2018 Ryder Cup Preview: Webb Simpson’s Excellent Putting Should Help U.S. Team

Sep 25, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

For betting odds and analysis of all 24 golfers in the 2018 Ryder Cup field, check out this page.


Webb Simpson’s Ryder Cup Betting Odds

  • Odds to be highest-scoring golfer: +3300
  • Odds to be highest-scoring team member: +2000
  • Point total odds: 1.5 (o +110, u -140)
  • Ryder Cup appearances: 2
  • Ryder Cup match play history: 0-1-1 (0.0%)
  • Ryder Cup foursome history: 0-1 (0.0%)
  • Ryder Cup fourball history: 2-1 (66.6%)

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Webb Simpson’s Ryder Cup Outlook

Best asset: Putting. Following his Players Championship victory, Simpson spoke about how the anchoring ban has actually helped him become an improved putter, maintaining that he never would’ve been better than good using the old method.

Worst asset: Scar tissue. Four years ago, Simpson led off this event by sky-balling a tee shot and getting pummeled alongside partner Bubba Watson, setting the tone for an uninspired effort from the U.S. team.

Ryder Cup Confidence Rating: 5 out of 10. With top 20s at all four majors this year, Simpson is a different player than he was in the past, but we should still take a wait-and-see approach before anointing him a confident pick this week.


Expert Predictions: Over/Under 1.5 Points

Sobel: Over
Perry: Under
Mears: Under


Webb Simpson’s Metrics

Here’s how Simpson ranks in the Ryder Cup field in several key metrics.

  • Strokes Gained: Total: 9th in world, 8th in field
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 34th in world, 17th in field
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 22nd in world, 8th in field
  • Strokes Gained: Putting: 6th in world, 2nd in field

Want more Ryder Cup coverage? Check out this page for tips on the 24 golfers in the field.

Credit:

Sep 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Webb Simpson tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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