Likewise, PAUL LAWRIE is always worth a mention when windy conditions are on the cards, and notably produced by far his best recent effort at Oitavos Dunes. I often feel Lawrie gets a raw deal when labelled a fluke Open winner, because the truth is in the most gruelling links conditions, as we saw on that famous afternoon ten years ago, he really is one of the best in the world. 150/1 about such a specialist is a crazy price.
Even crazier is 100/1 about Hoey. It seems bizarre that we are able to take those kind of odds about a man who won his penultimate start, in bad weather on a links course. Let alone the fact that, like the others from Northern Ireland, he will know this type of golf intimately. It’s not as if that win came out of nowhere, as Hoey had finished runner-up to Goosen in Africa and also registered a couple of top-12 finishes this year. One can only assume he is being written off for his poor record in the event at different venues, all played before the significant improvement seen lately.
Finally, PAUL BROADHURST is another rank outsider who relishes windy conditions. No wonder then, that the Englishman finished 5th on this course back in 2004, when conditions were extremely difficult at times. After a poor spell, Broadhurst has shown signs of a return to form lately, most notably when 4th on another links at Oitavos last month.
The 3 Irish Open golf betting tips:
3pts ew RORY MCILROY @ 16/1 (BET365, BLUESQ, EXPEKT, VCBET)
2pts ew GRAEME MCDOWELL @ 33/1 (LADBROKES, CANBET)
1.5pts ew SOREN HANSEN @ 40/1 (GENERAL)
0.5pt ew MICHAEL HOEY @ 100/1 (BETFRED, CANBET, SKYBET, HILLS)
0.5pt ew PAUL LAWRIE @ 125/1 (GENERAL, 150/1 LADBROKES)
0.5pt ew PAUL BROADHURST @ 125/1 (SKYBET, CENTREBET, HILLS)