Irish Open Betting: McIlroy One to Swerve

Ed Hawkins

Monday, July 2, 2018 12:48 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 12:48 PM UTC

 Shane Lowry worth an each-way interest on course he knows well for this week's European Tour event. 

<p>All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy this week as he heads the betting for the European Tour’s Irish Open. McIlroy is struggling for consistency and confidence, and whether he finds it from Thursday at the Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal remains to be seen.</p><p>It could be just the tonic McIlroy needs. The event is hosted by the Rory Foundation, McIlroy’s charity which helps children’s charities all over the world, and he made it a personal mission to get the tournament to the Ballyliffin.</p><p>Whether he relaxes and is able to swing carefree – or more important not tighten up with the putter – will be crucial to his chances. He could also have a spring in his step thanks to the feel-good factor of his double involvement.</p><p>But whether he is value at <a href="" rel="nofollow">no better than 13/2 with Bet365</a> is all we’re interested in. There is no doubt that McIlroy is one of the finest players in the world, but it’s a mighty short price about a guy who, by his own admission, is struggling.</p><p>He fell away badly in the Travelers Championship last time out. McIlroy could manage only a 12th-place finish, six shots behind the winner, Bubba Watson. It had all looked so promising when he carded a first-round 64 yet he was unable to continue in quite the same vein.</p><p>That is becoming something of trend for the Northern Irishman. What he did manage, however, was four rounds in the 60s. That is the first time this season he has managed that. If that suggests he’s worth following this week, best read this quote from the man himself.</p><p>“I can hold it together and play okay, but just need to do a little bit of work and get my confidence up if anything,” he said. “I’m just a little uncomfortable over the ball at the minute. I am swinging it really well and struggling with the putter.”</p><p>We cannot countenance backing a golfer who is so down on his game, particularly one who has missed the cut four times out of the last five in the Irish Open. So we must look elsewhere for a wager.</p><p>The man who fits the bill is Shane Lowry. Lowry is unheralded but knows the course like the back of his hand, having strolled around a number of times as a youngster.</p><p>He will get big support from the home crowd and he looked in good touch in the French Open last week, finishing tied for 16th. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lowry is 30/1 with Bet365.</a> Bet him each-way a quarter the odds the first five.</p>
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