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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Home superiority should lead to a European success

Tommy Fleetwood could play a starring role

Tommy Fleetwood is primed for his Ryder Cup debut
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Europe have not lost a home Ryder Cup since the Belfry in 1993 but, despite winning seven of the last eight matches played on their own soil, the home team are outsiders against a star-studded US contingent.

For all the quality at his disposal, Jim Furyk cannot match the Europeans for course knowledge and Le Golf National could prove to be the difference between the teams this weekend.

Furyk can count on a galaxy of big names including world number one Dustin Johnson, dual 2018 Major champion Brooks Koepka, Masters champion and American lynchpin Patrick Reed and a rejuvenated Tiger Woods. The rest of his squad isn't too shabby either.

But to say this is a mismatch would be doing Thomas Bjorn and his team a huge disservice.

Rory McIlroy is still top class despite going four years without a Major. Justin Rose is in the form of his life, as is Francesco Molinari, while the return of wildcard Ian Poulter could prove significant.

Much has been made of Bjorn's other picks but Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey are all confident match players and part of a group who know how to operate around Le Golf National.

While the tight Parisian track will not necessarily suit the some of the US players, European rookie Tommy Fleetwood will be at home in the French capital.

The world number 12 won the 2017 French Open and is likely to be heavily involved. He is worth backing to be top European scorer.

3pts 13-10 Betfair, Betway
T Fleetwood top European scorer
1pt 17-2 Sky Bet

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Jim Furyk can not match the Europeans for course knowledge and Le Golf National could prove to be the difference
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