When Davis Love III, the United States Ryder Cup team captain, addressed reporters on a conference call this week, his enthusiasm regarding the U.S. squad was infectious.
“I think we have a great variety of guys and we certainly have to look at pairings and we have to look at personalities and things like that, and obviously you find two guys that are really hot with a putter the next three weeks, you know they are going to get a good shot, too,” Love said.
The U.S. remains a slight betting favorite against Europe in the 2012 Ryder Cup, scheduled for Sept. 25 to 30 at Medinah Country Club near Chicago.
Most Las Vegas sportsbooks that offer Ryder Cup wagering post a three-way betting line that includes a draw. The consensus Vegas line has the U.S. at even money to win the event with Europe at +120 and a draw at +1000 or 10-1.
Those prices give the house a theoretical hold percentage of about 4.3 percent, which compares favorably to the house edge of about 4.5 percent on a standard straight sports bet in which each side is lined at -110.
Love hinted that Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would be two of his four captain’s picks, joining qualifiers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe’s captain, will name his roster later this month.