Is It Time To Bet On Major American Success?
Americans have risen to the top of world golf recently. The last three majors captured by those among a group of young, hungry and supremely talented American players all spurring one another on to greater heights. The rest of the world should be very afraid.
Major Dominance By American Golfers
Several young stars continue to go from strength to strength. Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas cemented a great 12 months for American golf by all winning majors.
Sergio Garcia was the lone European to break that parade up with victory at Augusta. The likes of Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson have had poor seasons, relative to their talent, and will need to return stronger still if they are to stop the US stars reaping more rewards.
Spieth confirmed his journey to greatness is very much underway when he produced a masterful display to seize The Open at Royal Birkdale this year.
In doing so, he became one of only a handful of players in history to win three separate majors – that four major head-start Rory enjoyed has all but evaporated. All he needs now is a US PGA to complete a career Grand Slam.
In all honesty, no one expects that particular hurdle to last that long. At 24 he looks destined to achieve it due more to his attitude and desire to win, than on his talent alone.
Not so long ago there was talk about golf’s big three but only Spieth has kicked on, while McIlroy and Jason Day have been found wanting. Check a 5Dimes review and find golf odds and you’ll see that Spieth is the favourite to win three out of the four majors in 2018.
Spieth is OWGR #2 just behind fellow American Dustin Johnson, who failed to win a major in 2017 but still claimed victory in four other tournaments. While stuck on just one career major, at 33 (and a wedge game that is simply stunning) he has plenty of golf ahead of him and can certainly add to that tally thanks to the phenomenal length of his drives and his improving all-round game.
He’s favourite to win next year’s US Open, the only major in which Spieth does not head the betting.
Meanwhile Thomas has surged up to OWGR #4 in the world after winning the US PGA and the FedEx Cup in quick succession in the past couple of months.
He took a little longer than his good friend Spieth to deliver on his promise, but is now a force to be reckoned with. Thomas is also just 24 and he and his buddy have set up a potential domination of the sport for some time.
Throw in Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, who both have the game to win a major before too long, as well as Koepka, and the USA have a phenomenal core of talented young players.
Team USA Has Found A Successful Formula
The USA thrashed Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup and will fancy their chances of successfully defending it next year after a dominant 2017 where they destroyed the rest of the world (aka The International Team) in the Presidents Cup.
It is unsurprising then that the USA are favourites to win the 2018 Ryder Cup, but what is surprising is the odds on offer.
The USA are 11/10 and Europe are 13/10, so the bookmakers are predicting a close encounter – the third kind being the draw!
And it should be close, it’s been a difficult call for a number of years now and the competition is being played on European soil in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France.
But with the Team USA already being tagged 11/10 favourites, the ‘away’ team looks a very attractive bet right now. Especially the way they are all comfortably winning – both individually and as a team.
So who can halt the American dominance? McIlroy is the obvious candidate, but he has a bit of a disastrous 2017 and slipped to #6 in the OWGR. Fans will hope a period of rest pays off and he emerges stronger than ever in 2018, but the competition is fierce.
Stenson, Garcia and even Francesco Molinari will all be important players for Team Europe, while veteran battlers like Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter look certain to miss out and leave a big Ryder Cup shaped jigsaw piece missing for Captain Thomas Björn.
What do you think?
Have Europe got the players to beat, what’s shaping up to be, an all-star US team?