The race to make the Ryder Cup team is heating up among some of the top golfers in the USA and many of the contenders will be in action at the Wyndham Championship this week.
<p>The race to make the Ryder Cup team is heating up among some of the top golfers in the USA, and many of the contenders will be in action at the Wyndham Championship this week as they bid to secure vital points and force their way into Davis Love III’s team. Expect a strong showing from those candidates, and from golfers with less lofty ambitions. It is also the final week of the PGA Tour regular season before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, and several golfers are trying to break into the top 125 and earn a spot in The Barclays week.</p><p>The Wyndham Championship takes place at Sedgefield Country Club, which is one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour. It ranked 40<sup>th</sup> of 52 courses last year in terms of difficulty, and it should develop into a birdie fest. It has short holes that offer golfers a good 12 or 13 birdie opportunities per round, from close range, although the greens are quite small, so the ideal candidate would typically be someone with a better than average drive and excellent putting ability. Love himself won it last year and he fits that mould, but he is unable to defend it due to injury.</p><p>He will be keeping a close eye on developments, however, as the Ryder Cup starts next month and he will be desperate to put an end to Europe’s three match winning streak and earn the USA’s first victory since 2008. The top eight golfers in the Ryder Cup rankings qualify automatically, and he gets four wildcard picks. The top eight is currently Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Kopeka, Zach Johnson, JB Holmes and Patrick Reed. Ninth placed is Brandt Snedecker. Both Reed and Snedecker are taking part in the Wyndham Championship and are one big week away from securing a spot on the team.</p><p>World number 14 Reed is the favourite here, best priced at 16/1 with Paddy Power, and justifiably so as he is a previous winner of the tournament, taking his maiden PGA Tour victory here in 2013. He arrives at the tournament in good form, having carded an excellent final round at Rio to finish 11<sup>th</sup> overall, and he has been finishing in the top 15 for most of the summer. The field here is a little weaker than some of the tournaments he has competed in, so he will have a good chance of going a little better and challenging the top four.</p><p>Snedecker is fourth favourite at <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&book=Betvictor">25/1 with Bet Victor</a> and Boylesports, and he is another former winner of this tournament, all the way back in 2007. He has also secured a subsequent two top five finishes, and will be going all out to secure that Ryder Cup spot. At 25/1 he looks great value, especially if you back him each way at Boylesports, which pays out on the top five each way as opposed to the top four at Bet Victor.</p><p>Rickie Fowler, the only golfer competing in this tournament that is higher than Reed in the world rankings, is a good each way bet too at 40/1 with Paddy Power. He is only 12<sup>th</sup> in the Ryder Cup race and will be keen to impress Love. Each way bets on Snedecker and Fowler could be the way to go at the Wyndham thanks to the Ryder Cup factor.</p><p>Bookmakers are starting to look ahead to the Ryder Cup and they expect the USA to put an end to that European winning streak. It will be held on their soil, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, and USA is odds-on favourites with most bookmakers. Bet365 is offering 8/13, William Hill has 4/6 and Ladbrokes will only go to 4/7. The best price on offer is at Betway, which is offering even money, a great price if you fancy the USA. It makes sense as in the world top 20 at present, there are nine Americans and just four Europeans, while in Dustin Johnson they have arguably the form player of 2016. But Europe will be buoyed by the form of Henrik Stenson, who won his first major this year when he beat Phil Mickelson on a thrilling final day at The Open, and followed this up with a silver at the Olympics. The man who beat him to gold, England’s Justin Rose, will also feature, and the team will be full of quality. On his day Rory McIlroy can beat anybody, while in Danny Willett they have another of the season’s four major winners. You write off Europe at your peril: they have been underdogs many times recently and still found a way to win. You can get 7/4 on Europe winning the Ryder Cup at <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4824&book=Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4832&book=888Sport">888 Sport</a>, and that looks a great bet right now.</p><p> </p>