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2016 Ryder Cup betting preview

2016 Ryder Cup betting preview

It’s the 41st Ryder Cup this weekend as the reigning champions Europe head to the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota for the showpiece event.
Europe have a terrific recent record in the competition having won eight of the last ten tournaments and Darren Clarke’s side are looking to achieve a record-breaking fourth straight win. Keep reading for our 2016 Ryder Cup betting preview.

Europe great value in Ryder Cup betting to make it four wins in a row

The European team has dominated the Ryder Cup over recent years, winning the last three tournaments. No Europe side has ever won four Ryder Cups in a row and captain Darren Clarke has an interesting mix of youth and experience this time.
There are no fewer than six rookies on the European team this year, although these include Masters champion Danny Willett, the talented Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and up-and-coming English star Matthew Fitzpatrick.
It’s worth remembering that there were three rookies in Paul McGinley’s side two years ago and they cruised to a comfortable victory. With old hands Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Olympic champion Justin Rose on hand to provide experience (they have competed in 25 Ryder Cups between them), it is an exciting side that heads to Minnesota.
Clarke is relaxed about taking half a dozen newcomers to the tournament. He said: “We have six first-timers on the team this year, but of those guys, one of them is a Masters champion and those guys play a lot of their golf over here now anyway. I know the Ryder Cup is a totally different animal altogether, but those guys are ready and they are prepared.
“They have spoken a lot to the vice captains and myself over this build-up into the tournament, and they know what to expect. The home support is going to be loud, it’s going to be vociferous and rightly so; that’s the way it should be. That’s what makes The Ryder Cup so special.
“They are all so keen to get out there and play and savour the whole atmosphere of the Ryder Cup. There’s a wonderful mixture of youth in there, as well. And from a European point of view, they are really looking forward to it. They are excited.”
Europe are the 19/10 outsiders but look terrific value at that price. Considering that no American reached the semis of this year’s WGC Matchplay (Europe boasted two semi-finalists) and the fact that many of the side have wide experience playing in the US, it could well be a record-breaking fourth straight win for the visitors.

US looking to stop the Ryder Cup rot

It has been eight years since the last Ryder Cup success and such was the scale of their defeat at Gleneagles that a root and branch review of their approach to the tournament was carried out. This has resulted in captain Davis Love being given four wildcard picks and the American team looks as strong as it has in years.
The in-form Ryan Moore was given the final wildcard after his excellent performance at the Tour Championship and he joins a line-up that includes excellent matchplay golfers Patrick Reed, JB Holmes and Brooks Koepka.
Perhaps the only surprise in the American team is the absence of Bubba Watson (he will be a vice-captain) and the inclusion of Rickie Fowler who has never won a Ryder Cup match in 8 attempts.
Despite not finalising his team until Sunday, Love is happy with the outcome of the Ryder Cup ‘task force’. He said: “We learned a lot this time, but we are very, very happy with the outcome. The 11 guys have been together for two-plus weeks working on who the last pick was going to be, and our team has really come together.
“But we have leaders that have already stepped up in past years, like Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, and Jordan Spieth has stepped up to be a great player but also a leader in the locker room. We are heavy on leadership and heavy on passion.
“We’ve just got to get out and play our game, I think is the only thing we have to do. But we’re excited about the 12 players, the six captains, the support team we have, and I don’t think we’ve ever been as pumped up and as organised and as together as a family as this group.”
In Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, the US team have plenty of Ryder Cup experience while they can also boast two of the world’s top five players in Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. A fourth consecutive defeat would be unthinkable and the USA are the 4/7 favourites.

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