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Coral bring you five fantastic flutters for the Ryder Cup

| 25.09.2014

With the Ryder Cup just around the corner, Coral bring you their very own tipping preview to keep you in the know with all the best bets.

So, how many Eagles will there be at Gleneagles?

The first decent bet features USA’s Rickie Fowler, who has odds of 5/1 to finish as best American. The 25-year-old has finished in the top five of every Major golf tournament this year, and is in fantastic form coming into the Ryder Cup.

Europe’s Lee Westwood was picked as a wildcard choice by team captain Paul McGinley, who knows that on his day the 41-year-old is just as good as anyone in the world. Also at 5/1, he is great value to be the tournament’s top wildcard. His friend and fellow golfer Darren Clarke believes that Westwood can be crucial to continuing Europe’s transatlantic dominance over the American team.

“Lee is the most experienced guy in terms of the players and I know he’s a guy that every other player respects,” said Clarke.

“I know that he will stand up and speak and if Lee says something in the team room the guys will all listen.

“He knows what’s going on and he can play with anybody, so I think he’s a fantastic pick in terms of experience and the quality of his play,” Northern Irishman Clarke continued.

“I’ve grown up and played an awful lot with Lee around the world and I know what he’s capable of.

“He could have won three Majors at this stage – a couple of things have gone against him at the wrong time – and he’s unfortunate not to have won a couple.

“He’s just a real, solid team guy.”

All eyes will be eagerly on world number one, Rory McIlroy, who has won two Majors already this year – the Open Championship and the USPGA – as well as performing consistently throughout. Also at 5/1, you can tip the Northern Irishman to go unbeaten on Gleneagles’ course; however, the chances are high that he could be up against friend and training partner Fowler at some point over the three days, who could prove a tricky opponent.

Despite Scotsman Stephen Gallacher to make his debut in the team, on home soil, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson could well be the one to watch. The latter is 13/8 to finish as Europe’s top rookie, and has had a solid 2014, with the 24-year-old evoking comparisons to Seve Ballesteros.

Although McIlroy is arguably Europe’s ‘banker’, captain McGinley may attempt to bluff the Americans, who could be expecting the Northern Irishman to be sent out first. However, Justin Rose is a very consistent player, who relishes team golf, and can be counted on to deliver the goods and get the first points on the board for the Europeans. He is 7/1 to be sent out first, and at some point, could partner friend, and a previous inspiration for the team, Ian Poulter, 13/2 to be top European with the duo historically formidable as a pairing.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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