With Europe trailing by three points heading into the final session, they need a red hot, Rory inspired start to have any chance of keeping the Cup out of those American hands. With some comfortable winners already in the bag, here is how I see the singles matches going (I’ve displayed decimal odds from betfair – e.g. 3=2/1, 1.8=0.8/1):
Reed (3) v McIlroy (1.8)
This’ll be tight but given I’ve got McIlroy for top European points scorer, I’m hedging my bets by siding with Reed here, who produced a truly remarkable iron display in the Saturday fourballs.
Spieth (2.5) v Stenson (2.1)
Looked shattered yesterday afternoon but a good sleep should see young Spieth back to his old self.
JB Holmes (2.5) v Pieters (2.1)
Pieters. Man On Fire. Who read my blog tipping him for best rookie?
Fowler (2.62) v Rose (2.0) Tie (6.5)
Neither player has played particularly well. If I had to choose one I’d side with the American, purely because Rose has been cold with the putter all weekend.
Walker (2.25) v Cabrera-Bello (2.3)
Played fantastically with Sergio and has a 3rd place at the 2016 WGC Matchplay too.
Mickelson (2.3) v Garcia (2.25)
A little surprised that Garcia is favourite out of these two Ryder Cup heavyweights. Mickelson loves this kind of stage, this’ll be one to watch.
Moore (2.0) v Westwood (2.62)
Point for the States. This is as close to a license to print money you’re ever going to find.
Snedeker (2.0) v Sullivan (2.62)
Snedeker really has too much for Sullivan, who doesn’t have the short game that will get the American over the line.
D. Johnson (1.53) v Wood
betfair isn’t even bothering to offer odds on Wood. This could be a rout.
Koepka (1.9) v Willett (2.75) Tie (7.0)
Got the feeling his playing partner Westwood’s abysmal showing yesterday was infectious. My gut says Koepka will nick it but Willett does have a hot short game – a tie at 6/1 seems a fine compromise to me.
Kuchar (1.7) v Kaymer (3.2)
Need I say more. Next.
Z. Johnson (1.8) v Fitzpatrick (3.0)
Fitz won the U.S. Amateur for a reason. It’ll probably all be over by the time it gets to these guys but 2/1 for the Englishman seems good value either way.