The 2016 Ryder Cup likely to go the way of Team USA according to latest odds
Darren Clarke has confirmed his three wildcard picks for Hazeltine although the bookies aren’t convinced that Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters will help Europe win a fourth successive Ryder Cup.
Bet365 go as big as 15/8 that the Europeans triumph across the pond, with the holders having a team that contains no less than six rookies although Clarke will be hoping to repeat the Miracle of Medinah against an American side who might be feeling the pressure to avoid another defeat.
William Hill have 8/13 about a Team USA win, with the dozen players in the team all household names and that includes Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.
Davis Love III is the man captaining the Americans and he famously steered them to the verge of victory in Medinah before Europe came storming back on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Team USA were roundly beaten when Tom Watson took charge two years ago, with Europe winning by five points although this looks a tough assignment for the visitors with Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters making their Ryder Cup bow.
Clarke explained the decision-making behind selecting Westwood, Kaymer and Pieters, with the latter’s recent form leading him to make the cut.
“To get it down to those three has certainly been very difficult” said Clarke. “As I’ve spoken all along with the qualification process and how the team was shaping up, I was going to look towards experience and in Lee and Martin I have two former world number ones.
“With Lee and Martin they were two pretty obvious choices for me. The last one was very difficult, I’m not going to sit here and say otherwise. I had a few different people in my mind, like Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald.
“Then it came down to the choice between Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters. That was an incredibly difficult decision and I have not slept an awful lot.. and having to phone Russell was one of the toughest phone calls I have ever had to make.”