Bookmakers are offering free bets for this week’s USPGA Championship which will have a major impact on the shape of the United States Ryder Cup team.
Another dismal display for out-of-form Tiger Woods has raised doubts about his Ryder Cup place at Celtic Manor in October.
The world number one suffered his worst ever result as a professional golfer when he finished tied 78 of 80 at 18 over par in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club yesterday.
Woods now lies tenth in the US Ryder Cup standings and must rise into the top eight to qualify for an automatic place.
Unless he can put in a good enough finish in this week’s USPGA Championship in Winsconsin he will rely on a wildcard pick from US captain Corey Pavin.
Pavin’s personal views aside, Tiger has his own doubts about the merit if his inclusion in the team given his current struggles.
Woods told reporters: “I wouldn’t help the team if I’m playing like this. No-one would help the team if they’re shooting 18 over par.”
He went on to add: ""Shooting 18 over par is not fun, I don’t see how it can be fun shooting 18 over, especially since my handicap is meant to be zero. It’s tough.
"I need to hit the ball better, I need to chip better, I need to putt better. It has been a long year."
The United States team will arrive in Wales as underdogs for the 38th Ryder Cup; Sporting Bet offer odds of 2/1 for an American victory.
Unless Tiger can turn his fortunes round in time, Cory Pavin will be left with an unenviable selection decision.
Wood’s Ryder Cup record in uninspiring having lost 13 of his 25 matches in his five appearances in the event and Pavin will need players at the top of their form.