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Irish Open betting tips: Kaymer could end drought

| 29.06.2021
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Rory McIlroy will compete on European soil for the first time since 2019 as we pick out some Irish Open betting tips.

The world number 10 is 5/1 favourite to win on home soil at Mount Juliet Estate.

McIlroy’s form appears to be on the up of late, with the Northern Irishman winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow and finishing tied for seventh at the US Open.

The 32-year-old won the Irish Open in 2016 but has had more missed cuts in the event (five) than he has top-10 finishes (three).

Despite his mixed record on home soil, McIlroy is sure to feature in plenty of Irish Open betting tips.

Rory McIlroy will be a popular pick in Irish Open betting tips

Kaymer can continue recent improvement

When Martin Kaymer won the 2014 US Open by eight shots, a seven-year title drought seemed an unlikely prospect.

However, that is exactly what has befell the German, who has not tasted victory since that runaway success at Pinehurst.

At one point the man who holed the winning putt at the Miracle of Medinah dropped outside the top 100 in the world, but three top-five finishes on the European Tour last season suggested a renaissance may not be far away.

Kaymer, who is available at 20/1 this week, was only denied at the BMW International Open last week by the brilliance of Viktor Hovland and is sixth on the European Tour for shots gained – approach.

Putting has often been Kaymer’s Achilles heel during his slump but he was second for putts per green in regulation in Munich last week and his closing 64 suggested a win may not be far away.

Kaymer also has a good Irish Open record, having recorded three top-10 finishes in his five appearances.

Dubuisson overdue

Another Ryder Cup star looking to make their way back to the upper echelons of the game is France’s Victor Dubuisson.

A key part of Europe’s team under Paul McGinley at Gleneagles in 2014, Dubuisson has not tasted victory since claiming his second Turkish Open in 2015.

The mercurial Frenchman finished fourth in Munich last week, his best finish since 2017, and has been posting some impressive stats this season.

The 31-year-old, a 70/1 chance, has the fifth-best scoring average on the European Tour this season and is also in the top five for average scoring on par fives, with four of them over the Mount Juliet layout.

Stone looking to roll into contention

South Africa’s Brandon Stone has missed four cuts in his last five events but the 90/1 chance shouldn’t necessarily be written off in Irish Open betting tips.

The 28-year-old won the Limpopo Championship on home soil in April and finished second on the European Tour in Dubai earlier this season.

A three-time European Tour winner, one of Stone’s victories came in Scotland so he has proved he can handle potentially cold and blustery conditions.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.