Ryder Cup 2016: Europe bigger than 2/1 after Clarke names final team

Thomas Pieters will make his Ryder Cup debut after a stunning season
Thomas Pieters will make his Ryder Cup debut after a stunning season

Thomas Pieters, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood are the last men into Darren Clarke's team but bettors are moving for the home team on the Betfair Exchange...

"Half the team - Willett, Fitzpatrick, Sullivan, Wood, Cabrera-Bello and Pieters - will be playing their first Ryder Cup and presumably it is that level of inexperience that has pushed Europe's win price out to 3.185/40, having opened at 1.758/11, for September's test at Hazeltine."

Europe have drifted to their biggest Ryder Cup price yet after the announcement of captain Darren Clarke's three wildcard picks.

Thomas Pieters was the only addition that could potentially be termed a surprise, the young Belgian joining the experienced pair of Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer in the 12.

But given Pieters had won three times and finished runner-up twice during the qualification period, and also shot an eye-catching nine-under par opening round of 62 while paired with Clarke at last week's Made In Denmark tournament then no-one could say he didn't deserve his spot in the team.

Scotsman Russell Knox has most reason to feel aggrieved, his two wins this season being two more than either Kaymer or Westwood could achieve. Knox can also point to a world ranking - 20th - that betters Pieters (41), Westwood (46) and Kaymer (50).

The full 12 is made up of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Mathew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Westwood, Kaymer and Pieters.

That means half the team - Willett, Fitzpatrick, Sullivan, Wood, Cabrera-Bello and Pieters - will be playing their first Ryder Cup and presumably it is that level of inexperience that has pushed Europe's win price out to 3.185/40, having opened at 1.758/11, for September's test at Hazeltine.

There had been late rumours of a surprise pick for Luke Donald, the Englishman backed in to a low of 1.21/5 on the Betfair Exchange with £2,000 traded at 1.211/5, but the four-time Ryder Cupper missed out.

US captain Davis Love III will name three of his four wildcards on September 12 with the last man entering the squad five days before the event starts on September 27.

The home side's eight automatic qualifiers are Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson.

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