On Friday 30th September 2016, the 41st Ryder Cup tees off at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. The Bi annual golfing spectacle is one of the highlights in the golfing world and the 3 day Match Play golfing extravaganza sees Europe battle it out with the USA for one of the sports ultimate prizes.
Ryder Cup Betting Preview – match play explained
First and foremost here’s a quick guide as to how the Ryder Cup works. Each and every hole played in the Ryder Cup is decided on the the match play rules and format. This means that each hole is decided upon as a stand alone score rather than a complete score at the end of the round, which is known as stroke play. Te winner of each match scores a point for their respective teams and if a match is tied half a point is awarded to each team.
To win this years Ryder Cup, Europe must achieve a score of 14 out of a possible 28 to retain the trophy whist the USA must reach 14.5 for victory.
This years Ryder cup format and timetable is as follows:
- Friday 30th September – 4 four some (alternate shot) matches and 4 four ball (better ball) matches
- Saturday 1st October – 4 foursome matches and 4 four ball matches
- Sunday 2nd October – 12 Single matches
We’ll begin with current Ryder Cup holders Europe, captained by the Northern Irish veteran Darren Clarke. The European team come with bags of experience and a huge selection of household names to make sure the trophy doesnt get lost across the pond. With a 6 rookies making their Ryder cup debut theres a confident blend of youthful fearlessness and experienced level headedness.
The USA team, looking to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 have certainly decided that experience is key for this years competition. Captain Davis Love has gone with only 2 debutantes and will be hoping the likes of Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson will lead the way for the stars and stripes.
Ryder Cup Teams In Full
Europe: Captain Darren Clarke
Rory McIlroy NIR, Danny Willett ENG, Henrik Stenson SWE, Chris Wood ENG, Sergio Garcia ESP, Rafael Cabrera-Bello ESP, Justin Rose ENG, Andy Sullivan ENG, Matthew Fitzpatrick ENG, Thomas Pieters BEL, Martin Kaymer GER, Lee Westwood ENG.
USA: Captain Davis Love III
Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Moore.
After several years of dissapointment the PGA of America established a Ryder Cup task force, designed to finally end the drought and take home the coverted trophy. The task force made up of Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson amongst others created a system considering a number of factors for Davis Love to first be chosen as captain and secondly how the team is picked.
The Europeans have had several years of Ryder Cup glory. Points were awarded to create the European Ryder cup list and the players finishing highest in several tournaments helped create the final team members. Rory McIlroy came top of the list followed by Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson.
Who to watch & Where to bet.
Ryder Cup betting with CoralThe coral free bet is a simple bet £5 and get four £5 free bets. All golf markets are covered with the free bet just make sure you bet at odds of 1.5 or higher.
When it comes to betting on golf we think Coral are hard to beat. With excellent odds and a whole host of enhanced offers, betting on the Ryder Cup will be every bit as exciting as the competition itself. Coral are one of very few bookmakers to offer Golf Acca Insurance. This means that if you place a four fold (2/3 ball) accumulator bet and one selection loses, you can get your money back as a free bet.
Current odds have the USA at 4/7 to win and Europe at 15/8, whilst the Tie is 10/1; which might be a worthwhile bet at 10/1!
Some of the betting highlights for include:
Europe – Day 1 fewer than 2.5 points 4/1
Top combined points scorer – Dustin Johnson 5/1
Top Wildcard – Martin Kaymer 7/4
Top debutant – Rafael Cabrera Bello 6/1
Other betting factors
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