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- Day 1 of the 2018 Ryder Cup will get underway at 2 a.m. ET with four matches between the U.S. and Europe Teams.
- Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas -140 betting favorites to beat the European duo of Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.
- Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are slight favorites (+115 odds) against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood (+130 odds).
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — This year’s Ryder Cup will (finally!) get started on Friday morning at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).
As a reminder, the session will feature the fourball format, where teammates will play their own ball through the entire hole. The lowest score among those two players is counted for their team.
The matchups were announced by U.S. captain Jim Furyk and European captain Thomas Bjorn at the end of the opening ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
Let’s break ‘em down and offer some predictions.
All odds are via Sportsbook.ag and current as of Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET.
A quick explanation on some of the odds you’ll see below: A $100 bet on +190 odds would return $190, a $250 bet on -250 odds would return $100, etc.
Match 1: Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (USA) vs. Justin Rose/Jon Rahm (EUR)
- Koepka/Finau Odds: +190
- Rose/Rahm Odds: -125
- Halve Odds: +500
Well, it won’t take long for Furyk to be second-guessed in his first major decision of the week. Instead of pairing two wily veterans to kick things off, he put Koepka with Finau, a rookie who was the last player to make this team.
Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but the Utah native looked nervous just in his Thursday afternoon press conference; that first-tee experience will certainly produce some jitters.
I really like the stone-cold Koepka this week, though, and I think he’s the key in this match. While I like opposite-minded players paired in the fourball format, the personalities of Rose and Rahm might be too disparate.
Despite that, give me the U.S. duo in an upset here, as Koepka leads the team on the front nine, until Finau loosens up and starts making some birdies.
Prediction: Koepka/Finau (+190)