With only a few weeks until the Ryder Cup gets underway, golf fans will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of the tournament, which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This time, we head to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the three-day competition, which sees golfers from the USA and Europe go head-to-head for glory.
As usual, speculation over who will be chosen to represent each team is rife, but with some players qualifying purely based on their ranking, we already know a few of the contenders. Every player wants to be hitting top form as they head towards the Ryder Cup, so let’s take a look at three players who have been at the top of their game recently and will make an impression on those betting on the Ryder Cup.
Collin Morikawa (Team USA)
The hardest thing to believe about Collin Morikawa is not the supreme ease with which he has secured two major championship victories in the last year, but the fact that he has done it at the age of just 24. Morikawa has the potential to be one of golf’s biggest stars, and if he can help Team USA achieve Ryder Cup success, then he’ll take a massive step towards superstardom.
Morikawa is a calm and composed individual, and plays the game in a rather old-school way, preferring accuracy and precision over the contemporary long-driving style of many modern golfers. His quality on the fairways is exactly what you need for the Ryder Cup’s format, and with PGA Championship and Open Championship titles already under his belt, he’ll be hoping to bring his best form to Sheboygan.
Jon Rahm (Team Europe)
After joining golf’s elite by winning his maiden major championship title at the US Open earlier this year, Jon Rahm has a massive weight off his shoulders. The Spaniard has long been considered as a multiple major-winning golfer in waiting, but he just couldn’t get over the line when push came to shove. Now he has that first crown under his belt, he could be an irrepressible force in the game.
Rahm heads to Whistling Straits as Team Europe’s most in-form player, and much of their chances of upsetting the Ryder Cup betting tips will hinge on the 26-year-old’s performances. Having experienced winning the tournament three years ago, Rahm will be keen to help defend the trophy with his European counterparts.
Patrick Cantlay (Team USA)
Fresh from a sensational victory at the BMW Championship last month, Patrick Cantlay has secured his spot in the USA’s Ryder Cup team and will be desperate to prove that he belongs at golf’s top table. He showed tremendous composure to hold off Bryson DeChambeau and win at Caves Valley, and that’s the kind of strong showing the US will need when the going gets tough at Whistling Straits.
Cantlay has long been hovering around as one of the PGA Tour’s best performers. He is yet to win a major championship, but the experience of a first Ryder Cup will stand him in good stead, and he could have a major part to play if Team USA are to come out on top.