Sleeper Picks for the 2020 Irish Open – A Trio of Names to Keep Tabs On

| September 22, 2020 11:23 am PDT

There are a couple of reasons we should be keying in on some Irish Open sleepers. For one, the event is rescheduled to the week after the US Open has dramatically weakened the field.

Secondly, the Galgorm Castle Golf Club isn’t a “regular” venue on the European Tour circuit. However, the Challenge Tour’s Northern Ireland Open has been played here since 2013, so a handful of this week’s participants have competed here before.

In other words, it’s as good of a time as any to have a go at a few fliers.

Jack Senior +5000

Speaking of the Challenge Tour hosting an event at the acclaimed track in Ballymena – do you know who won the Northern Ireland Open in 2019?

He’s the same guy who has made five straight cuts on the European Tour and finished 14th last time out at the Portugal Masters.

His name is Jack Senior.

Clocking in 12th in driving accuracy and 22nd in stroke average, his +5000 price tag at MyBookie has me taking a long, hard look.

Min Woo Lee +7000

This 22-year-old Aussie didn’t play at Valderrama, nor did he tee it up in either event in Portugal. Instead, Min Woo Lee was resting after an 11th-place finish at the ISPS HANDA UK Championship.

Lee will need to clean up his short game if he plans on getting into contention, but have no worries about Min Woo’s long game. Wilco Nienaber – who happens to be my Irish Open pick – is the only player on the European Tour who hits it farther than Lee off the tee.

Spotting Min Woo at +5000 to win at Galgorm Castle barely had me perked up, but his +7000 number at MyBookie definitely piqued my interest.

Julian Suri +8000

I was slightly captivated by Julian Suri’s +6600 number at BetOnline. Once I shopped his price across a bunch of the top golf bookies, I quickly zeroed in on +8000 at XBet.

A tie for 32nd last week at the Open de Portugal doesn’t necessarily hint that a breakthrough performance is on the horizon. Nonetheless, a final round 67 thrust Julian up the leaderboard and means he’ll carry some positive vibes into County Antrim.

Suri has won on the European Tour before and is just a couple of years removed from being a top-60 player in the world. Working his way back from a serious surgery, talent that blatant almost inevitably gets unearthed.

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