Ryder Cup: Day 1 Fourballs – Rose/Rahm to star

The Ryder Cup is almost upon us, and the teams have been announced for the opening fourballs on Friday morning.

The first match sees Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau from the US take on the European pairing of Justin Rose and Jon Rahm. Regular readers of this blog will know we’re keen on Rahm, and the addition of rock steady Rose makes this a potent partnership. We’ll take them to beat their American rivals.

The second match sees world no. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler take on Rory McIlroy and rookie Thorbjorn Olesen. We think the Americans will be too strong on this occasion, and we’ll put these two results together as a double.

The third game looks like being a victory for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas over Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatten, but the price is too short. And the final game between Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed against Francisco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood looks too close to call.

This brings us to another bet – the top points scorer for the US team.

This is often a tough call, after all not many would have gone for Patrick Reed last time in America’s 17-11 victory at Hazeltine.

The key seems to me to try and find players who will play five matches and who are likely to form strong partnerships.

DJ is the favourite in this category, and he is likely to play five games. Woods was simply amazing last weekend, but surely his body can’t take the five rounds.

JT and Spieth are partnered again, but Speith is not in the form of two years ago.

Koepka has a chance to play five games, but is paired with a rookie. For me, the value lies in Rickie Fowler.

Rickie is partnered with DJ but is twice the price. He won his singles match in Hazeltine, beating Rose. Maybe this is his year.

Recommendations:

Rose/Rahm to beat Koepka/Finau and DJ/Fowler to beat McIlroy/Olesen as a double, 1 pt, at approximately 5/2, widely available 

Fowler to be top points scorer for the US, 1 pt, at 10/1, Ladbrokes 

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