The Solheim Cup is oft described as the women’s Ryder Cup and three days of drama are guaranteed at the same Gleneagles course that offered the European men victory in 2014.
Unlike the men’s game, this contest lacks many of the world’s best, with Korea, Japan and Thailand now dominant forces, but old rivalries are sure to make for compelling viewing.
The US team are favourites on the book, with 5 players in the world’s top 20 compared to just one European, and the USA’s lowest ranked player is still ranked higher that half the home team. But home advantage matters a lot, and this could be much closer than the rankings suggest.
The bet of the week is rookie sensation Bronte Law being the top European points scorer. Even though a rookie, she is the second highest ranked European behind only Carlota Ciganda. She has won in the US in this breakthrough season and scored maximum points in the 2016 Curtis Cup, demonstrating her match play credentials.
She should get plenty of work, and could pair with Charley Hull or Georgia Hall in what would be a strong pairing. She looks significantly overpriced.
On the US side of the ball it is worth siding with the obvious. Big hitting Lexi Thompson is world ranked 3, being the best player on display this week. Her big hitting makes her a tough match play opponent and she looks likely to play all 5 sessions. If the US do dominate, then her likely workload should ensure a strong chance of topping the numbers.
Bronte Law, Top European points scorer, 1pt win, 12/1 Skybet
Lexi Thompson, Top US points scorer, 1pt win, 9/2 generally available
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