2014 Irish Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/19/14
Irish Open: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am (Fota Island Resort)
The Line: Rory McIlroy +450 See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
With the U.S. Open in the books, it’s now time to take a look at this week’s Irish Open. Despite never participating in the event, Rory McIlroy is considered the heavy favorite. If his performance last week is an indication of things to come, it’s better to look at some of the dark horses to win this bad boy.
Here are three golfers you should consider for your card in the Irish Open.
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Paul Casey – Casey is healthy for the first time in a while, just in time for him to defend his title at the Irish Open. Casey was 14 strokes under par and won the tournament by three strokes, which is the largest margin of victory in eight of the last nine years of the Irish Open. Now would also be a good time to announce that four of the last six winners at the Irish Open have been English golfers. We haven’t seen a back-to-back winner at this event since Colin Montgomerie in 1996-97, but with odds of +2000, it’s certainly worth a shot.
Chris Wood – Another English golfer who has a chance to surprise some folks is Wood. He hasn’t exactly been able to finish the job this season, but has had some extremely impressive outings such as shooting a -18 at the Laguna National and a -13 at the Tshwane Open. Wood is eager to earn a spot in the Top 50 players, and a win here would really solidify that position. Wood has proven he can get hot out of nowhere and with odds of +5000, he’s worth a bone or two this week.
Padraig Harrington – The 42-year-old Irish golfer will be right at home when he hits the green this week. He’ll also want to get the bad taste out of his mouth after missing his first U.S. Open in 15 years. Harrington has had a decent PGA Tour this year by making the cut in six of his 12 events, but it certainly could be better. Maybe that’s why we’re getting odds of +5000. But while Harrington may feel like a long shot, he won the event back in 2007 and would like nothing more than to pick up his first victory in six years. I like the Irish Open being a bounce back week for Harrington.