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Ryder Cup: Team USA wildcard odds

21/8/2018
The Ryder Cup is just over a month away and eight members of Jim Furyk’s American team have been confirmed.

But the question of his four captain’s picks remains. Who will Furyk turn to?

Having ended a run of one win in seven Ryder Cups in 2016, Team USA won’t need reminding their last victory on European soil came 25 years ago. Experience, therefore, will be vital – bringing us straight to Tiger Woods (1/14 with SkyBet) and Phil Mickelson (1/8). Barring disastrous performances over the next fortnight, the pair are shoe-ins, although their low odds are unappealing.

Despite mixed form, Bryson DeChambeau is the best-placed potential rookie at 4/6. Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, was a captain’s pick in 2016 and is even money – but has struggled recently and possesses a mixed Ryder Cup record over the last four tournaments.

Challenging DeChambeau on the rookie front are Tony Finau (7/4) and Xander Schauffele (5/2). Both offer bigger odds but are arguably in better form. Finau has posted three top-10 finishes in majors this year and has the intriguing advantage of playing in two Junior Ryder Cups. Schauffele was runner-up at the Players Championship in May and tied for the lead at The Open until the final round.

Another man in form is Zach Johnson (11/4), boasting five Ryder Cup appearances and having not finished outside the top 20 in his last six starts.

The real mover in recent weeks, however, is Brandt Snedeker. Having won all three of his Ryder Cup matches in 2016, the 37-year-old would have been a good pick at his pre-weekend price of 25/1. Victory at the Wyndham Championship, which included a stunning round of 59 and was witnessed first-hand by the participating Furyk, has seen his price tumble to 5/1.

By Tim Poole
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