Our golf expert brings you his preview and predictions for Day Two of the Ryder Cup.
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Everything went to plan on day one for the USA and frankly Europe were a shade lucky to manufacture a 4 point deficit at the end of play. Europe was bagholding passengers all day long yesterday and only Jon Rahm could rescue some respect from the trenches. The gulf in class we talked about pre tournament was there for all to see and I'm afraid to say it looks like it will get worse from here. Harringtons pairings for Friday's foursomes look baffling at first glance with Fleetwood and McIlroy being left out. McIlroy maybe doesn't deserve to play as he was probably the worst performer of the 24 yesterday but it is a big call to leave the Irishman out as he is certainly capable of turning that form around. Poulter looks like he'll be playing fourballs this afternoon too which doesn't quite add up either. Fleetwood and Hovland spurned a great opportunity for a full point late last night but nevertheless looked a decent pairing and I'd have gone with them this morning again if I was Captain. There is no doubt, Harrington is making mistakes.
The Europeans will be delighted if they won todays session 5-3 and went into the singles with a 9-7 deficit. I can't see them getting anywhere close to that mark and more doom looks on the cards today. Rahm and Garcia are the only Europeans favourites in today's foursomes and up against Berger and Koepka they won't have it easy. Rahm looks the only player who can pair with someone and be slight favourite in their match. That doesn't say a lot for McIlroy and he'll be disappointed to miss out. My guess is their arrangement is for him to stay on the range all morning and find his game before going out to deliver a point in the afternoon. It's a big gamble. Spieth and Thomas weren't at their best yesterday but I'd find it hard to see Hovland and Wiesberger cope with the American duo. I'd make Cantlay and Schauffele shorter than their current price to beat Westwood and Fitzpatrick also. Johnson and Morikawa worked well yesterday and should have the beating of Casey and Hatton. I see no hope for Europe and I firmly believe now the home side will go on to win all five sessions.
I'll be having two bets over the weekend with the belief USA will stamp their authority on this once again and romp away with a victory we haven't seen in a while. I'll take the 7/2 that they win both sessions today and the 11/10 they win the event by more than 7 pts. Not what Europeans want to hear...but there can be no way back from this mismatch.
3pts USA Foursomes - USA Fourballs win Friday 7/2
2pts USA to win event by 7 or more points 11/10
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