Seve Trophy Day One Fourballs: Wily old heads to get Europe off to great start

Thomas Bjorn is out early with Miguel Angel Jimenez and should put the first point on the board for Continental Europe
Thomas Bjorn is out early with Miguel Angel Jimenez and should put the first point on the board for Continental Europe

Dan Geraghty runs the rule over the day one fourballs at the Seve Trophy, and if all his selections go to plan then it will be GB & Ireland, and Dan of course, who will be the happier tomorrow evening...

Recommended Bets

Back Bjorn & Jimenez @ 2.01/1

Back Wood & Fleetwood @ 2.111/10

Back Casey & Khan @ 2.757/4

Back Luiten & Bourdy @ 2.111/10

Back Warren & Jamieson @ 3.02/1

The Continental Europeans have signalled their intent by sending out the big names early. Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez have saved some of their best golf of the season for the last few months and the experienced duo rate strong favourites to beat the Scottish pairing of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallagher.

Chris Wood and the in-form Tommy Fleetwood look worthy favourites and a good bet to get Great Britain and Ireland a point on the board early (second match out) by beating Mikko Illonen and the out-of-form Thorbjorn Olesen.

Paul Casey is the star name in the Great Britain and Ireland team and finds himself the favourite to top their scoring. It's therefore surprising to see Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Mannaserro such short price favourites to see off the English pairing of Casey and Simon Khan on the first day. The Italians have been disappointing of late, and Molinari faded when put under pressure in the recent Italian Open.

Not many players come into this week in better form than Joost Luiten. Fresh from winning his home Open three weeks ago, then putting up a fine performance last week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Dutchman is paired with home favourite Gregory Bourdy and you have to think the debutants will prove too tough an assignment for Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn to overcome.

Finally, Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano look an obvious pick on paper to beat Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson. However, perhaps surprisingly, neither of the Scots are debutants in the Seve trophy, both have points to their name and their underdog tags may inspire them to another here; at the prices I'll side with the GB & Ireland pair.


Recommended Bets

Back Bjorn & Jimenez @ 2.01/1
Back Wood & Fleetwood @ 2.111/10
Back Casey & Khan @ 2.757/4
Back Luiten & Bourdy @ 2.111/10
Back Warren & Jamieson @ 3.02/1


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