The time-honoured Irish Open returns to Mount Juliet this week and an Englishman is fancied to win the event for the first time in a decade.
Mount Juliet shapes as a putting contest first and foremost and there are few more talented than Englishman Tyrell Hatton. Hatton ranks 2nd on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting as well as 3rd in Putting Average. He also ranks 15th on the DP World Tour in Scrambling. He has two Top 5 Irish Open finishes and form is sound enough.
Players don’t come much more consistent than Pole Adrian Meronk, who has three Top 6 finishes in his last five starts. Yet to break through but fancy a win is coming. Ranks 3rd on Tour in Birdies along with 6th in Putting Average and 14th in Strokes Gained: Putting. Big odds this week.
Quality Spaniard who comes off an excellent Top 5 finish at the BMW International last week. He leads the DP World Tour in Birdies while he ranks 4th in Strokes Gained: Putting, 7th in Putting Average and 11th in Scrambling. He has four Top 13 finishes in his last six starts.
Italian Andrea Pavan is woefully out of form but hits a course this week that should suit his game. Pavan ranks 5th in Strokes Gained: Putting and 12th in Putts Per GIR.