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Irish Open Betting

The Irish Open is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour played in late June or early July. It is an important part of the build up to the British Open later in the summer.

This articles will give you an understanding of the history of the tournament, past winners and of course, where and how to bet on the Irish Open golf event.

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The tournament dates back to 1927 but has several gaps in its history. There was no Irish Open during the War (1940-45) and 1951 and 1952 were skipped. There was also no Irish Open staged from 1954 to 1974 inclusive.

The 72-hole event has taken place at many locations on the island. The 2012 event at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland was regarded as a phenomenal success.

Over 112,000 spectators attended the four days of the tournament, the first time attendance figures at a European Tour event exceeded 100,000. This was the first Irish Open played in Northern Ireland since 1953. In 2013 the tournament returned to the Montgomerie Course at Carton House Golf Club in County Kildare where it had been staged in 2005 and 2006.

The Irish Open is one of the most popular events on the European Tour. Since 2011, it is the only European Tour event played in Ireland and a huge week for golf wagering on the island. The European Open, held at the K Club between 1995 and 2007 moved to its new home near London in 2008.

Past Winners

One curious fact from the early years of the Irish Open was that it was won by all three Whitcombe brothers: Ernest (1928, 1935), Charles (1930) and Reg (1936). Bobby Locke achieved his first win in Europe at Irish Open of 1938. All of his previous victories had been in his native South Africa.

Americans Ben Crenshaw and Hubert Green claimed their only European Tour victories in the Irish Opens of 1976 and 1977 respectively. Green remains the last American to triumph in the tournament.

The youngest winner is Sergio Garcia of Spain was just 19 when claiming his first European Tour win in 1999. The most successful golfer in the history of the event is Christy O’Connor Jnr who won four times (1964, 1966, 1967, 1972). Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros all achieved three victories.

Faldo’s three victories were achieved in consecutive seasons, 1991-93, the last two coming in playoffs.
The biggest margin of victory was a massive ten strokes by Bernhard Langer in 1987.

Irish Open 2013

Casey wins Irish OpenPaul Casey ended a spell in the wilderness by returning to his best form at Carlton House. The Englishman had been struggling with his form and fitness since winning his last European Tour title in 2011. He had been as high as third in the world rankings in 2009 but dropped outside of the top 150 over recent months.

He produced a five under par 67 on the final day to end his losing streak having started his round four shots behind overnight leader Joost Luiten. Casey held a three-shot lead with just three to play but consecutive bogeys left him only one ahead going down the 72nd.

Casey had finished second the last time the event was staged at this venue and for a moment it looked as though he may be about to let the title slip away. But he showed no signs of nerves as he reached the green in two and proceeded to hole out from 45 feet for eagle. It was his 12th victory on the European Tour.

Casey put down some of the inspiration for his victory to the sight of former Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose win his first Major title in the US Open. He is now targeting a return to the top 50.

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