Will it be another ‘war on the shore’ or a Ryder Cup bore?…
In the words of Ron Burgundy, the Ryder Cup is ‘a pretty big deal’ – but there have been times in the past where it hasn’t always been so, in fact at one time they were even considering scrapping the entire event, as sponsors ran away faster than a Jamaican bobsleigh team. Thankfully forand the punters, the event is now going from strength to strength, with millions watching it on television, and millions more being bet on the event. With this year’s cup at the Medinah Country Club in the American state of Illinois expected to see over £100 million staked on it over the 3 days by gamblers worldwide, is your place to come and bet on the action, both live and pre match.
For many a sports fan out there, the idea that Golf could be an ‘exciting spectator sport’ is an oxymoron, but the Ryder Cup turns level headed mundane gentleman wearing tweed trousers into raucous whooping fist pumpers celebrating every point as if it was life or death. A team of American’s (never shy in the patriotism stakes) take on a team of European’s, brought together by a sense of collective provide alongside their abhorrence of that same American partisanship. Each team consists of 12 members, who in turn are selected based on their rankings throughout the past season plus a selection of wildcards (4 for the States, 2 for Europe) who are chosen by the team captains. The match is played over 3 days, and compromises of 8 foursomes, 8 fourballs and 12 singles and can get very animated, type ‘the war on the shore’ into a search engine if you need proof.
The last 3 Ryder Cups have been won by the hosts and with the American fans whooping their team on this year, they are understandable favourites at 1.75, with Europe lagging behind at 2.45 and an unlikely draw at 12.00. If the market is which nation wins the trophy (the holders Europe keep the Ryder Cup if a draw is the result), the American’s stay at 1.75 whilst the Europeans drop to 2.05. Europe have been the dominant team in recent years having won 6 of the last 8 and have a squad packed with experience, with only 1 rookie in their squad – and he is no mug as he is the World Matchplay Championship in Nicolas Colsaerts, who can be backed at 35.00 to be the top overall point scorer. Despite his less than imperious Ryder Cup record (won 13, lost 14 and halved 2) Tiger Woods is favourite at 9.00 to be the top point scorer, whilst World Number 1 and Fedex Cup runner up Rory McIlroy is 2nd favourite at 10.50, an interesting price as the long, soft course at Medinah is likely to suit the boy wonder’s game and he is in top form. Both Ian Poulter and Luke Donald have excellent Ryder Cup records (both have won 8 from 11), with Donald backable at 12.00 and Poulter at 15.00. Alongside McIlroy, the man probably in the best form is American wildcard Brandt Snedeker who recently won the Tour Championship and can be backed at 30.00 to be top point scorer.
Alongside the traditional match odds, Unibet are offering some great head to heads. The faded master in Tiger Woods is widely predicted to face up against the new pretender to his throne Rory McIlroy on the singles this Sunday, but Woods is tipped to score more Ryder Cup points that McIlroy in the whole competition at 1.75, with McIlroy at 2.00. As mentioned, the USA have plenty of rookie’s in their ranks and Unibet cannot split Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson at 3.50 to be top rookie point scorer. There are 4 Englishman in the European team, more than any other country and world number 3 Luke Donald is favourite to score more than any Englishman at 3.25. However, there is a case to be made for any of the other 3 at 3.75 – Poulter has a wonderful Ryder Cup record, Lee Westwood is an extremely experienced campaigner (with 19 points from 33 matches) and Justin Rose recently finished 2nd in 1 of the most competitive tournaments in world golf last week.
So sit back and enjoy the battle at Unibet – both live and pre match, as the world’s best prove that golf is not just a boring game for old men in stupid trousers…for a few days at least.