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Ryder Cup odds

Ryder Cup odds

The Ryder Cup is perhaps the most exciting golf competition in the world.

Fought out biannually, it’s a three-day event that pits the best golfers from the USA and Europe against each other.

With Europe currently dominating the top of the world rankings though, the 2012 event should see the Europeans head into the competition as big favourites…

However, with the USA having home advantage at the Medinah Country Club, they will be popular with punters.

Europe have had the better of the recent Ryder Cup tussle

Rarely have Europe enjoyed such dominance over the world rankings as they currently do.

Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are amongst the highest ranked players in the world and are currently outshining their US counterparts.

With the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson slipping down the world rankings, backing Europe to retain the trophy in the Ryder Cup odds looks well worth consideration.

However, while the established stars like Mickelson and Woods have started to flounder somewhat, there are a new generation of American stars coming through who should make the 2012 event a close affair.

Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson have starred in the recent FedEx Cup playoff events and with that experience in their locker, the USA should not be discounted when looking at the Ryder Cup odds.

Ian Poulter is a man to back in the Ryder Cup odds

Ian Poulter is widely derided for his fashion sense and controversial comments but, in his two Ryder Cup appearances for Europe, he has been brilliant and has won his two singles matches in convincing fashion.

With Poulter regarded as perhaps the finest matchplay golfer in the world – an opinion given credence by his victory in the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the Ryder Cup odds for Poulter to perform well are sure to be amongst the most tempting out there.

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