Europe's Ryder Cup stars have had just two days to recover from an epic win against the USA – but bookies expect one of them to be victorious in Scotland this weekend.

Ladbrokes offer just 2-1 on a member of Colin Montgomerie's side winning the Dunhill Links Championship played at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

Although the bulk of the team are playing and eight are in the top 10 in the betting I think it will be a tall order for players who must be physically and emotionally knackered.

The only thing in the favour of players such as Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell is the fact they are playing with their dads in the relaxed pro-am format.

And England's Lee Westwood has the added incentive of knowing he will be crowned world No.1 if he finishes first or second.

Westwood is favourite at a biggest 12-1 with Ladbrokes and Chandler and McIlroy the same odds with William Hill and Ladbrokes.

German Martin Kaymer, hammered in the singles by Dustin Johnson on Monday, is 16-1 with totesport and Ladbrokes and you can have 18-1 on Retief Goosen with Paddy Power.

Goosen will be fresher and must be a shout as is Ernie Els (20-1, Paddy Power) while Swede Robert Karlsson (40-1, bet365) will be out to make a point after his wildcard snub.

Ladbrokes  go 6-1 Westwood is world No.1 on Monday and William Hill offer 16-1 the tournament carries on until Monday due to bad weather, although the forecast is decent.

If you fancy some singles take a look at the match betting. McDowell should finish higher than Padraig Harrington who struggled with his game for most of his Celtic Manor rounds while on-form Frenchman Gregory Bourdy looks a better prospect than his countryman Raphael Jacquelin.

Steven Gallacher has a back injury and could be swept aside by Simon Dyson while you have to fancy Westwood to outscore Ryder Cup pal Fisher.


  • Ernie Els e/w 20-1



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