Eur the best Kaymer
When looking at the potential winner of the Ryder Cup, it is important to remember it is 'a battle of tactics'.
Both sides are led by men that will be recognised in Ryder Cup folklore, Monty and Pavin will not be playing but it is their decisions that will win either America or Europe the Ryder Cup.
Montgomerie has already been making some important decisions, after Edoardo Molinari's heroics in the last few months he decided to leave Casey at home. He now has both Molinari brothers onboard and an erratic but experienced Padraig Harrington.
Whether this decision was a master-stroke or an ill-informed choice, only time will tell! Europe are outright favourites at 4/6 and although there are a fair few Ryder Cup rookies in the side, they should all rise to the occasion.
Monty has kept everyone guessing about his Ryder Cup pairings. The only pairings in practice this week that have looked definate selections are the Molinari brothers and the Northern Ireland duo of McDowell and Mcllroy.
McDowell is 13/2 to be the top European points scorer and he performed magnificently around the Twenty Ten course when he won the Wales Open in June. Two weeks later he went on to win the US Open where he became the first British player to win the US major in over thirty years.
He is a player in-form and he has the confidence and fans backing to set the course alight.
The 9/2 on offer for Martin Kaymer to be top debutant is a tempting punt, although he is technically a 'Rookie', he went to the Ryder Cup two years ago with Faldo to gain experience and the feeling for the Ryder Cup.
He knows what the Ryder Cup is about and he is another in-form player, he could heap misery on America. He has won three times worldwide this season and he won the coveted PGA Championship.
Nick Faldo's idea may pay dividends and Kaymer has the maturity of a player with many years of Ryder Cup experience. Lee Westwood is the most experienced Ryder Cup player, it is likely on Friday that he will be paired with Kaymer on day one and that can only encourage them to perform well in Friday's four balls.
Looking at the markets concerning day one's play, I think Europe could set the pace.
I fancy Europe/Europe in the Four Ball/Foursome Winner Double, the Americans play in poor weather at home but the course conditions suit Europe. The course is far more overgrown than when it catered for the Welsh Open over four months ago, if you hit a wild tee shot, then you will be punished if it lands in the rough.
For the American big hitters like Dustin Johnson length will not matter, if he puts it in the rough he will struggle to get out. If the weather worsens it could be an interesting first day of play.
Europe are too short for me at 4/6 to back outright but with the current poor weather and the overgrown course, Europe should hold the upper hand on America. They have players like the Molinari brothers who will revel in such conditions and America may struggle to retain the trophy.