Europe Still Underdogs For The Ryder Cup After Thomas Bjorn Names Vice Captains

Team Europe's captain Thomas Bjorn has announced his vice-captains for the Ryder Cup later this year and he has gone for proven winners in selecting his assistants. Europe will be bidding to beat the USA in Paris and we take a look at the latest Ryder Cup betting odds following the announcement...

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Bjorn has selected Lee Westwood as one of his five vice-captains for the three-day tournament at Le Golf National from 28 September, with Westwood boasting a remarkable record of being part of seven Ryder Cup winning teams.

Westwood could still qualify to play but he is down at 117th in the world rankings and the vice captaincy could provide a perfect springboard for him to stake his claims to be the outright captain at Whistling Straits in 2020.

Likewise, Padraig Harrington has expressed an interest in the captaincy before and he will again be vice-captain after taking on the role for Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke in the past.

Graeme McDowell, the man who secured the winning point during Europe's victory in 2010, and Luke Donald might both still harbour hopes of being part of the playing team, while Robert Karlsson adds further experience to the captaincy unit.

The announcement has had little effect on the betting market for the Ryder Cup as Europe are still marginal underdogs at 5/4 with Ladbrokes. The European team are looking to reclaim the trophy after losing 17-11 to the USA at Hazeltine in 2016.

USA are 10/11 favourites with Bet 365 and their captain, Jim Furyk, has named David Love III, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods as his assistants, although Woods is keen to earn a playing position on the team.

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Posted: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
Author: Chris Knight