Irish Open Odds, Field and Betting Picks

Irish Open Odds, Field and Betting Picks

Just one week after finishing up his PGA Tour season with 10-straight top-10 finishes, Rory McIlroy returns to the DP World Tour—where he was the series champion in 2022—to play in the Horizon Irish Open. Let’s take a look at the 2023 Irish Open Odds and our Free betting picks courtesy of Jazzsports.

DP World Tour Odds

McIlroy joins Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry as members of the 2023 European Ryder Cup team, which takes on the United States at the end of this month in Italy. One man who did not make the team is Adrian Meronk of Poland. He happens to be the defending champion of the Irish Open and is back to defend his crown.

This event dates back to 1927 and has been played annually since 1975. This will be the first year since 2016 that the tournament will not be taking place in the weeks leading up to The Open Championship

The record for wins in this event is three, held by four hall of famers: Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, and Seve Ballesteros. More recent winners include McIlroy, Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Padraig Harrington, and Paul Casey.

The Course

Ireland’s national championship event returns to The K Club for the second time. In the first edition there, McIlroy was victorious in 2016. The K Club is short for the Kildare Hotel and Golf Club, which is in Staffan, County Kildare, in the eastern part of the Emerald Isle. It hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006 and will also play host to this event again in 2025 and ’27. 

The North Course at The K Club was designed by Arnold Palmer and is a parkland layout that features water on 13 holes, tree-lined fairways, and plenty of bunkers. At 7,441 yards, it’s a long par-72 course.

McIlroy Leads Ryder Cup Participants as the Odds-on Favorite

After a much-publicized flame out at The Masters where he missed the cut and subsequently took a short break from golf, Rory McIlroy (+350) has played terrific golf since the PGA Championship. Starting with that major back in May, the Northern Irishman has posted a finish no worse than ninth, including a win at the Genesis Scottish Open and top fives in all three FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour. Add in the fact that he won on this course in 2016, and it’s hard to believe that McIlroy at least won’t be a factor this weekend. 

The closest golfer to McIlroy on the odds board is Tyrrell Hatton at +1000. The Englishman was also a top Ryder Cup qualifier but hasn’t won on the worldwide stage since winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in early 2021. Despite not claiming a victory, Hatton had top-five finishes in three Designated Events on the PGA Tour and was sixth at the Genesis Scottish Open. Hatton missed just one cut all season on the PGA Tour, so he’s been extremely consistent as well. Finally, Hatton was fifth here at The K Club in 2016.

Other Contenders

Australian Min Woo Lee (+1500) hasn’t competed since The Open Championship in July, but he put up some impressive finishes over the past year. He was fifth at the U.S. Open and sixth at The Players Championship. On the DP World Tour, Lee was runner-up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January and had two other top fives prior to that. He also won the Scottish Open in 2021.

Shane Lowry (+1800) is the highest-ranked countryman and won this event as an amateur in 2009. But despite earning a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, Lowry hasn’t had the best 2023 on the course. He missed the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour and missed the cut at the Czech Masters on this circuit two weeks ago. Lowry did win the 2022 BMW PGA Championship and is of course the 2019 Open Championship winner, so the talent is there. 

Adam Scott (+1800) takes a rare turn on the DP World Tour circuit after a strong spring and summer in the U.S. The Australian had four top-10 finishes in his last nine starts on the PGA Tour. His most-recent DP World Tour start was in March 2022 at the ISPS Handa Australian Open, where he finished runner-up.

Adrian Meronk (+2250) was denied a spot on the Ryder Cup team despite winning this event last year and also picking up a victory at Marco Simone, which is where the Ryder Cup will be contested. Meronk was 13th last week at the 2023 Omega European Masters. Meronk’s length off the tee should help him at The K Club as he looks to defend his title. 

Longshots

Jordan Smith (+3000) has had trouble with the putter, but he’s one of the longest hitters on this tour, which will benefit him here. Thomas Detry (+3000) returns to the DP World Tour after a largely successful rookie campaign on the PGA Tour, where he really only had one poor performance. His putting game is better than Smith’s, and he’s catching up to him in driving statistics.

Finally, another golfer at +3000 is Billy Horschel. The American had one of the worst years of his career but has built some momentum as of late. An extreme longshot to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs, Horschel nearly won the Wyndham Championship to qualify. He was in second going into the final round of that event before finishing in sixth, but he comes into this event with some confidence. 

2023 Irish Open Odds

There have been plenty of longshot winners on the DP World Tour this year, but with a strong field this week, we’d expect the winner to come from those we listed. It’s impossible not to back McIlroy even with the perceived lack of value. We’re also going with Hatton, Lee, Meronk, and Detry. 

Here are the latest Golf odds from JazzSports for the DP World Tour’s 2023 Horizon Irish Open.

GOLFERSODDS TO WIN 2023 HORIZON IRISH OPEN
Rory McIlroy+350
Tyrrell Hatton+1000
Min Woo Lee+1500
Shane Lowry+1800
Adam Scott+1800
Adrian Meronk+2250
Aaron Rai+2500
Alexander Bjork+2500
Ryan Fox+2500

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