The Ryder Cup gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota on Friday, September 30 with Europe looking to win one of the most prestigious prizes in the game for the fourth successive time.
Hazeltine is an extremely long golf course – over 7,600 yards long, in fact – with three par-5s in excess of 600 yards, but the rough is cut short, so it’s not as punitive as might otherwise be the case. In other words, the course is set up to suit big-hitters, so Dustin Johnson, second on the PGA Tour for driving distance, looks a decent bet at 15/2 in Top Combined Point Scorer market.
The last time the Ryder Cup was played on US soil, at Medinah Country Club, Illinois, in 2012, Johnson played just three of five possible matches but, four years on, the US Open Champion looks a banker to play all five this time around. In 22 starts on the PGA Tour this season, he’s won the US Open, the Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship, recorded top 10 finishes at the Masters and the Open Championship, to name but two, and missed just one cut. He must take some beating, in any format, over the weekend.
Selection: Dustin Johnson – Top Combined Point Scorer (15/2 with Betfair Sportsbook)