Our golf expert has picked out three potential winners, including a 175/1 each way punt.
The Irish Open has always held an elite status on the tour and with the introduction of the Rolex Series in recent years it has now become one of the top 5 events of the season. Under the guidance of Rory McIlroy in recent years the event has grown and the former world number one has always managed to seduce some of the worlds best to tee it up in the emerald isle.
This week is no different and although the field is a shade less spectacular than recent years, the venue will make up for that. The Glashedy Links on the tip of the Donegal coast is a magnificent layout that will no doubt look sparkling on the telly from Thursday onwards.
McIlroy heads the betting around the 13/2 mark and given the amount of golf he played here growing up must fancy his chances. Given he has missed four of his last five Irish Open cuts however it'd be wise to exercise caution.
The weather is super though and with the sun on his back in his homeland he will enjoy the test this week. His tenure of the event comes to a close this year and although he will like to go out with a bang I think better value lies elsewhere in the field.
Rahm continues to be relentless in these Rolex events and another big performance from him is not out of the question. Again though, the single figures around a links test that we don't know an awful lot about isn't too tempting.
These Rolex events have all been won by elite players in the game and it's important to have a few of that pedigree on our side this week.
Thomas Pieters is the first string to add to our punting bow this week. His temperament leaves a lot to be desired and isn't highlighted anywhere near as much as Rahm's, but I think it is worse.
Rahm has the capability of forgetting his errors despite his outbursts, with Pieters I think it can effect him for a full event if things start to go badly. Nevertheless, with a long yardage this week I can see this playing into the hands of the bigger hitters and Pieters is in that bracket.
14th in Italy, 18th in Germany and 31st in France last week is a nice run in to this event and with the Ryder Cup on the horizon this is him time to pounce.
He doesn't have a ton of good links form but given the weather this week there is the possibility this becomes a driving and putting contest.
Pieters is streaky in that manner and the 40/1 out there for someone of his status in the game reads very well to me.
At almost three times the price of the 2 market leaders Rafa Cabrera Bello is an enticing bet. There is no doubt the same calibre of field hasn't materialised for the Irish Open this time around and I think everything points towards the Spaniard getting another victory on his CV. Missed cuts don't come around often for Bello but he managed one last week in France.
The Paris National is a course that can eat you up and spit you out if you make just 1 or 2 mistakes so I won't put a lot of weight on that performance. Links is where Bello has played some of his best golf. A win came at this time last year on a similar flattish Links track in Scotland and he may just re produce those heroics.
He has two top 5s posted here in Ireland and another top 5 in an Open Championship also. He plays these tests well with consistency and I think he will quietly fancy this.
Since winning in Sicily Joakim Lagergren has missed three cuts on the trot but for me has been slightly overlooked by the layers this week. Two of those missed cuts came at Wentworth and Paris which are two of the trickiest courses they play all year.
The Sicily track is by the sea and he has shown he can play these tracks very well. Two top 5s in the Dunhill Links, a runner up in Qatar (windy track) and a top 5 in Madeira are all good finishes to have in the bank playing these tests.
He also has a Challenge Tour win in N.Ireland also so vibes would surely be positive this week despite his recent finishes. It's a risky play given his three missed cuts lately, but one I think has to be played