Ryder Cup 2018 tips: Top combined scorer – Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka lead the way for Europe and USA

THE  greatest show in golf is just days away as Europe and USA go head to head again for the Ryder Cup.

The Americans triumphed emphatically at Hazeltine two years ago and have an intimidatingly star-studded side hoping to retain their trophy in Paris.

Justin Rose is the world number one
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Most bookmakers make the holders the slight favourites as a result at 10/11.

But home advantage and a course suited to the shorter hitters could play into the European team’s hands.

So who do we fancy to end the tournament as the highest combined scorer across both teams? Sun Sport runs the rule over a few contenders…

Crucially when thinking about the top scorer market you need to consider which players are likely to play all five matches (Friday fourballs and foursomes, Saturday fourballs and foursomes, Sunday singles).

The American strength in depth might signal a more varied line up day by day with USA captain Jim Furyk eager to make the most of all of his options.

For example, only two American players – Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth – played all five matches in 2016 in contrast to four from Europe.

European captain Thomas Bjorn has less stellar names at his disposal so is more likely to rely on two or three standout stars.

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Justin Rose

  • 11/1 with Sky Bet

The newly crowned world number one will be one of Bjorn’s stalwarts in Paris with years of experience in the competition.

Rose was one of four Europeans to compete in all five matches two years ago and he has a phenomenal individual record in his four appearances.

Rose has lost just twice in 19 matches and, along with Rory McIlroy, will have to continue his incredible record if Europe are to win.

He finished as top combined points scorer in 2014 and is the most obvious European team member to take the accolade again.

Brooks Koepka

  • 11/1 with Bet365

If you were to design a golfer from scratch, they’d probably look a lot like Koepka.

Koepka is a two-time major champion this year and is undoubtedly the man for the big occasion despite his relative tender years.

The US Open and USPGA champion took three and a half points on his debut appearance in 2016 and is a force to be reckoned with both in singles and as a pair.

Patrick Reed

  • 20/1 with Bet365

No player embodies the American spirit like Reed as he appears to come into his own in the Ryder Cup atmosphere.

The Masters champion has finished as the highest American points scorer in both of his appearances so far, beating Rory McIlroy 1 up in an exhilarating singles showdown on the final day at Hazeltine.

He’s established a formidable partnership with Justin Spieth and will embrace being the American Mr Motivator again.

Alex Noren

  • 33/1 with Betfair

The American team may be loaded with more stellar names but course experience gives the Europeans an upper hand before a ball has even been hit.

Le Golf National hosts the French Open every year and the European team boasts the last two winners of the event in Noren and Tommy Fleetwood.

Noren’s accurate iron and short game is tailor made for the course whilst the traditional long hitters may have to think twice about taking out the driver.


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