Ryder Cup 2016: Betting tips for each of Saturday's foursomes matches

This Spanish dream team are pivotal to Euro comeback hopes
This Spanish dream team are pivotal to Euro comeback hopes
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Europe trail the USA 5-3 after an excellent fightback in the fourballs but they'll need to improve massively in the foursomes. Paul Krishnamurty previews Saturday morning's four matches in that format...


"The Spaniards were outstanding in the afternoon and, given Garcia's superb record at foursomes, could represent a bit of value...Both are very accurate and get on well...the right credentials for this format."

Back to lay the tie in Rickie Fowler/Phil Mickelson v Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters
Back the tie 2u @ [6.4]
Place order to lay 4u @ [3.0]


Sometimes in betting, you just have to take a bad run on the chin and persevere, if remaining confident that your fundamental strategy is good. On day one, I tried this back-to-lay the tie plan in three matches, yet none got anywhere near the lay target.

However day one was wierd in the sense that only one of eight matches was close. If matchplay golf was always like that, the Ryder Cup wouldn't have anything like the viewers or popularity it does. Before this renewal is out, there will be plenty of matches that go down the 18th, or at least the 17th, which is what this trade requires to win.

Regarding these specific groups, they are hard to separate. The Americans won in the morning at foursomes without playing spectacularly well. The Europeans played brilliantly together in the afternoon in fourballs, but both players lost at this format in the morning. I'm not wholly convinced that either pairing is ideally suited to foursomes.


Henrik Stenson/Matthew Fitzpatrick to beat Brandt Snedeker/Brooks Koepka 3u @ [2.4]

Fitzpatrick makes his first appearance and the Sheffield lad should be ideally suited to foursomes. In fact, this European pairing looks ideal because both are relentlessly accurate. Stenson was brilliant in the afternoon.

This American pairing get a second outing together after thrashing their European fourball opponents. Without taking anything away from two good players, they may be less likely to thrive with one ball.


Back to lay the tie in Jimmy Walker/Zach Johnson v Justin Rose/Chris Wood
Back the tie 2u @ [6.4]
Place order to lay 4u @ [3.0]


Chris Wood will be the last player to hit a ball having been left out of fourballs but at least he will have the help of an experienced Ryder Cup legend. I did feel beforehand that Wood could be the weak European link and am therefore wary of forming a positive conclusion, despite the presence of Rose.

Equally, I was wrong to write off this American pair at foursomes yesterday, although they were aided by a poor European performance. All things considered, it looks another good scenario to back to lay strategy the tie. To reiterate the argument above, this strategy usually delivers a few winners over the course of five Ryder Cup rounds.



Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera-Bello to beat Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth 2u @ [2.7]


Finally, I'm backing the outsider in a cracking match that could be absolutely pivotal as the morning session draws to a close. Reed and Spieth are an oustanding pair and won brilliantly at foursomes yesterday, but that is reflected by odds around even money.

The Spaniards were also outstanding in the afternoon and, given Garcia's superb record at foursomes, could represent a bit of value here. Both are very accurate and get on well, which adds up to the right credentials for this format.


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