2010 Ryder Cup Golf, The Twenty Ten Course, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales
Team USA vs Team Europe
October 1-3, 2010, TV: ESPN and NBC (check local listings)
Bodog is offering several props on the Ryder Cup this week. Here are several that we are looking at betting on.
Top American overall points scorer at the Ryder Cup.While it might be tempting to bet Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in this prop I would avoid them both. Both are struggling this year, and neither is exceptional in the match play format. There are other players I like better, that offer better value. Steve Stricker (11/2), Jim Furyk (13/2), Hunter Mahan (10/1). Matt Kuchar, 10/1) and Ricky Fowler (18/1) Stricker is just consistent and his steady style is perfect for match play. Furyk is playing his best golf of the year fresh off winning the FedEx Cup championship last week. Mahan is the only American with a winning record in match play during his career. Kuchar has palyed well all season. Fowler is a nice dark horse pick as he is the youngest member of the American team and might not truly understand the magnitude of the event, and perhaps he won’t be nervous. I would place small wagers on Mahan and Fowler but any of those would be worth an investment.
Top European overall points scorer at the Ryder Cup There is good value on the European side as well for overall scorer. I like Rory McIlroy (5/1), Lee Westwood (6/1), Graeme McDowell, (7/1), Luke Donald (7/1) and the Molinari Brothers (Edoardo 12/1, Francesco 14/1). McIlroy is like Folwler in that he is young and talented. Westwood is one of the best players in the world. McDowell won the Wales Open on this course back in June. Luke Donald was chosen as a Captain’s pick over Paul Casey and there will be pressure on him to justify the selection. But my pick is one of the Molinari brothers. both play and travel together all the time. European captain Colin Montgomerie will probably play them together in all all four doubles matches. They have a good shot of winning all four of their matches because they know each other so well. It is much like the Williams Sisters or the Bryan Brothers playing doubles in tennis.
Top overall points scorer at the Ryder Cup Since I picked Mahan, Fowler and the Molinari Brothers to be the top scorers for their respective teams I will pick Mahan to be the highest scorer overall. He has 20/1 odds so it is good value.
Who will do the best of the Captain’s picks for both sides? Each side selected 4 captain’s picks. Bodog allows you to bet on who will score the most points of those 8 players. Those players are Tiger Woods (2/1), Padraig Harrington, (5/1), Luke Donald (5/1), Stewart Cink, (11/2), Edoardo Molinari (6/1), Zach Johnson (13/2), and Rickie Fowler (10/1). I would wager on Donald, Molinari, or Fowler.
Who will Tiger Woods Play in the SuChallennday’s Singles Matches? Earlier this week Rory McIlroy called out Tiger and said he would love to be matched up against him in the Ryder Cup as Tiger is very beatable right now. Tiger will beg and plead with U.S. Captain Corey Pavin to match him up with McIlroy as he loves being challenged and shutting up those who dare tug on Superman’s cape. Of course Woods has lost his air of invincibility as his personal life is in shambles and it is affecting his play, but McIlroy is 7/1 to be Tiger’s opponent on Sunday. I like those odds.
Anyway, it should be riveting and exciting and i can’t wait to see what happens. Enjoy the tournament and bet these Ryder Cup Prop Bets at Bodog.