The Ryder Cup returns to Scotland for the first time in over forty years this month, so half a lifetime of scoreline stats awaits those in search of the best way to make money from a likely home win.
Europe are 11/20 to triumph for the seventh time in nine attempts, but we’ve dug through the data to source the canniest routes to profit from the greatest show in golf.
Europe 19-9 USA @ 66/1
The biggest beatings Europe have ever handed out to their foes from across the Atlantic came one after the other in 2004-06, when Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam captained a brace of 18 ½ to 9 ½ point maulings in Oakland Hills and County Kildare.
Affairs have been tighter since, but there’s little doubt that US golf is at a low ebb, with three major trophies currently residing with the home team, who look somewhat stronger throughout.
Paul McGinley would become the fifth European captain on the bounce to win when hosting, and with stars such as Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson – a quintet to rival any in world golf right now – the Irishman can be hopeful of it being convincing.
Europe 14 ½-13 ½ USA @ 9/1
As it’s the Ryder Cup though, this scoreline – which the last two renewals have seen come up – is much the likelier.
One way or another, these have been the final numbers in six of the last 11 tournaments. Even a 10-6 USA lead going into the last day couldn’t stop them in 2012.
USA 15-13 Europe @ 12/1
There is a case to be made regarding a 15/8 USA win; they were terrible from 2004-06, then won 16 ½ to 11 ½ in 2008; they have old heads like Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson, plus in-form youngsters Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler; their players out-performed Europe’s in last week’s FedExCup play-off.
You have to go all the way back to 1993 to find an away USA Ryder Cup triumph though, while the last in Scotland was 20 years prior to that.
Europe finished with 13 points on both occasions, so – as shots in the dark go – this may not be the worst double-digit shout.