Fleetwood there but no Mac for Irish Open

Updated: 30/11/2022


Tommy Fleetwood is one of the star names teeing it up at the week’s Irish Open – but Rory McIlroy has opted out (Fleetwood 12/1 – Outright Betting).

Fleetwood has struggled of late and while he has yet to miss a cut this season, he has recorded just three top-10 finishes.

A share of 13th at the Travelers Championship last time out was encouraging, but the 28-year-old has only one top-10 since finishing tied for fifth at the Players.

That came at the British Masters before a 48th-place finish at the US PGA Championship and a lowly 65th at the US Open, and the popular Englishman could do with a good showing at Lahinch Golf Club.

McIlroy will not play after hosting the event for the past four years, leaving Jon Rahm (15/2) to take top billing.

Like Fleetwood, the world number 11 has stuttered, with missed cuts at the US PGA and the Charles Schwab Challenge, but he bounced back to finish tied for third at Pebble Beach before securing a share of second at last week’s Andalucia Masters.

The big-hitting Spaniard is eyeing a second win in the tournament, having won by a massive six strokes back in 2017.

Matt Wallace (16/1) continues to struggle with his emotions on course but has three top-10s in his last five starts, including a tied-third finish at the US PGA.

The world number 24 has fire in his belly and a will to win second to none, although he needs to find out how to channel his frustrations in a positive way.

Other big names on view in Ireland include Louis Oosthuizen (18/1), Danny Willett (28/1) and Tyrrell Hatton (22/1),  while Shane Lowry (16/1) will fly the flag for Ireland.

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