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Luke Donald a major Ryder Cup wild card gamble

| 30.08.2016

Luke Donald has been the subject of a significant gamble this afternoon with Coral to be named one of Darren Clarke’s three Ryder Cup wild cards, despite Thomas Pieters winning the Made In Denmark tournament yesterday.

Coral cut Pieters to 4/11 this morning after his last gasp success in Himmerland, and eased Donald to 2/1, but all afternoon bets have been coming for Luke Donald sparking fears that some punters may know who Darren Clarke is leaning towards. Coral have now cut Donald to 4/6 from 2/1 and eased Pieters to 10-11 from 4-6.

“This is turning into a fascinating betting event with money for Pieters this morning, a major plunge on Donald this afternoon, and no betting interest in either Knox or McDowell,” said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

“It now looks like a straight battle between the experience of Luke Donald, and the red hot form of Thomas Pieters,” added Clare.


**To be named as a wild card for Europe for the 2016 Ryder Cup
1-50 Martin Kaymer, 1-40 Lee Westwood, 4-6 Luke Donald (from 2), 10-11 Thomas Pieters (from 4-11), 7-2 Russell Knox (from 7-4), 18 Graeme McDowell (from 8),

**2016 Ryder Cup outright
8-13 USA, 7-4 Europe, 9 Tie

**To lift the trophy
8-13 USA, 13-10 Europe



Simon Clare

Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was
promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare
added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR
Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a
new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public
Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast
experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather.
Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a
Saturday when work allows.