The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was founded in 1927, played annually apart from the war years until 1953.
<div><h2>Dubai Duty Free Irish Open</h2><p><strong>July 4-7</strong></p><p><strong>Lahinch GC, Old Course, Lahinch, Co Clare</strong></p><p><strong>Par 72, 6950 yards</strong></p><p>In 1975 the event was revived and has become a permanent fixture on the European Tour with Rory McIlroy playing host in the last four years. This year's host is former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley who won the South of Ireland Championship at the course in 1991.</p><p>Lahinch Golf Course is in County Clare on the northwest coast of Munster, Northern Ireland. For many years the course has been described as the “St Andrews” of Ireland while being ranked 65th in the list of great golf courses by Golf Digest. The original links were laid out by Tom Morris in 1892 with a 1927 redesign by Alister Mackenzie who co-designed Augusta. Lahinch is two courses of eighteen holes with the old course (used this week) between the intervening road and the sea while the Castle course is a flatter links. One unusual feature this week is that goats are allowed to roam free on the course and if they ever congregate near the clubhouse you know rain is due.</p><p>The course has been home to the South of Ireland Championship won by notable names Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, and Graeme McDowell. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington was also a three-time runner up in the event. This interesting “Roll of Honour” tells us top-level performers prosper as is often the case at classical links venues.</p><h2>Contenders</h2><p>Despite no Rory McIlroy this year we still have a high-quality field to analyse. We start with Spaniard John Rahm who has been 4th and 1st in the last two renewals of the Irish Open and has the power to overpower a links course on a benign week.</p><p>Last year’s champion Russell Know is ticking away on the PGA Tour without too much success this season. He does like this event as a 3rd place in 2016 prior to last year’s win suggests. He piped Ryan Fox on the line last year after the New Zealander looked nailed on to win however, he too is a fine exponent of links golf as 4th the previous year proves.</p><p>Graeme McDowell is a must bet with his course experience to help, a winner earlier in the season on the PGA Tour his form. He played superbly in the Canadian and a respectable US Open at Pebble Beach followed.</p><p>Triple major champion and triple runner up in the South of Ireland Championship at the course Padraig Harrington is playing his way back into form after injury. A fine exponent of links golf especially in challenging conditions, he could be interesting at a big price.</p><p>Another homeland hero we need to consider is Shane Lowry who nearly won the Canadian Open a month ago. Only a poor opening round at the US Open undermined his attempt for a maiden major championship the week after. Often a good performer in his native country, he appears to raise his game accordingly.</p><p>Previous Masters champion Danny Willett is another player coming slowly back into form. He too is a superb links player and last year he contended in the Irish Open eventually finishing 6th. What is more eye-catching is his Irish Open form which is consistent with four top 10 finishes in the last six years.</p><p>Rafa Cabrera Bello has become one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour in recent years, excelling in the Irish Open with three top 10 finishes in the last four years. Third in Germany at the BMW International Open last time tells us this reliable Spaniard is a solid each way bet this week.</p><p>South African Erik Van Rooyen is the same profile of player with consistent form on both PGA Tour and European Tour. Last season in the Irish Open he lead and looked the winner at times during round four. He followed up with a great Open Championship to prove his liking for links golf.</p><p>Englishman Matthew Southgate is a must each way bet this week with two top 5 finishes in recent Irish Open renewals plus two top 10 finishes in his last three European Tour events.</p><p>Lots of regular visitors to the Irish Open with good event and links form to consider are Thomas Bjorn, Bradley Dredge, Maximilian Kieffer, Andy Sullivan, and Chris Wood.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;" /></a></p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></h2><p><strong>Graeme McDowell</strong> - each way @ 28/1 (29.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boylesports</a></p><p><strong>Danny Willett</strong> - each way @ 33/1 (34.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a></p><p><strong>Matthew Southgate</strong> - each way @ 80/1 (81.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boylesports</a></p><p><strong>Rafa Cabrera Bello</strong> – Top 10 @ 16/5 (4.20) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unibet</a></p></div>