The countdown to this year’s Ryder Cup is well and truly on, as this week, Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk make their captain’s picks for Team Europe and Team USA.

 

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Team USA:

Ryder Cup - Jim FurykFirst up is Furyk, who will announce the first three of his four Ryder Cup wildcard selections tonight.

Eight players have already qualified for the team on merit – Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler & Webb Simpson.

But the next three on the points list also look guaranteed a place on the plane.

First up is Bryson DeChambeau, who won his second event in as many weeks on the PGA Tour last night. He’s been tipped to partner Tiger Woods and shot an eight-under 63 whilst playing with him at TPC Boston on Sunday.

Woods also looks a lock in the Ryder Cup team, with close finishes at the Open and PGA Championships proving he’s capable of competing at the top table again.

Phil Mickelson appears to be the other man assured a spot on the team. ‘Lefty’ won for the first time in five years earlier this season at the WGC-Mexico Championship and has shown enough flashes of form since to warrant a selection.

Furyk’s last pick will be announced after the BMW Championship on Monday 10th September. So the likes of Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau will have one last chance to impress this week at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

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Team Europe:

As for Team Europe, it’s still anyone’s guess who Thomas Bjorn will go for. The Dane makes all four of his picks tomorrow afternoon, adding to this year’s eight automatic qualifiers – Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren & Thorbjorn Olesen.

However, with five rookies already on the team, the smart money is on experience. So the inclusion of Ian Poulter, who boasts an incredible 72% strike rate in the Ryder Cup, ranks as a no-brainer.

Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey will all fancy their chances too. The trio are regulars in this event and have beaten their counterparts on-route to wins on the PGA Tour.

But question marks remain over all three.

 

Stenson has been battling an elbow injury and can’t be relied upon to play five matches in three days. Garcia has managed just one top 10 finish since his defence of the Masters, albeit at this course in the Open de France. And Casey’s lack of popularity amongst his peers may count against him after a downturn in form.

Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello will also be hanging by the telephone. They made superb Ryder Cup debuts at Hazeltine two years ago, winning six-and-a-half points from a combined eight matches. But neither have won this year and may not have done enough to edge out the bigger names.

Then there are the likes of Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Knox and Matt Wallace who haven’t booked their holidays just yet either.

With 24 hours to go, only one thing’s for sure, a sleepless night for all.

 

 

 

Latest Ryder Cup Betting

Europe – 11/10

Tie – 11/1

USA – 5/6