The DP World Tour returns closer to home this week with the Irish Open at Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland.
The 156 field with the top 65 including ties making the cut, will all be competing for a share of the $6M prize purse with the winner collecting the Irish Open title and a winner's cheque for $1M.
I’ve already posted a preview for this week's John Deere Classic over on the PGA Tour so be sure to have a look on the website if you haven’t already.
I’ve thanked everyone in yesterday’s preview but I’ll thank you all again for all the kind messages, likes, DMs followers etc. We are going for the hat trick of winning golf tips this weekend after picking out the winners the previous two weekends. No pressure then eh. I’d be delighted for you all if you were forming an orderly queue to collect yet again on Sunday evening. We are definitely on track to smash last year's £4K profit, and remember, that’s only using £10 stakes, it’s phenomenal, honestly. I remember being told when I started this gig a couple of years back that I couldn’t keep the run going when we started selecting winners immediately.
I was told, that this is golf we are talking about, it must be the hardest sport to pick a winner with usually another 150 players to beat. Well, all I can say is this, I’ll keep on doing my homework week in, week out to the annoyance of the bookmakers but the delight of us all here at MFT.
All I can say is that I’ve no plans to retire anytime soon so all you bookies out there, beware, we’ve got your card well marked!
Let’s keep on having fun while making some profit along the way. Once again thank you all kindly, I’m full of gratitude and just so glad that I can help so many, and long may it continue.
Irish Open Preview
So on that note, let’s get back to this week's Irish Open preview.
Mount Juliet will be playing 7,264 yards long this week. It’s a par 72 parkland track where birdies galore should be the order of play.
Lucas Herbert returns to defend his title having won around here last year with a winning scorecard reading -19.
The weather is forecast for showers with sunny intervals over the first three days with Sunday's final round seeing the best of the weather with a bright clear day. Breezes will peak at around 14mph.
This event will be screened on Sky Sports Golf with live coverage starting at 1 pm on Thursday.
So let’s pick out some of the best bets for this week's Irish Open.
For my first and main selection in Kilkenny, I’m going to single out Jordan Smith again 28/1 EW Bet365. Now if you follow my selections you’ll be fully aware that Jordan Smith is all over my radar at the moment .
The 29-year-old from Bath, was one of my selections last weekend at the BMW International where he finished T8th to return some each-way money. In fact on the few occasions I’ve included Smith, he usually gives us some kind of return. The Englishman now has seven Top 20 finishes in eleven attempts with five of them being Top 10 finishes. Two of those already this year are runners-up prizes when finishing 2nd at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, and he was also 2nd at the MyGolfLifeOpen. Jordan also arrives in Kilkenny with a bag of stats that matter.
On the DP World Tour this year, Smith ranks 19th Driving Distance, 12th Driving Accuracy, 4th Stroke Average and finally keep the next for last, the stat that could hold all the clues, 1st Greens in Regulation at 65.36%.
Jordan Smith has certainly been knocking on the door this year, he can finally double up on his DP World crowns with another victory, his first since 2017 having already bagged the Porsche European Open .
For my next suggestion, I’m going to point you in the direction of Adri Arnaus 36/1 EW 1-7 places bet365. I haven’t included the talented 26-year-old Spaniard from Barcelona for quite some time now but I have been keeping a close eye on him. Arnaus won his maiden title on the DP World Tour earlier this year when he claimed the Catalunya Championship on home soil.
He can back that up with a runner-up spot at the MyGolfLifeOpen and a 3rd place finish at the Saudi International, I don’t like using that word these days (Saudi).In the thirteen events that Arnaus has played, he has seven Top 20 finishes with five of those being Top10s and three Top5 finishes including the victory mentioned above.
Arnaus does have some stats on his side as he arrives in Ireland. He has ranked 17th on the Tour this season with Stroke Average and 6th Driving Distance.
If Arnaus can just keep those shots off the tee straight down the middle then he will set himself up nicely to be competing on the back nine on Sunday afternoon The world's 58th best-ranked player is way above most in this field. He has all the tools in the bag and if he uses them to his advantage just like he did at the Catalunya then he could be the most likely winner at Mount Juliet.
For my next selection, I’m going to advise Seamus Power 14/1 EW 1-8 places Betfred. The 35-year-old Irishman from Waterford arrives on home soil as one of the main attractions this week and I have a feeling that Seamus won’t disappoint the locals.
A regular on PGA Tour leaderboard’s these days, Power has all the credentials required to please the home crowd this week. He has finished no worse than 27th at all three majors this year .27th at The Masters, 12th at The US Open and best of all 9th at the USPGA Championship. Come on now, tell me another in this field who can boast those credentials this year and I’ll honour you with a free bet.
The fan's favourite has finished inside the Top 20 on eight occasions this year, other notable performances include 3rd at the Sony Open in Hawaii,5th at the WGC Dell Technologies Matchplay and 9th at the AT&T Pebble Beach. This is going to be a birdie fest in Ireland this week and I can think of no one better than Seamus Power to take advantage of the low scoring on offer. On the PGA Tour, the Irishman ranks 13th in Total Birdies and it’s these figures that could see Seamus Power, power his way to be crowned Irish Open Champion to the delight of the natives.
For my final selection it’s the customary match bet NAP and this week in Ireland I’m going to make it another SuperBanker Nap. We have only lost one of these on over a dozen attempts so let’s try to keep the good run going. I’m going for Adri Arnaus again but this time to beat Kurt Kitayama over 72 holes 4/6 Nap Bet365.