THE biggest present in golf is right here as Europe and USA go face to face once more for the Ryder Cup.
The Individuals triumphed emphatically at Hazeltine two years in the past and have an intimidatingly star-studded aspect hoping to retain their trophy in Paris.
Most bookmakers make the holders the slight favourites because of this at 10/11.
However dwelling benefit and a course suited to the shorter hitters may play into the European group’s palms.
So who can we fancy to finish the event as the very best mixed scorer throughout each groups? Solar Sport runs the rule over a number of contenders…
Crucially when occupied with the highest scorer market you must take into account which gamers are prone to play all 5 matches (Friday fourballs and foursomes, Saturday fourballs and foursomes, Sunday singles).
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The American power in depth would possibly sign a extra diversified line up day-to-day with USA captain Jim Furyk desperate to profit from all of his choices.
For instance, solely two American gamers – Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth – performed all 5 matches in 2016 in distinction to 4 from Europe.
European captain Thomas Bjorn has much less stellar names at his disposal so is extra prone to depend on two or three standout stars.
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The newly topped world primary will probably be one among Bjorn’s stalwarts in Paris with years of expertise within the competitors.
Rose was one among 4 Europeans to compete in all 5 matches two years in the past and he has an exceptional particular person document in his 4 appearances.
Rose has misplaced simply twice in 19 matches and, together with Rory McIlroy, should proceed his unbelievable document if Europe are to win.
He completed as high mixed factors scorer in 2014 and is the obvious European group member to take the accolade once more.
Should you have been to design a golfer from scratch, they’d most likely look quite a bit like Koepka.
Koepka is a two-time main champion this yr and is undoubtedly the person for the large event regardless of his relative tender years.
The US Open and USPGA champion took three and a half factors on his debut look in 2016 and is a power to be reckoned with each in singles and as a pair.
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No player embodies the American spirit like Reed as he appears to come into his own in the Ryder Cup atmosphere.
The Masters champion has finished as the highest American points scorer in both of his appearances so far, beating Rory McIlroy 1 up in an exhilarating singles showdown on the final day at Hazeltine.
He’s established a formidable partnership with Justin Spieth and will embrace being the American Mr Motivator again.
The American team may be loaded with more stellar names but course experience gives the Europeans an upper hand before a ball has even been hit.
Le Golf National hosts the French Open every year and the European team boasts the last two winners of the event in Noren and Tommy Fleetwood.
Noren’s accurate iron and short game is tailor made for the course whilst the traditional long hitters may have to think twice about taking out the driver.