Ryder Cup 2018
Sep 14th, 2018
Bookmakers Make USA Favourites For 2018 Ryder Cup
Team USA are the odds-on favourites at -110 with the bookmakers to win the 2018 Ryder Cup later this month at Le Golf National in Paris, France. The defending champions, who will be captained by Jim Furyk, are bidding to win in Europe for the first time since 1993.
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson have all qualified through the points table for the Ryder Cup. Furyk has the tough task of deciding who he chooses as his wild card picks with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in contention, two players who have played in this tournament since the 90s.
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It has been a good year for the American players in the major championships. Reed broke his maiden in the big events back in April when he claimed the Green Jacket at the US Masters. The big hitter from Texas was also fourth in the US Open in what has been the best season of his career so far.
If there is one player who has excelled in the majors in 2018, though, it is Koepka, the winner of the US Open and US PGA Championship. Furyk is likely to look to the three-time major winner as a player he will use frequently across the opening two days in the four-balls and foursomes to help his side lift the trophy where they are -150 in the golf betting for the event.
Five Rookies Qualify For European Team
Five rookies have qualified into Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup team this year through the qualification processed use in Europe. Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen are all set to make their debuts after qualifying either through the Race to Dubai List or the World Points List in 2018.
The five debutants will be joined by Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy who have also already booked their spots in the European squads. Bjorn will then have to choose from the likes of Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia for his wildcard picks to bring his team up 12.