Live on Sky Sports 4: Fri: 07:00 Angus Loughran previews the 2014 Ryder Cup between Europe and the USA at Gleneagles.
It is no surprise that Europe are favourites to lift the Ryder Cup trophy but a top price 1/2 looks on the short side, as does the 4/6 about them winning this weekend’s showdown, when a tight match looks in prospect.
The last two renewals have produced a 14.5-13.5 scoreline in favour of Europe and a repeat is a 9/1 chance at Gleneagles, the same price as a 15-13 triumph for the hosts. Meanwhile, the same scenario for a USA victory is a 12/1 on both counts.
The tie, which should have won at Medinah two years ago, is only 11/1 and would be enough for Europe to retain the Ryder Cup but both sides will be looking to get to the magic number to win outright.
The bet I really fancy comes on Friday afternoon and it’s on Europe to win the first day foursomes at 5/4. This is where the players take alternative shots and it’s a far quicker format than the long drawn out morning fourballs format. The Americans are not used to this format and it seems to be far more popular amongst the Europeans.
Tom Watson is a hero in Scotland and his side will not be lacking in support at 7/4 but come Sunday night I take Europe to win again for the eighth time in ten renewals, by a score of 15-13 (9/1).