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The RYDER CUP 2014

This will be the 40th Ryder Cup and is being hosted by Europe at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire and runs from 26th-28th Sept
Team USA lead the overall series by 25 wins to 12 with 2 tied; Team Europe have however won 5 of the last 6 and 7 of the last 9 contests and if you go back to 1985, the record has been 9-4-1 tie in favour of the European lads
The last two contests have both seen European wins by a point (14.5 to 13.5) after USA won by 5pts in 2008 and prior to that, Europe won by 9pts in both ’06 and ’04
So to this year and the teams are as follows:

USA Team

Captain: Tom Watson
gleneagles
Rickie Fowler
Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar
Jim Furyk
Phil Mickelson
Bubba Watson
Keegan Bradley
Hunter Mahan
Webb Simpson
Patrick Reed
Jordan Spieth
Jimmy Walker

EUROPE Team

Captain: Paul McGinley
Sergio Garcia
Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell
Thomas Bjorn
Rory McIlroy
Justin Rose
Henrik Stenson
Lee Westwood
Stephen Gallacher
Ian Poulter
Jamie Donaldson
Victor Dubuisson
Captain’s Picks > Watson went with Bradley, Mahan and Simpson so playing it pretty safe there whilst McGinley picked Westwood, Poults and Gallacher, all equally understandable too
Experience > Europe have 4 of the World Top 6 currently as well as many other experienced players; add in Gallacher and Donaldson in their late thirties and you have a really experienced and battle-worn side. USA have Mickelson but no Woods, Dufner or Dusty – they also have 3 debutants including Spieth who is just 21
Now whether this means the Europeans will handle the pressure better, who knows but the Americans will no doubt benefit from being big underdogs as they haven’t really got much to lose – they are on European soil and haven’t won this side of the pond since 1993
Course > Gleneagles Course is previewed on pgatour.com here
Recent History > The Europe team often does well in the fourballs and foursomes and usually has a lead going into Sunday but the US have equally often done well in the singles for some reason and this could well be the pattern again this year
The 2012 event was another terrific memorable battle as Europe fought back late on Saturday to be just 10-6 down rather than almost being wiped out – that set up the terrific Singles on Sunday which saw Team Europe win the first 4 to level the score and set up an enthralling finish
Summary >
There have been a couple of thrashings in recent times but generally the matches are close; Team Europe are big favourites this year but there’s no value in that – backing the USA team could pay well as if they start decently, the price will contract enough to warrant a profit being taken. There is always a chance that Europe could runaway with it, going 6-2 and 5-3 would give them an 11-5 lead and then 7 singles wins means a thrashing of 18-9 or so. But, if the US team gain some confidence from some great golf (and they have the players capable) they could easily make this another late Sunday shootout and anything around 15-13 either way is the call. Remember the tie market and the difference between ‘winning’ and ‘retaining’ too!
Top Debutant – hard market as unknown how much they will play – I expect a tie in this market with maybe 2 matches being played at most by these guys
Top European – I like the chances of Kaymer as I think he will play a lot and is mentally very strong; the top 3 market is an avoid as too many can tie in that let alone the win market
Top American – liking Fowler here as I think he will play plenty and really do well and he could beat Rory in a matchbet if he gels well with his partner in the fourballs/somes
Score – could be worth backing Europe at 18-9 and above as it’s unquoted after 19.5 so it’s 5 bets and the odds are 34 and up; this is if you believe Europe will dominate and stroll this which they could well do!
Advised Bets >
Back USA at 2.86 on BF and trade out if they start well
Fowler over McIlroy matchbet @ 2.02
Top European > Kaymer @ 12.0 on BF
Top US > Fowler at 7.0 on BF

About Author

* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time

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