Live on Skysports 1: Fri 07.00: Celtic Manor threw open it’s gates on Tuesday morning as the American and European teams got some practice rounds under-way ahead of Friday morning’s fourballs.
Paddy Power are offering a market best of 7/10 about the Europeans, while Victor Chandler have 7/4 on the Americans. On the exchanges, Betfair and Betdaq, USA are available at about 15/8. Those predicting a tight 2010 contest can opt for the draw at 12/1 with Bet365 but beware there have only been 2 draws in Ryder Cup history, the last in 1989.
Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood have both been practicing well this week according their captains, the latter shooting plenty of birdies. Ladbrokes offer 7/1 for Westwood to be top European but Luke Donald is well worth a consideration at 8/1 (Betfred) after a couple of great showings in tournaments throughout September.
The USA are full of danger men – Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker are all very strong players the European team nust be wary of this week. In fact, Dustin Johnson, at 10/1 (Victor Chandler), would be a good outside bet for top American after he ended the year with three top 10 finishes and a win at the BMW Championships. Steve Stricker, who traditionally plays his best golf around September and October, could be a very steady presence for team USA and Boylesports offer 6/1 for him to be the top player for the visitors while The Tour winner, Jim Furyk, is 8/1 at Totesport.
Lastly, William Hill offer 16/1 that any European player is disciplined or dropped from a match as a direct result of a Twitter indiscretion.