Perry: 2 Ryder Cup Singles Matches With Betting Value, Including Tiger vs. Rahm
USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tiger Woods and Jon Rahm
- Europe just needs to win 4.5 points on Day 3 at the 2018 Ryder Cup to win the event.
- Joshua Perry analyzes two singles matches with betting value on Sunday, including the showdown between Tiger Woods and Jon Rahm.
It was more of the same for Europe.
The home squad handled the United States 5-3 again on Saturday, stretching its lead to 10-6.
Europe is now a massive -650 favorite to clinch the event, with just 4.5 points needed to lift the trophy.
On Sunday, we have 12 singles matches left to decide the event.
The U.S. usually has an advantage in this format, but that four-point deficit is probably a little much to overcome.
I’ve targeted a pair of matchups that I’ll be betting as the tournament reaches its conclusion.
Let’s dig in.
All odds as of 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Tiger Woods (-115) over Jon Rahm (BookMaker)
Neither has won a match but not all winless stretches are created equal. Tiger has played fine, but he’s been saddled with Patrick Reed, who has been a disaster this week.
He’s also had to face Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari three times. Those two are playing out of their minds and Tiger just couldn’t hang with them by himself.
Meanwhile, Rahm has really struggled this week. He lost with Justin Rose and Ian Poulter as partners.
Rose and Poulter went a combined 3-1 with other teammates, so it appears Rahm has been holding back some of his teammates.
Tiger was clearly frustrated following the second day of play and I’d expect him to come out firing.
In his career, Tiger is now 9-20-1 in fourball and foursome matches, but he’s only lost one singles match in seven tries.
He’s up against a player who’s not in form right now and with this line essentially implying a coin flip, there’s a decent amount of value in betting on Woods.
Tyrrell Hatton (-112) over Patrick Reed (BetDSI)
As I mentioned earlier, Reed has been awful this week. He can’t keep the driver in play and was just giving away holes left and right, basically forcing Tiger to play by himself for two days.
Hatton has been rock solid this week. He went 1-1 with Paul Casey, but was able to make a lot of putts and take some holes off Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler to pull an upset Saturday morning.
Reed is getting some respect because of his past Ryder Cup performances, but his game is in shambles.
It’s more than just the pressure of playing with Tiger because he was really poor a week ago at the Tour Championship.
I don’t see Reed really providing much of a fight, and Hatton should have some confidence after a steady couple of matches.