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Luke Donald has been left out, despite being on the winning team in four previous Ryder Cups
Since the US Open in June, Luke Donald has played in seven golf tournaments and only finished higher than 40th once, while missing two cuts. Based on this level of form, it is understandable why he has been neglected as one of Europe’s three wildcards for the Ryder Cup, with captain Paul McGinley opting for Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood instead. Coral are offering the stand-out top price of 4/6 that Europe beat the USA at Gleneagles, for the sixth time in seven renewals.
The selections of Poulter and Gallacher are more than understandable. Poulter has triumphed in 12 of his 15 previous Ryder Cup matches and this win ratio of 80% is the highest in the history of the tournament for anyone to have played at least 15 matches. Meanwhile, Gallacher is a form horse with eight top-10 finishes on the European Tour this season, which is more than anyone else. He has also finished seventh and third in his last two starts.
As for Westwood, his selection is not so obvious, apart from the fact he has played in every Ryder Cup since 1997. Since the US Open, Westwood’s record isn’t much better than that of Donald, with a best finish from five starts being a share of 15th. He has also previously indicated that he didn’t have any playing commitments from now until the Ryder Cup, suggesting his game will be far from razor sharp. Whereas Westwood has lost five of his last eight singles matches at the Ryder Cup, Donald has won 70% of his matches, which is a record that is only bettered by Poulter and the legendary Arnold Palmer. Plus, Donald has never been on the losing team in his four Ryder Cups.
The Europe win price with Coral is a good one, but could have been even more lucrative if Donald was selected at Westwood’s expense.
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