Ryder Cup: Europe awaits the final countdown…

Friday sees the start of the greatest biennial sporting event in the world, the Ryder Cup.

The Albatross course at Le Golf National just outside Paris will host the event, with the US team defending the crown they won so decisively two years ago at Hazeltine.

The Americans are the favourites, and it’s easy to see why. Aside from the 17-11 win last time out, they hold three of the four majors and only one of their 12-man team is ranked outside the world top 20 – Lefty at 25!

The bookies suggest a tight win for the visitors – but we at Lap of the Odds have never been fans of following the herd.

It’s important to remember that the US haven’t won in Europe since 1993, that’s 25 years. I mean, Freddie Mercury was number one in France!

And then there’s the course. Le Golf National has hosted the French Open for a number of years and the European players will all have played here. In fact Alex Noren won in the summer and Tommy Fleetwood the year before. Only Justin Thomas of the US team played the French Open this year, while Bubba Watson and Brooks Koepka have played before, both missing the cut. It’s a quirky course, and intimate knowledge could be key.

Finally, there’s form. Now it’s true Tiger has just won the Tour Championship, but four of the bottom five in that tournament were American Ryder Cup players.

We’re going to take a (probably patriotic) punt on the European team, and William Hill offers 4/1 that Europe will win by 1-3 points.

Recommendation: Europe to win Ryder Cup by 1-3 points, 1 pt, at 4/1, William Hill 

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