Golf By Joe Crilly

Gamble Proves Incorrect After Clarke’s Wildcards…US Favourites For Ryder Cup

With Darren Clarke picking Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters as his three wildcards, William Hill make Europe a 13/8 shot to win the Ryder Cup with the US 8/13 and the tie 10/1. The announcement is in contrast to a gamble on Monday afternoon that saw punters backing Luke Donald being one of the picks to the point that betting was suspended.

“On Monday, we saw a number of bets being placed on Luke Donald to the point that we had to suspend betting, we did not reopen the market as in our eyes, Donald was a certainty,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “Pieters is a man in form however and he is more than an able wildcard selection.”


2016 Ryder Cup winner: 8/13 United States; 13/8 Europe; 10/1 tie

Top European player: 5/1 Rory McIlroy; 6/1 Henrik Stenson; 6/1 Sergio Garcia; 7/1 Justin Rose; 9/1 Danny Willett; 9/1 Rafael Cabrera-Bello; 10/1 Matthew Fitzpatrick; 10/1 Lee Westwood; 10/1 Martin Kaymer; 12/1 Chris Wood; 16/1 Andy Sullivan; 16/1 Thomas Pieters

BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year: 1/5 Leicester City; 7/1 GB Olympic Cycling team; 8/1 GB Olympic women’s hockey team; 14/1 Wales Euro 2016 squad; 20/1 England’s Rugby Union squad; 25/1 Ryder Cup golf team; 33/1 BAR