There’s a shock at the top of our European Ryder Cup rankings

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Thinking of having a dabble on who’ll be Team Europe’s leading point-scorer at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, but not sure who’s in form?

Well look no further than the news.ladbrokes power rankings:

1. Sergio Garcia @ 6/1

Everyone is looking at Rory McIlroy to lead this European team to victory, but nobody in the 12 has a better combination of experience and form than the Spaniard, who has enjoyed his best season in a long time.

2. Rory McIlroy @ 4/1

There’s no doubting that the Northern Irishman is the team’s best player, but with all the talk about his regular partnership with Graeme McDowell coming to an end it could take a while for McIlroy to settle.

3. Ian Poulter @ 6/1

Since losing on the opening day of the 2008 competition, the Englishman has won 11 of the 12 points he’s contested. He’s not had a great year, but if he finds the Ryder Cup passion he’s now known for he could spark Europe to victory.

4. Victor Dubuisson @ 20/1

He may be a Ryder Cup rookie, but Dubuisson’s display in the WGC Match Play, in which he came second, showed all the inventiveness and bravery that could make him an instant hit for Europe.

5. Justin Rose @ 6/1

Rose is likely to be paired with Poulter for much of the tournament, which should boost his points tally. He’s only ever lost three Ryder Cup matches and is undefeated in foursomes.

6. Martin Kaymer @ 10/1

The current US Open champion was out of sorts two years ago, but held his nerve to sink the putt that completed the Miracle at Medinah. He’s fared much better this season with two wins and two other top 10s.

7. Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1

A local rookie who grew up an hour away from Gleneagles, Gallacher is sure to get raucous support from the home crowd. His record at the course is formidable, which makes him a lively each-way chance.

8. Thomas Bjorn @ 20/1

The elder statesman of the team, Bjorn hasn’t been a playing member of the Ryder Cup for 12 years but will be playing a course on which he won back in 2011.

9. Henrik Stenson @ 7/1

If this event was being held 12 months ago the Swede’s price would be far shorter. Understandably since his FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai triumphs his form has tailed off somewhat.

10. Lee Westwood @ 12/1

The most experienced Ryder Cup player on the team, Westwood needed to rely on being one of Paul McGinley’s picks to make it. He’s the lowest ranked player from either team.

11. Jamie Donaldson @ 20/1

It’s difficult to see Donaldson featuring in enough matches before the singles to make him a viable betting option in the top point-scorer market.

12. Graeme McDowell @ 10/1

McDowell hasn’t played with anybody else in Ryder Cups since McIlroy came on the scene and even then his record isn’t all that glowing. Without his young sidekick this time he could be Europe’s weak link.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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