2010 Ryder Cup Betting Lines Believe Tiger Woods Will Earn Most Points For U.S
September 28th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The 2010 Ryder Cup begins on Friday at Celtic Manor, as the United States Team, captained by Corey Pavin, arrived in Wales at the beginning of this week.

The U.S Team are the defending Ryder Cup champions following their win in 2008, the team’s first since 1999.  However, the American squad has found it difficult to win away from home, not capturing the Ryder Cup outside of the country since 1993.

“It’s going to be very competitive. It’s going to come down to who makes the putts,” Pavin said. “It’s hard to win over here.”

Colin Montgomerie, captain for the European team, shared the same sentiments.

“These matches will be very closely contested. On this occasion, I think it will come down to a Sunday putt,” he said. “But that’s the beauty of the Ryder Cup, the closeness of it over the last few years.”

While the United States’ team has four of the top five players in the world in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, it is the European team that remains the betting favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and PGA Betting Lines to win the Ryder Cup.

That could partially be because of the play of the No.1 player in the world.  Woods has not won a PGA-sanctioned tournament this year, the only time in his career that has happened.  As such, he had to be a captain’s selection, after failing to qualify based on points.

“I have always said that Tiger is the best player in the world and the best player to have ever played the game,” Montgomerie remarked. “Of course, he would be in my team. It’s the first time Tiger will have played in Wales as a professional. We’re delighted he’s here.”

Woods Ryder Cup record has also been mediocre as he has won only 11 of 25 points in his career.  Pavin has not said how much Woods will play this week, with the maximum of five matches.

“I have thought about it a lot. … I have a pretty good idea of the direction I’d like to go,” Pavin said. “Every time Tiger plays in the Ryder Cup, he wants to win. All the guys want to come out and play their best golf and retain the trophy. There isn’t one player different to the other.”

Weather will likely play a factor overseas in this Ryder Cup as well.  There is rain in the forecast for the opening matches on Friday, and on into the weekend.

“Everyone has to play in the rain. We have a lot of guys on the team who actually enjoy playing in the rain, believe it or not,” Pavin said.

“I think our guys can embrace any kind of weather,” the U.S captain added. “I played Ryder Cup in poor weather. You don’t really notice it so much, you’re just focused on winning your matches.”

Oddsmakers have formulated several prop bets relating to the Ryder Cup.  While Woods was captain’s selection, he remains the favorite to accumulate the most points for the U.S squad.

Top US Points Scorer At The 2010 Ryder Cup – Celtic Manor Resort , 1st – 3rd October

Odds Courtesy of Bodog Sportsbook.

Tiger Woods  5/1
Steve Stricker  11/2
Phil Mickelson  13/2
Jim Furyk  13/2
Hunter Mahan  10/1
Matt Kuchar  10/1
Dustin Johnson  8/1
Stewart Cink  12/1
Rickie Fowler  18/1
Zach Johnson  14/1
Bubba Watson  28/1
Jeff Overton  33/1

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