • Events Played – 5
  • Top 10’s – 4
  • Runner up at the Termas de Rio.

He has played a few PGA Tour events and has shown he has the game to compete, he tied 21st at the Barracuda this year.

I just looked for some good honest value and here I see it, he could just get a touch of the nerves in rounds one and two but if he can make the cut it could be a different story, and the fact that a lot of the players he tee’s it up with week on week will also be present this week should put him at ease.

Going for a £2EW here with William Hill 150/1 8 Places  

Seamus Power (IRE) 80/1 SkyBet 8 Places

Another great little value bet here this week. Be quite a story if he picks up the win here this week whilst missing the Irish Open.

He has been mixing it with the big boys for a while now, and see no reason why this week he could not go and pick up that first win on the PGA Tour against a much weaker field here.

Because of the amount of missed cuts he has and his stats on the PGA Tour are all over the place. We studied the events he has played well in and it makes for good reading. Coming back to a course he clearly likes the look off and plays well at, managing two top ten’s here over the past four years.

Of course at these prices it is justified with the missed cuts but I feel he could now mark his Tour card with that win here this week.

Watch this space if he gets through to the weekend. Not going mad with this bet here £2.50 EW with Skybet 80/1 8 Places 

Pat Perez (USA) 40/1 William Hill 8 Places

If we are looking for a player who is a match for match on this course then he sits at the top of the pile this week.

Good driving accuracy and also makes a tonne of eagles and birdies. Putting on the past two winners were ranked 1st over the week, Pat’s putting record is pretty good. This is why his stats read so well:

  • SG Putting – 1.82 – 1st
  • Total Putting – 5th
  • One Putt Percentage – 48.61% – 7th
  • Birdie or Better Conversion Percentage – 39.62% – 17th

Withdrew from the last couple of events in the 2019/20 season but came back firing at his last showing at the Safeway Open. Shooting four rounds in the sixties and managing a top ten result.

I feel with a weaker field here he could go on and have a great chance to pick up another Tour victory.

Going to bet £5 EW with William Hill 40/1 8 Places   

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