Ryder Cup fever is beginning to turn grown men doolally and whether you are a true blue or dead set on red, there are profits to be turned surrounding the imminent match play spectacular at Hazeltine.
Given his particularly timely FedEx Cup-scooping exploits at East Lake prior to the biennial showdown, investment in Rory McIlroy ending up as Europe’s top points scorer is bound to be among the most popular punts at 7/2.
Meanwhile, as the players get stuck into their Hazeltine practice rounds whispers of potential partnerships begin to filter through which will shape the various foursome and fourball outcomes.
One ante-post bet that could pay handsome dividends, though, relies more on trends than the exact personnel that captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke pair off for USA and Europe respectively.
That’s taking a stab, a well-informed one it must be said, at the final points shakedown after Sunday’s singles in Minnesota.
There is one result that keeps on giving in the cross-Atlantic battle and that is the closest run outcome of 14 ½ – 13 ½.
This final scoreline has occurred no fewer than six times in the past 12 editions of the Ryder Cup, with two going the way of the United States and four victories by the single-point margin causing continental celebration.
Indeed, two of the past three European wins ended with the scoreboard set thus, at Celtic Manor and famously at Medinah, before the US were humbled at Gleneagles two years ago 16 ½ – 11 ½.
With all the pre-match chatter suggesting the Americans represent a far fiercer opponent this time around, reflected in their 4/7 favouritism no less, a repeat of such a heavy defeat at European hands is not fancied at 22/1.
Given the strength of Love’s team and the potency of this trend it could be worth hedging bets on either team to win a close encounter at 14 ½ – 13 ½ instead, at 9/1 and 11/1 respectively.
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