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Dublin: 4°C Sunday 11 April 2021

5 value bets to keep you glued to every ball of the Ryder Cup

From the relatively realistic to just chancing our arm.

Ian Poulter – Top European points scorer

Source: David J. Phillip

Odds: 7/1

Ian Poulter loves the Ryder Cup. He has shown incredible consistency in the competition over the years winning 12 of 15 matches and his 80% record is the best of any Europan player with a minimum of three matches.

Of course, we don’t know yet how many times we’ll see Poulter this week but the fact he plays tomorrow morning means that, if it’s less than four, we’ll be surprised.

Next best: Sergio Garcia 11/2

Keegan Bradley – Top US Points scorer

Source: Chris Carlson

Odds: 15/2

Despite making his Ryder Cup debut at Medinah last time out, Bradley picked up three points from four available, losing only his singles game to Rory McIlroy as Europe pulled off their miracle.

The one worry with Bradley is that he also lost his singles match at the 2013 Presidents Cup but he’s also like to play at least four times this week which makes him the value pick.

Next best: Matt Kuchar 9/1

Victor Dubuisson – Top overall rookie points scorer

Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Odds: 5/1

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Not only does the French golfer carry back-to-back top-10 major finishes into the Ryder Cup but he also boasts an impressive matchplay record winning six of nine matches which includes a second place finish at the 2014 WGC World Matchplay, losing on the 23rd hole.

The one worry for Dubuisson is that he has not been named for tomorrow’s fourballs.

Next best: Jordan Spieth 5/2

Europe-Tie-Europe – Lead after each day

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Odds: 20/1

As tempting as USA-EUROPE-TIE is at 80/1, only having two Ryder Cups ending in a tie in its history puts us off that one. Instead, we feel that Europe will jump out to a first day lead, USA will fight back to level on Saturday before the home side eventually triumph.

Next best: Tie-Tie-Europe 80/1

Europe 14.5 bt USA 13.5 – Correct score

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Odds: 9/1

Another bet to keep you interested right the way through to Sunday afternoon is trying to guess the correct score. Despite being the final result in six of the last 11 editions of the Ryder Cup, 14.5 to 13.5 is available at 9/1 for Europe and 11/1 for the USA.

Next best: Either side to win 14.5 to 13.5 4/1

So that’s how we’ll be squandering our money this weekend but what are your tips for this year’s Ryder Cup?

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