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Irish Open Tips - Top contenders for victory

By Brad Newcomb
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  • The Horizon Irish Open takes place between 30 June-3 July
  • The tournament takes place at the Mount Juliet Golf Estate, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Lucas Herbert is the defending champion
  • 5 of the world's top 50 golfers are in the field
  • Our 4 selections who could win on Sunday
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Shane Lowry is tipped for victory in Ireland (Getty Images)
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A host of Europe's best players return from the PGA Tour to make their presence felt on the DP World Tour and contest for the Irish Open this weekend. Who will walk away with the honours?

Lucas Herbert returns to defend his title after lifting the trophy in 2021. 

Former Major winners Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry are in the lineup. 

These are our top four selections that could win this weekend. 

Shane Lowry


Shane Lowry returns to the DP World Tour after his foray on the PGA Tour and comes into this event on the back of excellent results.

The Irishman started his year by finishing T12 at the Abu Dhabi Championship, T24 at the Dubai Desert Classic, and T14 at the Saudi International.

In his first event in America, he placed second at the Honda Classic, followed by finishes of T13 at the Players Championship, T12 at the Valspar Championship and T35 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

He played great golf at the Masters, placing T3 overall, and replicated that performance by finishing T3 at the RBC Heritage.

Lowry's next four starts were decent, finishing T23 at the PGA Championship, T32 at the Memorial Tournament and T10 at RBC Canadian Open before missing the cut at the US Open, his only blemish for 2022.

The 35-year-old won this tournament as an amateur in 2009 and placed T23 in 2021.

Lowry has been performing well throughout the year against the elite golfers in the world and will relish the chance to win his second Irish Open in front of his loyal fans come Sunday.

Thomas Pieters


Thomas Pieters shot a five-under-par final round at the BMW International Open to tie with Haotong Li. In the first hole playoff, Li drained a 50ft putt to edge the Belgian.  

Pieters started his year by lifting the trophy at the Abu Dhabi Championship, followed by a sold finish at T12 at the Dubai Desert Classic and T24 at the Saudi International.

The 30-year-old lost his way in his next five starts when he missed the cut at Genesis Invitational, placed T32 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, missed the cut at the Players Championship, finished T26 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, and missed the cut once more at the Masters.

Pieters reversed his slump when he placed T9 at the Soudal Open, T71 at the PGA Championship, T10 at the Dutch Open and T27 at the US Open.

The Belgian golfer placed T12 at the Irish Open last year.

Pieters showed he is back to his best after his performance last weekend and can challenge for his seventh DP World Tour title in Ireland this weekend. 

Ryan Fox


Ryan Fox's impressive season on the DP World Tour continued when he placed third at the BMW International Open in Munich this past weekend.

The New Zealander did not have the best of starts to 2022 when he finished 61st at the Abu Dhabi Championship, T26 at the Dubai Desert Classic and missed the cut at the Ras al Khaimah Championship.

He then bounced back by winning the Ras al Khaimah Classic and has carried that form with him on the DP World Tour throughout the year.

The 35-year-old finished T15 at the ISPS Handa Championship, T9 at the Catalunya Championship, T8 at the Betfred British Masters, T2 at the Soudal Open and T2 at the Dutch Open.

Fox played at the PGA Championship and US Open but did not produce any fireworks with results of 54th and MC.

His first two results at the Irish Open were excellent, placing T4 in 2017 and second in 2018.  However, he has missed the cut in his next three starts, including last year.  

Fox's consistent top performances on the DP World Tour have seen him rise from 217th in the world rankings to 56th, and he can challenge for the title at the Irish Open.

Adrian Meronk


Adrian Meronk is still in pursuit of his maiden title on the DP World Tour and has gone close to achieving victory multiple times in 2022.

He finished T4 at the Dubai Desert Classic, T57 at the Ras al Khaimah Championship, T6 at the Ras al Khaimah Classic, T61 at the Kenya Open, and T28 at the Pecanwood Classic.

The Pole returned to the form he showed in Dubai by placing T3 at the Qatar Masters, T3 at the Catalunya Championship, 6th at the Soudal Open and third at the Dutch Open.

His only two poor results were missing the cut at the Betfred British Masters and the Porsche European Open.

The 29-year-old has played at the Irish Open once, missing the cut in 2021.

Meronk has been holding form and will be in the mix around the greens at the Mount Juliet Golf Estate. 
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Verdict

Lowry has been in great touch and can convert that form into another victory in Ireland.

Pieters has bounced back to his best and can challenge for the trophy this weekend.

Fox has found consistency this year and will be a threat around the greens at the Mount Juliet Golf Estate.
 
Meronk has been knocking hard and is a worthy long-shot value bet at the Irish Open.

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