2016 Ryder Cup preview and tips
Can Europe win at Hazeltine with six rookies in Darren Clarke’s side?
How to explain the recent European dominance of the Ryder Cup? The golfers in blue have won six of the past eight renewals despite boasting an inferior squad of players than their American counterparts.
Many suggest that a stronger team spirit regularly helps Europe to victory and that was in evidence four years ago when Jose Maria Olazabal’s team performed the Miracle of Medinah to claimed the unlikeliest of victories despite trailing heavily going into the Sunday singles.
However, the 2016 Ryder Cup represents a very stiff challenge for Europe. Ideally, captain Darren Clarke would have preferred not to be taking six rookies to Hazeltine, although the form of Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick means they’re thrown into the lion’s den.
Europe the outsiders to make it four in a row
Paddy Power offer a best price 2/1 that Europe win for the fourth consecutive occasion, although the US have recalled Davis Love III as captain and there’s no denying that the 52-year-old can get the best out of his talented squad of players for this tournament.
Four years ago, Love got most of his pairings right and he could do little about the final day’s play after the men in red had gotten themselves into a commanding 10-6 lead thanks to some superb performances from the likes of Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson.
While that defeat has been sandwiched by two more losses to the Europeans, the unfamiliar territory and the passionate home support in both instances can more readily explain reverses in Scotland and Wales away.
It’s vital for the States to start getting things right and Love has a happy camp of players, with Ryan Moore the final wildcard to join a star-studded group of players who are ready to serve up some sizzling golf in Minnesota.
They’ll also be charged by the recent passing of Arnold Palmer which will add extra emotion to a sporting contest which is already a full-blooded affair, with the USA available at 8/13 (BetVictor ) to claim victory over the three days.
Could the Americans hand out a spanking?
Despite Tiger Woods’ absence from proceedings, the American team is seriously strong and they have just two rookies in the team. Moore joins Brooks Koepka as a newbie, with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed all boasting fine Ryder Cup records which has seen them average more than 50%.
Reed is America’s answer to Europe’s Ian Poulter and the feisty player is a 13/2 chance (William Hill ) to top score for his country, with the 26-year-old demanding his team-mates “bleed” for the cause at Hazeltine.
If the US enjoy a fast start to proceedings, they could enjoy a comfortable victory and Ladbrokes offer 11/1 about a 16-12 win in their favour. For the even more adventurous, you can get 25/1 (BetVictor ) about an 18-10 triumph and that would send the natives home happy. It would also be a fitting tribute to Arnold Palmer and his name is sure to be mentioned by Love in the build-up to the event.