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  • on 25.09.2012
  • at 02:48 PM
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Europeans the Ryder Cup value at 7/4 | Ryder Cup 2012 Tips and Preview

The 39th Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois, USA and despite Europe winning 4 of the last 5 renewals, the home side come into this year’s event as red-hot favourites.

Here we take an in-depth look at each team and pick out a few selections which we see as value for the big event.

The Americans

USA Captain Davis Love named Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson as his wildcards, opting to go for a mix of experience and youth.

And with a number of other in-form players such as Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner making up the 12-man team, the Americans look incredibly strong one on paper, hence the reason the bookies are looking to take on the Europeans with just a few days to go.

That said, none of this US side actually have a winning Ryder Cup record and while they do have four players making their Ryder Cup debut, it does mean that two-thirds of their team come into this event with a negative RC record.

USA Team – Captain: Davis Love III
1 Tiger Woods
2 Bubba Watson
3 Jason Dufner
4 Keegan Bradley
5 Webb Simpson
6 Zach Johnson
7 Matt Kuchar
8 Phil Mickelson
9 Dustin Johnson
10 Brandt Snedeker
11 Jim Furyk
12 Steve Stricker

The Europeans

Jose Maria Olazabal has 4 of the world’s top 5 players at his disposal, including world number one Rory McIlroy. Not only that but the European team has a host of golfers with an excellent Match Play (and most importantly, Ryder Cup) record.

Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter are two players that seem to revel in the Ryder Cup atmosphere and really up their game for this event. Both have a great Ryder Cup record and they are priced at around 7/1 to top score for the Europeans.

European Team – Captain: Jose Maria Olazabal
1 Rory McIlroy
2 Justin Rose
3 Paul Lawrie
4 Graeme McDowell
5 Francesco Molinari
6 Luke Donald
7 Lee Westwood
8 Sergio Garcia
9 Peter Hanson
10 Martin Kaymer
11 Ian Poulter
12 Nicolas Colsaerts

The Course

Course 3 at Medinah is notoriously long, playing at around 7,650 yards, but both teams have big, accurate hitters in their ranks and so we don’t see an obvious advantage there.

The Medinah Country Club has previously hosted the US Open as well as the USPGA Championship and will provide the perfect backdrop for the Ryder Cup; and whilst the Americans will have home advantage and the crowd behind them, the course layout doesn’t seem to particularly favour either side too much.

The Betting

Outright
USA – 8/11 (Sporting Bet)
Europe – 7/4 (Victor Chandler)
Tie – 11/1 (Bet365)

Handicap
USA -1.5 – Evs (Paddy Power)
Europe +1.5 – 8/11 (Paddy Power)

To Lift The Trophy
USA – 8/11 (Paddy Power)
Europe – 11/8 (Victor Chandler)

Top European Points Scorer
5/1 McIlroy; 6/1 Donald; 7/1 Garcia, Westwood, McDowell, Poulter, Rose; 18/1 Colsaerts; 20/1 Molinari, Kaymer; 22/1 Hansen; 25/1 Lawrie (all odds from Paddy Power)

Top USA Points Scorer
5/1 Woods; 8/1 Stricker; 9/1 Dustin Johnson, Mickelson; 10/1 Furyk, Snedeker; 11/1 Simpson, Kuchar, Watson, Bradley, Dufner; 12/1 Zach Johnson (all odds from Paddy Power)

Top Deputant
11/4 Simpson; 3/1 Dufner; 10/3 Bradley, Snedeker; 5/1 Colsaerts (all odds from Victor Chandler)

Top Wildcard
11/4 Stricker; 7/2 Dustin Johnson, Poulter, Furyk; 5/1 Snedeker; 7/1 Colsaerts (all odds from Victor Chandler)

The Offers

Victor Chandler – Place a bet on any Fourball or Foursome and if the match is tied Victor Chandler will refund your stake

Paddy Power – Place a single bet on any Ryder Cup match, and if your selection is leading through 12 holes but fails to win, Paddy Power will refund your stake.

Ladbrokes – If Tiger Woods Top scores for the USA, Ladbrokes will refund all losing bets on this market. Same goes for Rory McIlroy for the Europeans.

Coral – Back a player to be top Team or Overall Point scorer, and if they score maximum (5) points Coral will double the odds.

The Selections

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