|Outright: USA to Win||4/5||Coral|
|Top European Points: Rory McIlroy||5/1||Ladbrokes|
Paris provides the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup as the sport’s biggest and best descend on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National, Guyancourt, taking a flood of spectators with them. This will be the 42nd instalment of the world-famous meet and it promises to be one of the most exciting yet.
We tee off for three days of enthralling golf on Friday 28th September with a champion crowned on Sunday. Armchair fans are truly spoilt with Sky Sports screening every swing live as Team USA captain Jim Furyk aims to defend the title won by Davis Love III in Minnesota.
The Americans don’t have a great record in this tournament on European soil. That certainly won’t be lost on opposing captain Thomas Bjorn who has high hopes of wrestling the cup back, placing it in European care for the first time since 2014 when they handed out a convincing 16 ½ - 11 ½ defeat to the Americans at the spiritual home of golf, Scotland.
An early look at some of the newer bookies show odds compilers side with repeat over revenge and they have thrown their weight behind USA, chalking the visitors up as strong favourites. There’s a difference of opinion in the market, which will catch the attention of value hunters, but the 4/5 available at Coral goes as the general feeling amongst major bookmakers.
Keen to oppose? Those looking to have their stake money down on Bjorn and the boys will be delighted to see plenty of 888Sport’s 6/5 going around. The draw has been written off, with Ladbrokes traders so confident we won’t have to suffer a share they’re sending out a chunky 12/1.
There’s more than one way to profit from the occasion, of course, and backers may prefer to abandon the outright betting and, instead, go in search of bigger odds in the specials. There are a number of options available, including correct score, top American player, top European, handicap, top Englishman and even race to the first full point.
With so much choice it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all but there are a couple of bets I think will keep punters on the right track and give them an interest throughout the weekend.
As mentioned, USA are defending champions but it’s worth remembering Europe have claimed seven of the last 10 renewals and no less than six of the last eight. That’s about as close to dominating as you could hope to find and there are some big scores in that list, including the memorable 18.5 – 9.5 double-header of 2004 and 2006.
The smart move could be in playing it safe, sticking with the numbers and backing Europe. On paper this is a real 50/50 so, with that in mind, you’ve got to have the better price in your bag.
If you’re with us on that one, it’ll be worth pushing our luck a bit further and predicting the man who will lead Team Europe to glory. The top European points scorer is a competitive market with Justin Rose and Rory McIlory battling for supremacy at the top of the charts, but the latter should come out on top when the final cards are handed in.
Both men arrive in great form, but Rose’s success will surely be taking its toll on his body. Rory appears to be back to his old self, enjoying golf, performing well and he has been knocking on the door for quite some time. We all know he has it in him to star on the big stage and, with 5/1 at Ladbrokes, supporters won’t be far off.