Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Fantasy Preview

As the Open Championship draws nearer the field strength continues to rise on European soil.

This week the European Tour heads to Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The field will take on a short, par 72 links layout against a strong field. Let’s have a quick look to see who has performed best in these conditions since 2015…

Top Performers on Links Layouts (since 2015)

Soren Kjeldsen
Tyrrell Hatton
Graeme McDowell
Tommy Fleetwood
Rafa Cabrera Bello
David Horsey
Fabrizio Zanotti
Bradley Dredge
Richard Sterne
Andy Sullivan

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Soren Kjeldsen
Andy Sullivan
Tyrrell Hatton
Lee Westwood
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tommy Fleetwood
Thongchai Jaidee
Danny Willett
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Joost Luiten

Top Performers on Par 72 Courses (since 2015)

Rory McIlroy
Tyrrell Hatton
Danny Willett
Thongchai Jaidee
Soren Kjeldsen
Thomas Aiken
Shane Lowry
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Joost Luiten

Top Performers against Strong Fields (since 2015)

Rory McIlroy
Tyrrell Hatton
Andy Sullivan
Soren Kjeldsen
Thongchai Jaidee
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Peter Uihlein
Lee Westwood
Danny Willett
Joost Luiten

Top Performers on Short Courses (since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Pablo Larrazabal
Alejandro Canizares
Richard Bland
Danny Willett
David Lipsky
Julien Quesne
Maximilian Kieffer
George Coetzee
Thomas Pieters

Golfers that show up on all five lists: NONE

Golfers that show up on four-of-five lists: Tyrrell Hatton, Soren Kjeldsen, Danny Willett, Joost Luiten, Rafa Cabrera Bello

Golfers that show up on three-of-five lists: Andy Sullivan, Thongchai Jaidee

Golfers that show up on two-of-five lists: Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood

My Top 25 for the 2017 Irish Open

1. Rory McIlroy
2. Jon Rahm
3. Justin Rose
4. Lee Westwood
5. Tyrrell Hatton
6. Thomas Pieters
7. Alexander Bjork
8. Rafa Cabrera Bello
9. Soren Kjeldsen
10. Hao Tong Li
11. Hideki Matsuyama
12. Andy Sullivan
13. Tommy Fleetwood
14. Pablo Larrazabal
15. Joost Luiten
16. Matthew Fitzpatrick
17. Jordan Smith
18. Shane Lowry
19. Peter Uihlein
20. Dean Burmester
21. Jaco Van Zyl
22. Bradley Dredge
23. Dylan Frittelli
24. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
25. Thongchai Jaidee

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