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2018 Ryder Cup betting tips: 5 best bets at Le Golf National

Jon Wilde 25 Sep 2018
  • Europe bid to regain the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National from September 28-30
  • We've picked out our five best bets from the outright markets available
Ryder Cup captains Jim Furyk (USA, left) and Thomas Bjorn (Europe, right) pose with the Ryder Cup trophy (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The 2018 Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National near Paris from September 28-30 and we have picked out the five best bets available on the various markets being offered by the bookmakers.

2018 Ryder Cup Winner

After a two-decade era of European dominance, the time looks to have arrived for the Americans to rule the roost again in the Ryder Cup and end their 25-year wait for back-to-back victories.

Two years ago at Hazeltine, just days after the death of American golf legend Arnold Palmer, the United States team captained by Davis Love III won back the trophy as their combined quality and experience proved too much for a European side that contained six rookies.

Since then, the USA have only got stronger. Six of the eight Major tournaments in 2017 and 2018 have been won by members of the Ryder Cup team they will field in France with Brooks Koepka claiming three and Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed one each.

Plus, of course, they have a rejuvenated Tiger Woods fresh from his return to the victory rostrum at the Tour Championship combined with the valuable on-course leadership that Phil Mickelson will also offer to captain Jim Furyk and his team of assistants.

At the other end of the scale, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau join 2017 US PGA champion Thomas as the three debutants in the American team, compared to the six who automatically made Thomas Bjorn’s line-up – the same number that simply proved too many at Hazeltine.

Home advantage will make life easier for the Europeans, but this is an American team that has everything you could wish for and they may well win by a quite a handsome margin too – 16-12 appeals as a correct score bet at 14/1 with betway.

Top Combined Points-Scorer

Two years ago, we successfully tipped Patrick Reed to be the top USA points-scorer at odds of 15/2 in our Ryder Cup betting tips – and this time we are backing him to go the whole hog and be the outright star of the show.

Reed was ultimately outscored by Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters at Hazeltine, but he has been America’s top gun at both of the last two Ryder Cups and there appears to be no reason why things should be much different this time.

His country’s equivalent of Ian Poulter in terms of the passion he displays for this event, Reed lives for the Ryder Cup but his individual career has also reached a new level in 2018 for he is the reigning Masters champion after leading at Augusta from the halfway stage.

The 28-year-old Texan’s patriotic determination means he will be among the first names on the teamsheet for every session and that is a vital asset for this bet – in 2016, Reed and Jordan Spieth were the only Americans who played in all five matches they could have contested.

Quite simply, Reed looks a huge price in this market and the bookmakers are paying ¼ odds the first four for each-way bets.

Patrick Reed of the United States during a Ryder Cup press conference (Getty Images)

Top USA points-scorer

Firstly, of course, we should say that if we are backing Reed to be the top overall points-scorer, that means he has to be recommended in the American-only market as well. You can get 10/1 at BetFred with each-way terms of ¼ odds the first three.

But you may want to spread your options and on current form, who better to have on your side than a revitalised Tiger Woods?

Plenty has been said about the former world No 1 and his Ryder Cup record, not least that he is “not a team player”. Maybe a decade or so ago there may have been a modicum of truth in that, but this is now an older, wiser Woods with a greater perspective on life after everything he has been through in the last few years.

He claimed an emotional triumph at the Tour Championship last weekend to show he is truly back as a formidable force at the top level and he will be difficult for Furyk – a long-time friend of his – to leave out of any session.

A slight worry is that Woods may be asked to ‘babysit’ one of the rookies such as Bryson DeChambeau in the fourballs and foursomes, but his Ryder Cup singles record is superb for he is unbeaten since his debut in 1997.

Top European points-scorer

Let’s adopt the same logic as we used for Reed and go for the recent world No 1 and new FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose to repeat his success in this market of 2014.

Rose has played in every session of the last three Ryder Cups. He formed a terrific partnership with Henrik Stenson which could be renewed in Paris, although the Swede’s injury concerns mean they are unlikely to play every match together.

But whoever he is paired with, Rose’s stature means he is virtually undroppable for Thomas Bjorn and it will be a shock if he rested at any time during the event.

The same applies to Rory McIlroy who, like Rose, is a pillar of the European team with fewer doubts surrounding him than some of the others, for whom there are question marks about form, experience or fitness.

However, McIlroy does not have as impressive a Ryder Cup record as Rose and at the prices available, the Englishman has to be the call.

There are six to choose from here and we are happy to take on favourite Jon Rahm with the man who beat a star-studded list of contenders to lift the famous Claret Jug this summer.

Francesco Molinari displayed the perfect temperament in the final round of the Open to produce par golf with a couple of timely birdies and claim his first Major title.

It’s exactly that sort of calmness under the most intense pressure that will stand him in good stead this week – and, let’s not forget, this is not Molinari’s first Ryder Cup but his third after he played on the winning European teams in 2010 and 2012.

In terms of the opposition in this market, Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen are newcomers to the event and it remains to be seen how they cope with the intensity.

Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, had to rely on captain’s picks from Thomas Bjorn and there are doubts about their form and, in the Swede’s case, his capability to play a full part due to an elbow injury.

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2018 Ryder Cup betting tips: 5 best bets at Le Golf National

The 2018 Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National near Paris from September 28-30 and we have picked out the five best bets available on the various markets being offered by the bookmakers.

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