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USA Looking Dominant
It’s going to be hard to bet against the USA with our Ryder Cup predictions because the team is shaping up nicely.
Despite playing away from home in Italy, USA will field an excellent team of golfing superstars, spearheaded by world number one Scottie Scheffler.
One of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour, despite his lack of recent wins, Scheffler leads the Ryder Cup rankings by some margin ahead of recent major winners Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman.
We think Harman isn’t an ideal player for the team because of his tendency to rub people the wrong way, but if he gets inside the head of the Europeans, it could work out well.
Brooks Koepka ranks fourth following an excellent year in the majors, and although his team dynamic will be awkward, his teammates should respect his unwavering talent.
We could also see Bryson DeChambeau in the team following his incredible 58 on the LIV Tour last week. He would need to be a captains’ pick, but he’s better than most available players.
Betting online markets have USA favored to win because of the second half of the squad. Currently, it’s occupied by the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Cameron Young, Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley.
All fine golfers in their own right, and although not overly used to playing in Europe, they’re tough to beat one-on-one.
Europe Looking Depleted
Team Europe has Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm at the top, but then the ranks thin.
LIV Golf has been extremely detrimental to Europe’s Ryder Cup team, with the likes of Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Ian Poulter all likely to miss out.
Garcia owns the most European points of any player in history, so not to have players like him there is a big loss.
Apart from McIlroy and Rahm, we’re only excited about Tommy Fleetwood, and he hasn’t won on the PGA Tour.
Third on the list is Robert MacIntyre, followed by Paul Yannik and Adrian Meronk. You have to be a fan of the DP World Tour to know those names, and they have little experience playing on the big stage.
There is even talk of Padraig Harrington being selected, which is quite shocking.
“Unfortunately I think I haven’t done enough. As I’m playing such a limited schedule on the regular tour, I needed to do more in the Scottish [Open] and The Open, those in particular. I needed to push forward, but I just think I haven’t played enough events to give myself a better [chance], I know there are a couple of events to go but even then,” Harrington said.
Sport betting markets are likely to push out Europe’s odds because of their inexperienced team. Playing in Italy isn’t the best home location. Had it been in England, Ireland or Scotland, it would have provided a different dynamic.