Dundalk Man Caolan Rafferty Shortens To Make The Cut At Irish Open

Rory McIlroy is set to tee off the clear favourite as a stellar cast line up for the start of the Irish Open on Thursday at Mount Juliet.

A tied-seventh finish on his most recent outing at the US Open saw the Holywood man move back into the top ten in the world rankings and now a second Irish Open victory is on the cards according to the betting following his win at The K Club in 2016.

We rate McIlroy a 9/2 shot for the event, making him the clear favourite ahead of Offaly’s Shane Lowry, who has been backed into 11/1 from 14/1 off the back of three top ten finishes in his last five appearances.

Caolan Rafferty meanwhile has been backed to make his mark as he gears up for his European Tour debut.

The talented Dundalk amateur is now a 25/1 shot from 33/1 to post a top 20 finish at the Kilkenny venue and a 3/1 shot from 9/2 to make the cut following some strong local support this week.

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington is also attracting some each-way interest at 66/1. We’re the only major bookmaker paying 10 PLACES instead of 5 on each-way bets in the Irish Open.

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