Ryder Cup Preview 30/09/16 – 02/10/16
Ryder Cup Preview 30/09/16 – 02/10/16
The 2016 Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, with the home team USA favourites to lift a trophy they have not won since 2008. Europe have won the last three Ryder Cup’s, and they have been winners in eight of the last ten events and are chasing a record fourth victory in a row. Between September 30th and October 2nd, twenty-eight matches will be played with some of the world’s best golfers on show.
Davis Love III did nothing wrong as captain at Medinah in 2012, but then nobody could have prepared his side for the Ian Poulter led onslaught that came their way and he will be hoping to get his own back when the two sides meet on Friday. US Open champion Dustin Johnson is the form man coming into the tournament for Team USA and they will be looking to him to lead the way. Having lost his first three Ryder Cup matches he has now grown to like the tournament, winning his last four. Jordan Spieth made his debut at Gleneagles in 2014 but the youngster was beaten by Graeme McDowell in the singles. However Spieth has gone on to win two majors since, becoming one of the best golfers on the planet and he is now the world number four. Having both him and Johnson in their team gives them plenty of firepower and Europe will have to be at their best to score better than these two.
Europe, who are captained by Darren Clarke, will be hoping to beat Team USA for the fourth consecutive Ryder Cup when they arrive across the pond. You feel that Rory McIlroy will have to shine if the European team are going to be triumphant again, he is one of their most talented players but having been a little hit and miss over the last couple of years you never quite know how he will perform. He is however yet to lose a singles match in the Ryder Cup, winning three and drawing one so he has good pedigree in the tournament and if he can be on song again Europe have a great chance. The Northern Irishman has won the Fedex Cup in Atlanta in the last week, so he is in good form coming into the tournament, European fans will be hoping he can keep his form up in his putting game.
British Open winner Henrik Stenson is another player who will represent Europe and he has a great Ryder Cup record having famously putted the winner in 2006. The Swede is coming into the Ryder Cup after playing some of the best golf in his career and he is likely to paired with another player in great form in England’s Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose. The duo formed a great partnership in 2014 and they will be hoping to form another effective partnership and help keep the title in Europe. Sheffield-born Danny Willett is another Brit that has been selected to play for Team Europe after an excellent season. Willett shot to global attention with his incredible Masters victory at Augusta in 2016 and he is now the 10th ranked player in the world, so Europe certainly have a plethora of talent at their disposal and several winners of major tournaments.
Whilst Team USA are the bookies favourites, being priced at 4/7 to be the outright winner we fancy Team Europe at 15/8 to lift the trophy. Europe look to have the stronger set of individual players and they have no pressure on them having won the competition three times in a row and with them being the underdogs. Johnson is in great form and will be key to USA’s chances and we think that he will be their top points scorer which you can get at 7/2
Rory McIlroy top European and Europe to win the Ryder Cup (Best priced at 13/2 with Sky Bet) – BET HERE
Dustin Johnson Top American (Best priced at 4/1 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Europe to win 15-13 (Best priced at 14/1 with Bet365) – BET HERE
@FootyAccums SkyBet Request-A-Bet Specials:
USA lead after Day 1, A Hole in one, Europe to win the cup at 28/1 – ADD TO SLIP HERE
Rose/McIlroy/Stenson to win the singles match, Europe to win day 2 only, Westwood to be overall top Wildcard at 33/1 –ADD TO SLIP HERE
McIlroy top overall points, Dustin Johnson top USA points, Willet top Europe Rookie, Europe to win cup at 80/1 – ADD TO SLIP HERE
Watch the moment Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2014: