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mickleson-ryder-cup-team-usaStanding in the wake of the PGA Championship and staring forward intensely towards the Barclays and the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup, it’s hard to imagine that we are just a month away from one of the most celebrated match play competitions in the history of golf. The 40th Ryder Cup is almost here and it will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26 to September 28th, 2014.  This preview includes odds to both win the matches as well as odds to lift the trophy come tournament end. The odds in question are provided by Sportingbet. By selecting our Sportingbet link and signing up a new account, you will be rewarded with up to $150 in free bets.

Ryder Cup Winner Betting Odds from Sportingbet

Europe to win matches @ 1.57

USA to win matches @ 2.75

Matches end in a tie @ 11.00

This wager has nothing to do with what side eventually takes home the trophy, but simply which side, if either, comes out on top during the 2014 matches. The European squad is the favorite and they get that edge from both roster and history. Their roster advantage is obvious, but does go well beyond the fact that they will have Rory McIlroy at their disposal while Tiger Woods is painfully absent for the American side. Not that Tiger was ever a very impactful player in this format (his 13-14-2 record leaves little to write home about), but just having him on the team is a confidence booster for the rest of the American squad. Including Rory, the Europeans will almost certainly have three other players on their team that currently grace a top five spot in the World Golf Rankings. Those players would be Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, and a red hot Sergio Garcia. The Americans, while still putting together a solid team, will not have a player ranked better than 6th in the world. Strange as it may seem, that man is Jim Furyk and he’ll be leading the Americans into Scotland this year. Coming up just behind him are Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson and 6th and 7th in the world.

Lift the Trophy Odds

Europe lifts the trophy @ 1.4

USA lifts the trophy @ 2.75

This Ryder Cup bet is a little different as it takes away the opportunity for a tie result. The rule for the actual cup is that, in the event the matches end in a tie, the previous winner will retain the cup. Since Europe won the last Ryder Cup in 2012 at Medinah Country Club, they are even more heavily favored in this market.

2014 Ryder Cup Europe & USA Points Leader Boards

For this year’s Ryder Cup both the European and the American teams have decided to use the same team selection methods. The top nine players on each side’s points leader board will get an automatic spot in the Ryder Cup. The last three players to be added to each side will be done so through captain’s selections. The points race is over for team USA and the nine names you see below will play in Scotland next month. The European side still has some golf to play before their standings are finalized. The last day to earn points for them will be the 31st of August. The names under the European side you see below are of the nine players that would be automatically added to the team if the points race ended today.

American Side 

  • Bubba Watson
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Jim Furyk
  • Jimmy Walker
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Patrick Reed
  • Zach Johnson
European Side 

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Victor Dubuisson
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Justin Rose
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Thomas Bjorn
  • Jamie Donaldson
  • Graeme McDowell

 

American Ryder Cup Captains Selections

There have been more than a few American Ryder Cup Captains in past years that have simply shunned the task of making these heartbreaking decisions. They have opted to simply pick the next two or three players in the points leader board depending on the selection structure that year. Tom Watson doesn’t appear to be on board with this method so there are more than a few names that come up as possible picks.

  • Tiger Woods – Unfortunately Tiger Woods will not be a captain’s selection this year. He made an easy decision even easier for Watson when he gracefully bowed out of contention after the PGA Championship in order to nurse his ailing back over the winter.
  • Jason Dufner – Jason Dufner might be a troublesome pick for Watson as he is dealing with injury issues of his own right now. Dufner was forced to withdraw from the PGA Championship with a neck injury after he only completed a portion of his first round.
  • Ryan Moore – Moore finished up in eleventh place in the USA’s Ryder Cup points standings and he’s been piling up a boat full good finishes in 2014. He hasn’t missed a cut in two months and he has five top twenty finishes in his last seven starts.
  • Brendon Todd - Todd finished in twelfth place in the standings and won the Byron Nelson Championship in 2014. His stats slid a bit in July and August, but after winning in May he put up three top ten finishes as well as a top twenty at the US Open.
  • Keegan Bradley – Bradley was one of two players to recently visit Gleneagles with captain Tom Watson which tells us he’s very much top of mind for a captain’s selection. Keegan hasn’t exactly been on top of his game the last couple of seasons, but he’s shown some flashes of brilliance in important events. After missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National in June, he picked up a fourth place finish at the Greenbrier and then a top twenty at the Open Championship.

 

European Ryder Cup Captain’s Selections

This one is a bit tougher as the Europeans have not completed their points race, but there is some speculation to be made.

  • Luke Donald – Donald has fallen quite far since he once graced the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings and his recent finishes show a disturbing trend littered with mid range finishes and missed cuts. Donald has been fighting a hand injury for years now, but if he tells McGinley he’s feeling healthy, he’d be tough to pass up.
  • Francesco Molinari - Molinari doesn’t have a lot of top finishes, but he is relentlessly consistent and always around for the weekend in nearly every tournament he plays. He hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour in 2013 or 2014 and he’s only missed three cuts in the last two years on the European Tour.
  • Lee Westwood - Lee Westwood is a great veteran pick and he’s even showed some good form as of late. He contended at both the Masters and the PGA Championship this year finishing up with a 7th and a T15th place finish. When it comes to showing up in big events, there are few better than Lee Westwood.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez - Jimenez is not only the perfect veteran pick for a European Ryder Cup squad, but he’s also the perfect emotional stabilizer for the team. The laid back, cigar smoking envy of all golfers finished fourth at the Masters this year, but unfortunately missed the cut in the rest of the 2014 majors. Don’t be surprised to see this staple of European golf wearing a blue uniform in September.

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