Brooks looks Ryder Cup points value


You won’t find a golf pundit on either side of the Atlantic that thinks the USA team shouldn’t be favourites to lift the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

Even European captain Thomas Bjorn has admitted that the American line-up is “one of the strongest of all time” ahead of the showdown in Paris this week.

Jim Furyk’s team are 20/27 to win the 2018 match and 5/8 to retain the trophy, which they will do if the match ends in a tie.

But perhaps the better bet is for Europe to win (27/20), especially when you consider their opponents’ run of form on European soil.

The US team have not won a match outside of American since 1993 and Europe have won six of the last eight meetings.

If you feel the match itself is too difficult to call, then it’s well worth checking out the individual betting markets ahead of Friday’s opening tee-shot.

Of all the big names on the US team, two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka is the one that stands out as an in-form player to watch at Le Golf National.

Koepka, who won two Majors this year, has not finished outside the top-25 in the four events he’s played since lifting the US PGA title. The world number three also impressed two years ago, winning three of his four matches, and look like a solid bet to be USA top points scorer at 11/1.

With the current form of Tiger Woods, the 14-time Major winner is a tempting 13/5 to finish the match as the ’Top Wildcard’ across both teams.

With the vast majority of the 80,000 crowd cheering on the hosts, Europe will not be overawed by the task in hand and won’t go down without a fight. A Europe win by 1-3 points can be backed at 7/2.

Perhaps not surprisingly, US-based duo Rory McIlroy (7/2) and Justin Rose (9/2) are the top two in the ’Top Europe Points Scorer’ market, but there is better value lower down the list.

Spain’s Jon Rahm may be a rookie, but his impressive displays on the PGA Tour make him a tempting option at 9/1, while Henrik Stenson – who has lost just two of his 16 Ryder Cup matches – is available at 10/1.

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