Gary | Tue 27/09/2016 - 22:02 EDT

Ryder Cup Picks

Ryder Cup Winners

By Angelo Montilla

There’s a fresh outlook surrounding the American Ryder Cup team heading into this year’s tournament.

After watching Europe capture the coveted trophy eight times in the last 10 matches, the Americans spent the past two years retooling for the 2016 Ryder Cup, which gets underway on Friday at Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Much of that change came following a third-straight defeat in 2014, which led to five-time major champion Phil Mickelson criticizing U.S. Captain Tom Watson’s decision making throughout the tournament.

With Davis Love III now leading the Team USA as Captain, the Americans feel their chances of reclaiming the historic Ryder Cup trophy are very strong.

“I think we have a great opportunity,” Mickelson told bbc.com. “We have been given, for the first time in 20 years that I have been involved in the Ryder Cup, actual input, actual say, kind of ownership if you will, of the Ryder Cup.”

Here are a few betting options to consider heading into this week’s Ryder Cup.

Spieth

Top American

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is expected to lead the star-studded U.S. team in the tournament. Bovada oddsmakers have a +350 line set that Johnson will be the top American player when all is said and done. While Johnson is a good choice, keep an eye on Jordan Spieth, who had a remarkable 2015 season but has struggled considerably this year. Spieth did show signs of brilliance in the Tour Championship, where he carded 68 in the opening and final rounds to place 17th. This is the perfect opportunity for Spieth to close out the year on a high note, as Bovada has a +450 line the 23-year-old will top all American golfers.

Pick: Jordan Spieth (+450)

Rory McIlroy

Top European

Rory McIlroy, fresh off a FedEx Cup triumph, is a +330 favorite to be the top European player, and for good reason. McIlroy, a four-time major winner and world No. 3, has not been on the losing side of a Ryder Cup tournament since making his debut at Celtic Manor in 2010. Another European to consider is defending British Open champ Henrik Stenson, who has enjoyed a career season. Despite faltering in his last two tournaments, Stenson remains a legitimate favorite on a European team lacking star power. The Swede is pegged at +600 by Bovada to top all European golfers.

Pick: Rory McIlroy (+330)

Matt Kuchar

Top American Wildcard

Bovada oddsmakers have Rickie Fowler as the favorite at +225 to be the top American wildcard. Fowler has not won a single PGA Tour stop in 2016, but was a runner-up at the Phoenix Open. Pegged as one of the Captain’s Picks, Matt Kuchar is another potential American wildcard to watch closely. Bovada has a +240 line set that Kuchar will be the U.S. team’s surprise competitor at the Ryder Cup. Kuchar too has been held without a Tour victory in 2016, but has placed in the top 10, 10 times this season.

Pick: Matt Kuchar (+240)

Danny Willett

Top European Wildcard

Television commentator and former PGA Tour legend Johnny Miller called this group of European golfers “their worst team for many years.” The obvious choice to this point would have to be Danny Willett — the 2016 Masters champion.

The only problem is, after Willett captured that coveted Green Jacket, the Englishman has done virtually nothing with his best finish coming at the U.S. Open where he placed 37th. Bovada still considers Willett as the Europe wildcard favorite at +275.

Pick: Danny Willett (+275)

usa

Ryder Cup Champion

The 2016 Ryder Cup will be the 39th instalment of the tournament, which pits 24 of the very best American and European players clash in match play format. The Americans hold an all-time 25-13 edge over their European counterparts. Despite having lost eight out of the last 10 Ryder Cup tournaments, Bovada oddsmakers have the Americans as the -185 favorites while the Europeans are pegged at +185 to win it all. With Europe fielding one of the weakest teams it has in years, this will finally be Team USA’s chance to finally snap a long-standing Ryder Cup slump.

Pick: United States (-185)

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