Ryder Cup 2016: A quintet of betting tips for Sunday's singles
Looking forward to one of the great days in golf betting, Paul Krishnamurty lists and explains the rationale behind his five best bets for Sunday's singles...
"Reed is the American version of Ian Poulter. A confrontational player with nerves of absolute steel, who comes alive in this atmosphere. As on debut in 2014, he has been superb all week and will get the most credit if the USA win.
Back Patrick Reed to beat Rory McIlroy 4u @ [2.7]
Choosing the team order on the final day is one of the great challenges for a Ryder Cup captain, for which there is no correct strategy. Davis Love and Darren Clarke, however, have very much the same plan in mind. Start with your strongest player and rely on them leading from the front.
The result is this mouthwatering contest. Without taking anything away from magnificent McIlroy, my bet was certain the moment the draw was done, as this meets two of my fundamental matchplay criteria. Back specialists and back selective outsiders over 18 holes.
Reed is the American version of Ian Poulter. A confrontational player with nerves of absolute steel, who comes alive in this atmosphere. As on debut in 2014, he has been superb all week and will get the most credit if the USA win, especially if winning this match. If anyone can take down Rory, it is him and I'm happy to take [2.7] about him against anyone in this format.
Back Ryan Moore to beat Lee Westwood 4u @ [2.1]
Yesterday's 17th hole exchange involving these two could prove to be the key turning point of this Ryder Cup. Moore's par three put the pressure on Westwood's putt and, not for the first time this week, the 43 year-old failed to deliver from relatively short range.
Lee struggled on Thursday and, although he improved in yesterday's match, he's clearly not at his best. Nor, even at his peak, has this Ryder Cup legend ever been a great 18-hole match-player. He's lost six of nine previous singles matches in this competition and has a poor World Matchplay record.
Back Chris Wood to beat Dustin Johnson 3u @ [3.25]
The fact that 18-hole matchplay is the game's greatest leveller is a golden betting rule and the final day singles has seen many a massive upset in the past. For my money, this is the most likely.
Having played only one round and won it, Wood is fresh and with reason to feel confident. Whereas Dustin has had a slightly disappointing event, winning only one point from three, and showed in last Sunday's FedEx Cup finale how erratic and unreliable he can be over one round. His record in the premier 18-hole matchplay event, the World Matchplay, is poor too.
Back Matt Kuchar to beat Martin Kaymer 5u @ [1.85]
After the way he's played in three defeats, opposing Kaymer looks a no-brainer. As a big fan and repeat backer of the German, he's been a big disappointment and is obviously just struggling.
The last thing he needs is to play an experienced matchplay specialist. With two points from three, Kooch is enjoying a decent Ryder Cup and is in good spirits after partnering Mickelson to a really pivotal point yesterday afternoon.
Back Zach Johnson to beat Matthew Fitzpatrick 5u @ [1.85]
At the risk of sounding like one of those awful armchair captains, what on earth is Darren Clarke thinking putting Fitzpatrick out last? If Europe are to win, it will surely boil down to this final group. The pressure on an inexperienced rookie - not to mention stick from the crowd - could prove unbearable. If the USA have already won, he'll face a similarly tough experience with the crowd going wild.
In stark contrast, Davis Love has gone for the team's second most experienced Ryder Cupper - a dual major champion and prolific winner - to bring home the bacon. Earlier in the day, I'd have considered backing the outsider. Positioned here, the favourite looks solid.