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DDF Irish Open – Ballyliffin, Donegal – Ireland

First and foremost a very happy 4th of July to all my readers in the USA. Hope your all having a great-fantastic day and I hope you celebrate and party hard into the night.


Its Links Season over here and time for another Rolex Series Event. This time the European Tour heads off to a true gem of links course at Ballyliffin, Donegal in Ireland. This weeks venue has been described by a few players this week as potentially one of the best outside of The Open circuit and widely regarded as one of the best available in Ireland.

Located in the furthest north point of Ireland and situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, this stunning venue presents the players with the perfect opportunity to really start fine tuning their skills ready for The Open in just a couple of weeks. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in its own right is a massive event and even more so with the appeal and funding that the Rolex series offers as well.

At Ballyliffin they have the delights of two classic links courses to offer its members and visitors, however this week the Tour will of course play on the links most suited to modern day championship golf and the newer of the layouts.

The Course

Glashedy Links

Par 72, measuring 7,462 yards. (3 x par 3’s, 12 x par 4’s, 3 x par 5’s)

Pure links, situated by the sea. Narrow fast running fairways carved through sand dunes and framed by long punishing rough. Pot-hole bunkering, large greens, a little water and the difficulty of the challenge dominated by the weather.

Sit back, enjoy and watch some exciting golf on a fine example of the most traditional style of course available.

The Field

Another strong field of players has assembled. Jon Rahm returns to defend his title and as always tournament host Rory McIlroy will be present and trying to lift the title for the second time.

My Picks

$10,000 +

Jon Rahm – $11,600

Rafa Cabrerra-Bello – $10,400

$9,000 – $10,000

Andy Sullivan – $9,800

Thorbjorn Olesen – $9,700

Paul Dunne – $9,500

$8,000 – $9,000

Hao-Tong Li  $8,800

Alex Bjork – $8,600

Adrian Otaegui – $8,200

$8,000 – , $7,500

Julian Suri – $8,100

Jorge Campillo – $8,000

Thomas Detry – $7,900

Matthew Southgate – $7,600

$7,000 – $7,500

Mike Lorenzp-Vera – $7,300

Shubhankar Sharma – $7,300

Dylan frittelli – $7,300

Eddie Pepperell – $7,100

George Coetzee – $7,100

$7,000 or less

Connor Syme – $7,000

Richard Bland $6,900

Oliver Wilson – $6,800

Although there aren’t many home players within the main body of my write up that’s not to say that I’m not keen on having a little sprinkle of these within my gpp line ups. The luck of the Irish may come good this week and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a name like Darren Clarke or even Gavin Moynihan do well and pick up a nice chunk of that pot of gold at the end of the week.

Anyway ladies and gents that’s me done for another week and my apologies for a shortened version of the write up. However tonight I too am celebrating and enjoying a couple of drinks after finding out I passed all my university exams for the year and no longer have the worry of a potential and dreaded resit of a module.

Hope you all enjoy the golf on offer this week and may your screens be as green as green as this weeks national colour. 

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Prize Pool

The total money entered into a contest, simply determined by the number of entries multiplied by the entry fee.

  • Ex: 100 players at a $20 entry fee = $2,000 prize pool.