Ryder Cup 2012 Betting Guide Day One: Lump On Poulter, Donald & Garcia

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"Poulter at 8/1? Nah..."



1 -As USA have now gone massive favorites to win the cup at 8/11 and Europe are 9/5 and the draw at 11/1. My first bet is to back Europe to win the Ryder Cup. I’m doing this on betfair as then I have the option to lay my bet after the morning session which should we win will come in nicely.

2 – Europe to lead day one at 11/8 plus the correct score of 5-3 to Europe at 13/2. The reasoning behind this is Europe is normally fast out the blocks. They have won five out of the seven last first days and that is with the likes of Westwood, Garcia and Donald all loving this format I can see only one winner come the end of the morning session.

3 -  Top English points scorer has to be Luke Donald who is based in Chicago and knows the course well, along with having a cracking Ryder Cup record. He is currently 12/5 to be top dog for the English.

4 – With the fast start I’m predicting for the Europeans I’m also going with them to win the Ryder Cup 14 ½ - 13 ½ at 12/1. With four of the last eight Ryder Cups being decided by one point, I like the odds on offer for the 14 ½ - 13 1/2

5 – It’s not the Ryder Cup without a bet on the Irish and I’m going with G Mac to be top dog in this market. He only has to nudge pass Rory and then win his single matches, something he has done on his pass two outings.

Sergio Garcia is back to his fighting best and I fancy him to show the skills which have put him back into the top 20 in the world

6 – Ladbrokes have a good market on the biggest winning margin to be 6 & 4 something which has happened on three of the last four Ryder Cups. Last being at Celtic Manor 2010 with Dustin Johnston sweeping aside Martin Kaymer.

7 – Top European Points Scorer. Sergio Garcia is back to his fighting best and I fancy him to show the skills which have put him back into the top 20 in the world. His record speaks for itself in the fourballs and if paired with a good player he good get a good start in this market before the Sunday singles. It could be worth taking this bet at 8/1 at Ladbrokes as you get your money back if Rory McIlroy wins this market.

8 – lastly the Top Wildcard has to be Ian Poulter at 7/2 as he is a top Match Play player and raises his game every time for the Ryder Cup. His challengers on the European side Colsaerts won’t feature in every match. On the US side Dustin is going to only grab a couple of points if he’s lucky enough to feature. Furyk has let a few leads slip this year and doesn’t look the player he used to be, leaving the Brandt Snedeker who I think has had a massive year and could be tired and mentally drained very soon.

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