Under the captaincy of Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal the European team travel to Medinah Country Club near Chicago to try and retain golf’s greatest team prize, the Ryder Cup . . . but my money will not be on them (starting Friday).
In a sport dominated by Americans and Europeans, this is at close as golf gets to a World Cup. Since 1979 when Britain and Ireland succumbed to pressure and founded a European team, it has played in 16 Ryder Cup’s and won eight of them, losing seven and halving one. This year their 50% record will be broken either way.
Despite having won 25 out of their 38 Ryder Cup matches, surprisingly the USA have only won two of the last eight tournaments. Those victories were both at home, in Kentucky and Massachusetts.
Historically winning away has been a tough proposition, but in recent years, Europe have managed wins across the Atlantic. The last time that Europe won in America was in 2004 when they were captained by Bernhard Langer. They thrashed the Americans 18.5 – 9.5, a winning score that they matched two years later at the K Club.
Ryder Cups held in America are often hostile events. The partisan American crowds really get behind their players and successfully intimidating European golfers. The 1999 USA victory at Brookline was a prime example of this, and American Davis Love III has warned that the home crowds will be very patriotic. ‘Patriotic’ is an interesting euphemism to describe moving balls and shouting as players are swinging.
The 2010 Ryder Cup was one of the most exciting ever with horrendous weather forcing the singles to be played on Monday. It all came down to the final singles match with the scores locked at 13.5-13.5, but thankfully for Europe Graeme McDowell held his nerve to beat Hunter Mahan 3&1.
The American team may be ranked higher in the world and have won more majors between them but Europe boast a far better Ryder Cup record amongst their team.
USA have selected 11 out of the top 12 ranked Americans in the world, with Jim Furyk playing instead of Nick Whatney as one of three picks. Then there is Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker who just picked up the Tour Championship only last week.
There are seven major winners in the USA team in Woods, Watson, Simpson, Bradley, Mickelson, Johnson and Furyk. However between their 12 players, USA only have 41 victories and a whopping 59 defeats.
Europe on the other hand have 60 wins and 32 defeats. However Europe only have four major winners among their squad in Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie and Martin Kaymer. Europe’s lowest player in the world is Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who is ranked 35. The lowest ranked American is Jim Furyk at 23. Colsaerts was one of two picks Jose Maria Olozabal picks, alongside Ian Poulter.
Colsaerts is Europes sole rookie and amazingly eight of the eleven that have played before boast winning records. The USA on the other hand have three rookies in Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson.
Ryder Cup Betting Tips Prediction
With both captains attempting to be fairly coy about possible pairings for the opening two days, the excitement is building.
Although Europe have the Ryder Cup experience on their side, America have the higher ranked and more in-form players and importantly a very boisterous home crowd. The Ryder Cup Betting has the home side as favourites and we would not quibble with that. here is my advice for a bet:
- USA to win, best-priced @ 8/11 with SkyBet or Paddy Power.
- I predict a correct score of ‘USA 16 – 12 Europe’ which is currently biggest odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes. If that price evaporates then 12/1 is readily available with Bet365, Betfred or BetVictor.
- Are you American? Then place these bets with BetOnline or click here for best online sportsbooks for Americans.