Busy Boy Rose Looks set for Ryder Cup Points Haul

Team USA defend the trophy in Paris this weekend

The 42nd Ryder Cup takes place this week at Le Golf National in Paris.

Team USA are the defending champions after enjoying a comprehensive win over Europe at Hazeltine two years ago. The travelling American party are outright favourites at a shade of odds on – 5/6.

The match bet is however one of the less-celebrated markets in this competition. For a bit more variety in terms of permutations, we’re going to look at the points scoring betting here.

There are some interesting prices about top overall points scorer, and top points scorer for each team.

The most important detail regarding this market is finding a player that’s likely to play a full suite of matches.

European stalwart Justin Rose is a prime candidate. He’s in decent form, has competition experience, and has played all sessions in the last two renewals. Rory McIlroy ticks these boxes just as well, to the degree that we’ve priced them both at 9/2 to be Europe’s best.

Rose shades it here as he is slightly longer in the combined market.

Another option would be Jon Rahm. The Ryder Cup rookie was six and one in matchplay in 2017, he only claimed a half at the WGC this year but strikes me as someone with an ideal temperament to uphold Spain’s remarkable history in the competition.

Seve, Olazabal, Sergio, and now Rahm? There’s every chance.

Top Combined Points Scorer

For Team USA, it’s a slightly trickier proposition.

Patrick Reed was their catalyst last time out at Hazeltine – he played every session and handled his match-up against McIlroy with aplomb. While he was four and one in this years’ WGC Matchplay, he lacks recent strokeplay form. Consequently, his price of 16/1 is pretty tempting.

Tiger Woods (12/1) has shown himself to be capable of countering all expectation this season. Backing him carries a health warning – there may not be enough ice baths over the weekend to get him  out and playing well in every session.

Justin Thomas is a seriously interesting prospect here. He’s odds-on to be America’s top rookie, his recent form is solid (finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup standings), and his run to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay this year furthers his value. It’s 10/1 about Thomas in the combined market.

Lots of selections to comb through here but take this as a final pointer: in the last 10 Ryder Cups, Europe has returned the top points scorer on eight occasions and shared it twice.


Top Combined Points Scorer

Justin Rose – 10/1

Top American

Justin Thomas – 6/1

Top European

Justin Rose – 9/2

Quoted prices correct as of 12:16 26/09/18




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