Thomas Bjorn selects Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey as wildcards
The Ryder Cup is about to start and the European team might be outsiders although patriotic money is starting to come for Thomas Bjorn’s men.
Despite the American side looking very strong, Europe have now been trimmed to 5/4 by BetVictor, with Team USA potentially about to touch even money before the action starts.
Many punters have been alerted to the fact that the US team have a lousy record when it comes to competing in Europe and that home advantage could be massive for a European team who have so much course knowledge compared to their opposite numbers.
Europe are on home soil for the 2018 Ryder Cup and they’ve been able to select some experienced players as wildcard picks for the September clash in Paris, although the bookies still have them as outsiders to win the competition.
Bet365 go 11/8 that Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup after losing convincingly two years ago, with Thomas Bjorn unsurprisingly choosing players who have a wealth of experience when it comes to these type of showdowns.
Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey have all been drafted into the team, with Bjorn conscious of the fact that there are already five rookies in the team and that experience from this quartet is badly needed.
While Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy have both competed in four Ryder Cups apiece, there are Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen who have no experience of playing in this tournament and it could be a baptism of fire.
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a stronger US team than the one gracing Le Golf National, with BetVictor offering 5/6 that Jim Furyk’s side win the tournament and it should be noted that this team won 17-11 two years ago in Minnesota.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are the luxury wildcards that join players such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler in the team.
William Hill offer 12/1 that the Ryder Cup ends in a draw which would see Team USA retain the trophy, with Rory McIlroy trading as the 5/1 favourite to be top-scoring European player.
All odds were correct at time of posting.