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Irish Open - DP World Tour: Preview

03 August 2022 06:16:21 EST
 Shane Lowry won at Baltray in 2009

The DP World Tour returns to the Emerald Isle this week, with a strong field set to battle it out for the Irish Open title at Mount Juliet.

There are seven previous winners of this event set to tee it up in County Kilkenny, with home-favourite Shane Lowry the 17/2 outright favourite to win this tournament for the second time.

There are 6000 DP World Tour ranking points up for grabs at this week's event, as well as a prize fund of $6,000,000.

American Will Zalatoris leads the way in the 2022 Race to Dubai standings, with Thomas Pieters the highest ranked player (fourth) in the field at Mount Juliet.

What

Horizon Irish Open

Where

Mount Juliet, County Kilkenny

When

Thursday 30th June – Sunday 3rd July

How to watch

Sky Sports Golf and available to follow on bet365's Live Golf Tracker

Odds

Shane Lowry 17/2, Seamus Power 14/1, Thomas Pieters 18/1, Tyrrell Hatton 20/1, Ryan Fox 22/1, Aaron Rai 25/1, Jordan Smith 28/1

Irish Open Course Details

Mount Juliet is a Jack Nicklaus-designed parkland course which this year is hosting the Irish Open for the fifth time.

The 7,264 yard, par-72 set up is based in the heart of the Irish countryside and was recently voted the best parkland course in Ireland.

There are five lakes and 80 bunkers throughout the 18-holes and the standout hole for many is the 16th, with the 452-yard par four having a walled green and is surrounded by a huge bunker.

Previous Irish Open Winners in the Field

John Catlin, Soren Kjeldsen, Jamie Donaldson, Ross Fisher, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Thomas Bjorn.

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Shane Lowry

It's hard to look past the man at the head of the market, with Lowry looking to secure a second win in this tournament – having famously claimed success as an amateur in 2009.

The world number 24 famously won at Baltray in 2009 as an amateur and he was one of three home winners in a decade alongisde Harrington (2007) and Rory McIlroy (2016) - and recent form suggests Lowry can challenge again this week.

Lowry missed the cut at the US Open earlier this month, after being on the wrong half of a draw bias, but prior to that his form guide in his previous six tournaments reads: T3-T3-T3-T23-T32-T10.

The 35-year-old finished T-23 at this course last year, with a third round 74 denting his chances of a final day challenge, but he responded brilliantly with a 66 on the Sunday.

Lowry is as high as sixth on the Scoring Average charts (69.35) on the PGA Tour and is ranking 21st in Total Driving.

Richie Ramsey

If it's not an Irishman to win this week, it might well be a Scot instead as Richie Ramsey heads to Mount Juliet in good form.

The man from Aberdeen has three top 15 finishes to his name since the start of May and his performance in Germany last week will have boosted his confidence even further.

Ramsey finished T13 in the BMW International Open, carding three rounds of 68, and also has fond memories of this week's host course.

The three-time DP World Tour winner finished in a tie for fourth in the 2021 Irish Open, five shots behind eventual winner Lucas Herbert.

His stats also making notable reading, with Ramsey currently third on the DP World Tour for Greens in Regulaton and 10th for Driving Accuracy and he's 60/1 to win in Ireland.

Wil Besseling

The affable Dutchman is getting ever closer to collecting his first Tour title and he has a chance of ending that wait this week.

Besseling - who is 12th in Driving Distance and 23rd in Greens in Regulation this year - carded three sub-70 rounds at Mount Juliet last year and eventually finished T17.

The 36-year-old, who has moved into the world's top 250, goes into this week's tournament off the back of some good performances in recent weeks and could fare well at 60/1.

He finished second in the Porsche European Open earlier this month, before ending the BMW International Open in a tie for 26th.

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