Ryder Cup 2018: Europe tipped to fight back in foursomes
Europe have started poorly in the Ryder Cup but Paul Krishnamurty says that makes now the perfect time to back them. Here's his preview of the afternoon foursomes...
"Dramatic momentum swings are part and parcel of any Ryder Cup...Ahead of what could well be a positive session, this feels like the perfect time to get onside Europe at [3.15]."
Back Europe @ [3.15]
Team USA dominate the opening morning
History almost repeated itself in almost catastrophic fashion at Le Golf National, as USA took first honours in their bid to retain the Ryder Cup. Two years ago at Hazeltine, they won the opening morning 4-0 and, despite fighting back in the afternoon session, Europe never fully recovered. An hour before this morning's close, another whitewash looked on the cards, before Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari turned the final group around. Game on!
Afternoon foursomes pairings and live betting
Henrik Stenson & Justin Rose vs Dustin Johnson & Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter vs Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson
Sergio Garcia & Alex Noren vs Phil Mickelson & Bryson Dechambeau
Tommy Fleetwood & Francesco Molinari vs Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth
Dramatic momentum swings are part and parcel of any Ryder Cup so if you've backed Europe, don't be despondent. They finished the morning on a high and foursomes will probably be a more suitable format this afternoon.
The USA are a side packed with bombers who possess barely any experience of this course. I think that could be troublesome in foursomes, where teams play alternative shots with one ball. Moreover, I'm not enamoured by their afternoon pairings. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson could be the weak links of this side and their erratic style is surely better suited to better ball.
On the other side of the ledger, the Europeans pairings are strong. Stenson and Rose have bags of Ryder Cup pedigree. Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia are two of the all-time great foursome players and are fancied to bring the best out of their partners. The final group, who have the toughest match for me, have already won together.
Ahead of what could well be a positive session, this feels like the perfect time to get Europe onside at [3.15]. There's a very long way to go and matches generally end up close. I'm also having one single this afternoon - on Garcia and Noren. Being paired with Mickelson could be a real baptism of fire for debutant Dechambeau.
Back Europe to win the Ryder Cup 4u @ [3.15]
Back Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren 5u @ [1.9]