2014 Ryder Cup Preview
As we look forward to the 2014 Ryder Cup, all golf fans will be hoping the three-day tournament can replicate the excitement of 2012.
Team Europe produced a phenomenal comeback in the States to retain the title with a 14 ½ to 13 ½ victory.
And with the hosts favourites to win the title for a sixth time in seven meetings, Coral will give you a free £20 bet, if you bet £5 now.
Paul McGinley’s side are favourites for good reason.
They have Rory McIlroy for starters but one man doesn’t make a team and Team Europe have a pretty good side as well.
The Ulsterman will be joined by Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn, with all the men enjoying the 2014 season so far.
Fellow Brit’s Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson have also secured their spot and team is looking in good form.
The American team, however, has been compared to their awful 2006 side (which many believe to be the worst side they have ever assembled).
Europe were triumphant 18 ½ to 9 ½ winners that year and so it is fair to say the American media have little hope for their side this year.
While McIlroy is the star amongst a host of in form players for the Europeans, Bubba Watson is probably the biggest hope for USA.
The 2014 Masters champion, however, has achieved just one top finish since his success in April.
And the 35-year-old has achieved just three points in eight Ryder Cup matches for Team USA, failing to win a singles or foursomes match at the event so far in his career.
History is also against the USA, with Team Europe enjoying a far superior record over the past years.
In fact, the visitors to St Andrews have not won on this side of the Atlantic since 1993.
Team Europe have prevailed in the last two meetings, meanwhile, winning the competition at Celtic Manor in 2010 and Medinah Country Club in 2012.
The USA lead the series with a record of 25-12-2 but Europe have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two.
And the last two meetings have been won by just a single point, both in Europe’s favour, and both 14 ½ to 13 ½.
A more one sided outcome is predicted this year, however, but the strongest team does not always win.
Anything could happen at St Andrews, that is what makes the Ryder Cup such a thrilling event.
The tough and disciplined USA captain Tom Watson will have his men fired up for the event, however and without the added distraction of Tiger Woods his side could pull of an upset.
Although that shouldn’t happen. McIlroy and his side should be simply too strong.