It’s at this stage of a Ryder Cup year when the sport starts shifting from an individual game to one that fills its yearly quota for high-fiving, hugging team play in just three short days.
Team USA is all but complete, with the nine automatic spots in Tom Watson’s group decided by last week’s Barclays tournament and just three “captain’s picks” remaining to complete the squad.
Those picks will be made following the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, where a host of familiar names will be desperately seeking their best swing in order to suitably impress their skipper.
Ridgewood victor Hunter Mahan is sure to be in the forefront of Watson’s thinking having broken his two-year tournament drought by two shots at The Barclays, while Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley are all big names hoping to attract attention.
However, two of our three fancies to fare well in Boston could well sneak under the radar and onto the plane to Gleneagles and at long-odds for this tournament must not be overlooked in the betting.
At 80/1, Kevin Na is the lengthiest option but perhaps has the best case for Ryder Cup inclusion after Mahan.
The Seoul-born 30-year-old has collected the second-most world ranking points in 2014 after the Californian and is in form following his T9 at The Barclays, his best result for seven weeks.
Gary Woodland’s chances in Boston are rated better than Na’s by Ladbrokes, at 66/1, although he’s been less prolific.
A T13 at Ridgewood is a pleasing last showing though, where his bogey-free second and third rounds and closing 68 points to another strong performance.
Our final pick, Patrick Reed, has his Ryder Cup spot sealed thanks to sharing ninth place with Na last week.
He’s a 50/1-shot for the Deutsche Bank and has two wins to his name this season already.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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