Golf Betting – Europe’s Cup Should Be Full To The Brim

September 27, 2010 | In: Articles

I don’t know whether I should be pleased or disappointed to discover I’m at one with the bookmakers after poring over the stats surrounding the Ryder Cup, which starts this week in South Wales. After weighing up the pros and cons of the respective teams, the only conclusion I can draw is that Europe will regain the trophy at Celtic Manor (available at 4/6 in several places).

Home advantage should never be underestimated in the Ryder Cup. Since the event was opened up to the rest of Europe, host teams have won 10 out of 15 competitions and only once in the last 13 years have the visiting side managed to return across the Atlantic with the trophy among their cabin luggage. But why should the USA team be as big as 9/5 (extrabet) when they have four out of the world’s top five among their number? Jim Furyk’s win at the Tour Championship last week has now put him ahead of Germany’s Martin Kaymer in the money-list and he joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker in that top five, with Lee Westwood Europe’s only representative. But you have to ask yourself – how many of those are actually in form going into the Ryder Cup? We all know about Tiger’s woes but great rival Mickelson has been unable to take advantage and grab Woods’ number one spot in the rankings, despite a string of opportunities. I have serious reservations about Stricker outside the States and if you take those three out of the equation, Corey Pavin’s team is woefully short of experience.

Europe, of course, also have six Ryder Cup rookies but they include British Open third Rory McIlroy, who won his first tournament on the US Tour earlier this year, US PGA champion Martin Kaymer, last year’s World Matchplay champion Ross Fisher and both Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, who are surely a ready-made team for the fourballs and foursomes. Skybet will also lay you 7/2 that both brothers win their single matches. I’ve already counted well over 80 individual markets on the Ryder Cup so far, and that’s before the draw is made, so everyone should be able to get involved at whatever level they require. I’m quite interested in the correct score market with Ladbrokes offering 12/1 about a 15.5 – 12.5 win for the Europeans. Martin Kaymer could be worth a bet to be Europe’s top points scorer at bwin’s 7/1, while I like the general 10/1 about Dustin Johnson finishing as the most successful American.

* Europe to win Ryder Cup @ a general 4/6
* Europe to win 15.5 – 12.5 @ 12/1 with Ladbrokes
* Martin Kaymer to be Europe’s top points scorer @ 7/1 with bwin
* Dustin Johnson to be America’s top points scorer @ a general 10/1

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