Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation Preview
What a week it has been for European golf on both the PGA and the European tour. First Alex Noren came from behind to win the French Open at the 2018 Ryder Cup venue, then Francesco Molinari crushed the rest of the field by eight shots to claim his maiden win on the PGA tour. Both of these players have all but secured places on the Ryder Cup team after their respective wins and will now be looking forward to reclaiming the Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationale.
The Rolex Series continues this week at Ballyliffin GC in County Donegal, widely regarded as one of the finest Links golf courses in Ireland. The Irish Open has gone from strength and strength ever since Rory McIlroy started hosting the event back in 2015 and now attracts one of the finest fields on the European tour.
Some of the marquee players in action this week will be Rory McIlroy, John Rahm, Alex Noren and Thomas Pieters. Alongside the above-mentioned players, Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn will be keeping a close eye on the form of some of the fringe players that could make his side in September. He has four captains picks this year to make, more that any other European Ryder Cup Captain, and he will want to make sure that he selects the players in the best form to complete his side. That said, players like; Thorbjorn Oleson, Alexander Levy, Matt Wallace and Chris Paisley will want to have an impressive week here at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Also a shout out must go to TRENDYGOLF sponsored golfer Simon Thornton, who qualified for this event at Rosapenna. We wish him good luck and hope to see him at the top of leaderboard come Sunday evening.
Tips For The Week
Russell Knox: Had an impressive showing last week at the French Open, finishing second. He was unlucky to miss out on a captain’s pick at the last Ryder Cup and as a result we have seen more of him on the European Tour since. Bought up on a diet of links golf, I expect him to thrive this week.
Julian Suri: The impressive American has had a very steady season on the European tour, with one win tucked away already, he also finished second last week at the French Open and he will want to build on that this week.
Rory McIlroy: he won this event in 2016 when hosting and whilst historically he hasn’t always performed on firm fast courses, he has worked hard on his game and hopefully a win here kick starts Rory into the kind of form that we are used to seeing from him.
Eddie Pepperell: one of the games true characters; he secured his first win on the European Tour earlier this year. And with the course being firm he won’t have to hit too many drivers, which is a good thing considering it is far from being his most