Thomas Bjorn

Irish Open Golf Preview 2013

There is quite an illustrious field out in attendance this week for the Irish Open. Immediately at the top of the pile, the likes of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington, the big trio from the Emerald Isle are going to be heavily backed this week. The action will be teeing off at the Carton House Golf Club in Maynooth, County Kildare. However, with McIlroy not having any kind of track record at the event and not in top form, or McDowell who hasn’t recorded a top ten at the event before and his form just fading away over his last two starts, it’ll be worth looking beyond the Irish stars.

There are two names who are hard to overlook this week, simply because of the momentum which they are carrying in form. Top of that pile is Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who is just churning out some tremendous golf at the moment. He was triumphant the last time the event was held at Carton House so that is another feather in his cap. This will be his 11th attempt at the tournament and is simply trending towards a win. He has taken two second places and a top four in his last four stars and is swinging confidently. Powerful with the putter too and will create and take chances.

So too will Finland’s Mikko Ilonen. He is the man with the hottest putter since March of this year, and the only man with higher birdie average than Bjorn. He is also in top shape for form and confidence after winning the Nordea Masters recently and will be looking for a good return to the Irish Open after finishing 10th last season.

The top outside bet this week for a Top Ten finish should be Peter Uihlen. The American bombs the ball off the tee (distance, not accuracy) but took a win in Madeira recently. That clearly gave him some confidence because he took a T12 at the BMW PGA after that and his lasting outing on the European PGA he carded a T21.

Stat: Ilonen and Bjorn are ranked 1st and 2nd for Birdies per Round respectively on the Euro PGA, since March

Tipsters Best Tips

Thomas Bjorn outright winner @ 16/1 with Ladbrokes

Peter Uihlen Top Ten Finish @ 4/1 with Ladbrokes