The United States and Europe are gearing up for one of the most eagerly anticipated Ryder Cup tournaments in recent memory (a great tournament for golf betting), with both sides boasting numerous players who are coming off of fantastic seasons.
While Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia will most likely attract the most media attention that has already begun at Medinah, two other players could prove critical to which side lift the trophy this year.
Both Brandt Snedeker and Ian Poulter are respective wildcard picks for the US and Europe, and both have the potential to win crucial points for their sides this week.
Snedeker, a Captain’s pick, is playing with a lot of confidence heading into his debut Ryder Cup. The Nashville-born golfer won the PGA Tour Championship along with the $10 million dollar FedEx Cup check just last week. Snedeker plays with a lot of emotion and intensity, which will be a welcomed sight to the US fans. His putter will be a compliment to many different players on the US side in the foursome and fourball events.
Poulter, meanwhile, is returning to Ryder Cup competition after missing the Celtic Manor matches in 2010. Although not winning a PGA tour event this season, Poulter one of the best match play golfers in the game. He was also the highest points scorer for the European team at Valhalla in 2008. The Englishman has also won eight of his 11 previous Ryder Cup matches.
On paper it looks as if the US has a bit of an advantage, but for many of us who have watched the Ryder Cup over the years, we all know how unpredictable the event is. All golf enthusiasts should always check the latest odds for Ryder Cup.