Host Club: Carton House, Maynooth Co.
Location: Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Date: June 27 - 30, 2013
European Tour Golf Betting Odds: The Irish Open returns to Carton House, Maynooth, Co. for the first time after following the huge success of the tournament in 2010 and 2011 at Killarney. Packed galleries watched Englishman Ross Fisher capture the title, holding off the surge off Padraig Harrington. This year the tournament has a new venue and also a new date. The tournament used to be played in its traditional May slot, but last year it was held in July for the first time and this year it moves to the last week in June.
In 2010, England's Ross Fisher won the Irish Open in record-equaling style at Killarney - despite a thrilling late challenge from home favorite Padraig Harrington. From three behind Harrington might have thought a closing seven under par 64 would seal his national title for the second time in four years. But Fisher, having lost the six stroke lead he held in the third round, responded with a 65 to take his fourth European Tour title by two. The 29 year olds 266 aggregate, 18 under par, matched the tournament record set nine years ago by Colin Montgomerie.
This year's Irish Open will once again attract a strong field that includes champion Ross Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Paddy Harrington, and Justin Rose.
Sergio Garcia became the youngest winner in the history of the Irish Open in 1999, aged 19 years and 176 days. Sam Torrance is the oldest champion, aged 41 years and 319 days when he triumphed in 1995.
Seve Ballesteros 1983, 85, 86, Nick Faldo 1991-93, Bernhard Langer 1984, 87, 94, and Colin Montgomerie 1996, 97, 01 all have 3 wins which are the most in the history of the tournament.
Last year Ross Fisher set the course record at the K Club when he shot a 61 in the second round en route to winning the title.
With his second place finish last year at Killarney, Paddy Harrington has finished second a stunning 27 times on the European Tour.
The 2009 Irish Open had a fairytale winner when Irishman Shane Lowry became only the third amateur to win on The European Tour.
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How to bet on The Irish Open
The odds of a golfer to win the The Irish Open will generally look something like:
- Tiger Woods + 150
- Phil Mickelson + 250
- Steve Stricker + 300
- Jeff Overton + 700
- Ernie Els + 700
- Field + 600
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the The Irish Open, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in European Golf golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.
A head-to-head betting line for the The Irish Open will look something like:
- Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150
In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to European Golf golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of European golf betting without to much trouble.
2012 Irish Open Winner - Jamie Donaldson celebrates his first win after 255 events at Royal Portrush
It was a long, perhaps tortuous wait, but it was well worth it. For Royal Portrush and Jamie Donaldson both.
While the former was euphoric at hosting Northern Ireland’s first top-level professional tournament in 59 years, the latter celebrated his first win after 255 events.
Their victories came so naturally. The course, and indeed the region, performed as if they had been holding big golf tournaments for years, while the Welshman, the champion by four shots, performed as if he had been winning big titles for years. What a way for this pair to break their droughts.
As Donaldson peered over his 20-footer on the last for a 66 and an 18-under total, a vast proportion of the 30,000 attendance surrounded the green. The putt dropped – it just had to – and the 36 year-old took off his hat and, with a flourish, took a bow. In truth, every visored-fanatic should have done the same.
2011 Irish Open Winner - Dyson Wins Irish Open
England's Simon Dyson closed with a 4-under 67 to win the Irish Open. The European Tour event was played at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in County Kerry.
In notching his fifth title, Dyson edged Australian Richard Green by a stroke, finishing at 15-under 269. Green led by a shot at one point on the back nine, but a bogey on the last led him to a 68 and a total of 14-under 270.
Dyson has been on a bit of a roll after finishing ninth in the British Open two weeks ago. "It's a shame you can't bottle how you feel sometimes. It's amazing, it really is. The golf I've played this week is probably the best I've ever played," said Dyson, who earned $362,837 with the Irish Open title.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (68) ended up in solo third at 12-under 272, one spot ahead of Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, who had a 66.
The marquee twosome of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, two Northern Irishmen who've won the past two U.S. Opens, had mixed results in the final round at Killarney. McIlroy closed with an even-par 71 to finish at 3-under 281, while McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach, went one stroke better with a 70.
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