2021 Ryder Cup Sunday Best Bets, Picks: Buy Collin Morikawa & Sell Justin Thomas
Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Collin Morikawa.
The red, white and blue have been relentless in their pressing of the Europeans this week at Whistling Straits.
Saturday morning was more of the same on Day 2 of the Ryder Cup as the Americans took early leads in three of the four matches. They ultimately lost one of those leads, but overcame the deficit in the other match to again take foursomes 3-1.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia were once again the only European team to post a win, proving to be a force throughout this event. The Spaniards teamed up again in the afternoon, and Rahm showed why he is the top player in the world time and again as they won once more in four-ball.
Another European team finally broke through when Shane Lowry made a lengthy par putt on the 18th hole to secure a full point in what was one of the best matches of the week on Saturday afternoon.
The United States now take an 11-5 lead into Sunday singles where all 12 players from each side will match up in the final session. They will need just 3 1/2 points to secure the cup and are solid favorites in most matches for the third and final day.
Collin Morikawa (-140) over Viktor Hovland
This is one of the matches I am most excited to see on Sunday — a matchup of two young stars, both of whom have played fairly well this week despite Hovland’s record.
The reason I am siding with Morikawa is not just how he has struck the ball this week, but how hot his putter has been in big, hole-deciding moments. We know that Morikawa can run hot in a given week on the greens and he has had the flatstick in good form across his rounds at Whistling Straits.
I expect this one to be a long battle to the late holes on Sunday, but in the end I see Morikawa posting a full point for the Americans.
Tyrrell Hatton (+145) over Justin Thomas
I have been less than impressed by the play of Justin Thomas this week. He simply hasn’t had it for much of the week and has really struggled to get going in the opening nine of his matches.
On the other side, Hatton was the other half of the European team that finally broke through for another point on Saturday evening, and I think he can carry some of the momentum into Sunday.
Hatton is a fiery competitor and won’t give in even with the cup seemingly in hand. These odds are just simply too heavy on Thomas for the form he has shown and for that reason Hatton is my top play for an upset on the final day.