Ryder Cup: Have Europe peaked too early?

Published 18/08/2010 10:54:00

Not so long ago, it all looked so rosy for the European team; home support, the mighty Tiger out of sorts (perhaps even out of the picture), and Lee Westwood in form. Now, though, with just under six weeks to go before the start of the Ryder Cup, golf's most high-profile event, the European team seem to be set on self-destruct mode.


With star man Lee Westwood injured, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter sick, rumours about the personal life of Thomas Bjorn (one of the vice captains) persisting, and the consistent failure of some of Europe's top stars, now left struggling or failing to qualify for the 2010 Ryder Cup due to a lack of points accrued, confidence that the Ryder Cup will be back in European hands is steadily ebbing away.


With Ryder Cup Betting pundits noting that Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and Justin Rose all require wild cards, Colin Montgomerie will be hoping that the decision of Paul Casey not to take part in the final Ryder Cup qualification tournament at Gleneagles does not have dire consequences. Should Casey slip out of his current qualification position, Monty may well be forced to leave out one of his star names as he only has 3 wildcard picks at his disposal.

Despite the current negativity surrounding the European team, Monty will be delighted that German Martin Kaymer emphatically sealed his place in the final squad after winning the US PGA at the weekend.


With Tiger Woods now relying on a wild card pick to take part in the Cup and Kaymer coming into form at the right time, Ryder Cup punters and fans alike are still backing the European team to regain the Cup they lost in 2008, leaving Montgomerie well aware that his team will be under enormous pressure to deliver victory in front of their own fans.


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