Ryder Cup 2008 Betting Form Guide

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If you're looking forward to the Ryder Cup and fancy adding a bit of extra spice to proceedings then you need some betting advice with our 'Ryder Cup 2008 Betting Form Guide' on who's hot and who's not as we go into the biggest golf event of the year. 

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Ryder Cup Betting Form Guide | EUROPE

Padraig Harrington: Booked his ticket to Valhalla in the best possible style by decisively retaining his British Open title at Birkdale and winning the USPGA, though captain Faldo must have been just as pleased when the popular Dubliner maintained his grip on the Claret Jug. You’ve probably forgotten that he also finished tied 5th at Augusta.
Ryder Cup record: Played 17, Won 7, Lost 8, Halved 2

Lee Westwood: Although he blew it at The Open, he excelled in the US Open (3rd) and US Masters (tied 11th). He’s enjoying a major form revival with the many hours spent with Mark Roe working on his ailing short game paying handsome dividends. Done everything apart from winning this season with several top 10s including tied 2nd in the HSBC and Abu Dhabi Championships.
Ryder Cup record: Played 20, Won 12, Lost 5, Halved 3

Miguel Angel Jimenez: The vastly experienced, flamboyant Spaniard has practically been setting the course alight wherever he’s played this season. Followed up his Hong Kong Open win by capturing the BMW Championship at Wentworth. Went close too in the Barclays Scottish Open (tied 3rd).
Ryder Cup record: Played 9, Won 2, Lost 5, Halved 2

Robert Karlsson: The super-Swede has been Mr Consistency this term with a string of top 10s, highlighted by tied 4th in the US Open and tied 8th in the Masters. Also finished runner-up in Hong Kong and Wales Opens while securing third spot in the BMW Championship.
Ryder Cup record: Played 3, Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 2

Henrik Stenson: The big-hitting Swede loves match play – he came third in this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play – and playing in the desert too (tied 2nd in Abu Dhabi and runner-up in Qatar).
Ryder Cup record: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 1

Graeme McDowell: Enjoying a highly successful season and should maintain the prolific Irish Ryder Cup connection. Won the Ballantine’s Open earlier in the season and impressively followed up by finishing 3rd in the European Open and clinching the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut. Click here to see a recent interview with Graeme McDowell

Sergio Garcia: Brilliantly won The Players Championship – regarded as the fifth major – earlier in the season though worryingly the real Majors still elude him. However, he seems to be putting better these days and finished runner-up in the European Open at the London Club and the USPGA.
Ryder Cup record: Played 20, Won 14, Lost 4, Halved 2

Justin Rose: Like many others, had a torrid time in the wind at Royal Birkdale but at least seems to have recovered from the back trouble which sidelined him earlier in the campaign. His best showing saw him finish tied 2nd in The Memorial Tournament.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut. Click here to see some Justin Rose swing tips...

Ian Poulter:  A pretty ordinary season for Poults until he so nearly struck Open gold at Birkdale, just missing out to Harrington. Forced to withdraw from the US Open through injury, Poulter’s only European Tour top 10 placing came in Abu Dhabi. Ryder Cup record: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

Soren Hansen: What is it about the Scandinavians? They do everything but win. Like Karlsson, Dane Hansen has managed several top 10s this term with his best efforts being in the French and Spanish Opens (3rd).
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Oliver Wilson: He's not won on Tour yet, but he's producing some sparkling displays. Surely his first victory can’t be far away – he finished second in the BMW PGA Championship and the Italian and South Africa Airways Championships.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Paul Casey: The powerful Englishman put in a great performance in the 2006 Ryder Cup including a spectacular hole-in-one. He suffered a slow start to the season but he's regained his form with top 10s at The Open, BMW International Open, WGC Bridgestone Invitiational and The Barclays.
Ryder Cup record: Played 6, Won 3, Lost 1, Halved 2

 

Ryder Cup Betting Form Guide | USA

Stewart Cink: Was one of America’s best players at the K Club and Uncle Sam will be hoping for more of the same from the man who has usually been there or thereabouts in 2008, winning the Travelers Championship, finishing runner-up in the WGC- Match Play Championship and tied 3rd in both the Masters and Buick Invitational.
Ryder Cup record: Played 12, Won 3, Lost 5, Halved 4

Phil Mickelson: With Tiger sidelined, so much will be resting on big Phil’s shoulders. But it’s been an in and out season for ‘Lefty’ who came to grief in The Open earlier tied 5th at Augusta and won both the Northern trust Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Ryder Cup record: Played 25, Won 9, Lost 12, Halved 4

Kenny Perry: Has been around for ages but is definitely getting better with age as his late-season hat-trick of wins (Memorial Tournament, Buick Open and John Deere Classic) readily testify.
Ryder Cup record: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 2, Halved 0

Jim Furyk: He may have the weirdest swing in the game, but Gentleman Jim is a rock solid performer who can be relied upon in the heat of battle. No wins this season but came close in both the WGC-CA Championship (tied 2nd) and AT&T National (tied 3rd).
Ryder Cup record: P 20, Won 6, Lost 12, Halved 2

Anthony Kim: The rising young star of American golf, the 23-year-old has taken this season by storm, not looking back since finishing tied 3rd in January’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He went on to capture both the Wachovia and AT&T National titles and made a big Open impression at Birkdale too.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Justin Leonard: The hero of Brookline 1999, the gutsy Texan should add some much-needed steel to the US side. The 97 Open champ is enjoying a profitable campaign crowned by his play-off success in the St Jude Championship.
Ryder Cup record: Played 8, Won 0, Lost 3, Halved 5

Boo Weekley: The big-hitter from the Deep South will be on home territory and as a result can expect vociferous support. He’s proved h e can compete with the best by winning the Verizon Heritage event and finishing tied 4th in the Stanford St Jude Championship.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Steve Stricker: The world no. 8 quietly but effectively goes about his work particularly this season which has seen him achieve a cluster of top 10s - the pick of the crop being in the Mercedes-Benz Championship (2nd) and The Open (tied 7th).
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Ben Curtis: The 2003 Open champion has had a great year that's seen him surge up the world rankings to number 33. This is thanks in no small part to good finishes in the season's final two Majors - tied 7th at the Open and tied 2nd at the USPGA.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Hunter Mahan: Mahan made the team despite making some controversial comments about the Ryder Cup earlier in the summer. Azinger saw past that, instead focusing on the solid performances of an up-and-coming star including a tied 2nd finish at the Travelers Championship.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

JB Holmes: The big-hitter is a Kentucky native who knows Valhalla like the back of his hand but he's also playing some pretty good golf, which led him to victory at the FBR Open earlier in the season.
Ryder Cup record: making his debut.

Chad Campbell: The world number 53 is the only one of Azinger's four captain's picks to have previous Ryder Cup experience and he's putt a good season together this year, with three top 10s in his last six starts.
Ryder Cup record: Played 6, Won 1, Lost 3, Halved.