There is one overwhelming favourite to be the next European Ryder Cup captain, according to online betting site Sky Bet.
Dane Thomas Bjorn, who assisted Darren Clarke in Europe’s 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine, is 1/10 to lead the team in France in 2018 – with Padraig Harrington (12/1), Miguel Angel Jimenez (20/1) and Paul Lawrie (33/1) trailing in his wake.
This year was the first time Bjorn, a 15-time European Tour winner, had been involved in a losing Ryder Cup team in seven matches.
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The 45-year-old played in the winning teams of 1997, 2002 and 2014, while Hazeltine was his fourth stint as a vice-captain, following on from the successes of 2004, 2010 and 2012.
To compare that to his nearest rivals, Harrington played in the six Ryder Cups from 1999 to 2010 and was vice-captain in 2014 and 2016, Jimenez has featured in four matches and assisted in both 2012 and 2014, while Lawrie played in 1999 and 2012 and, like Harrington and Bjorn, was also one of Clarke’s vice-captains.
Meanwhile, as far as betting for the next US captain goes, Jim Furyk is the odds on favourite at 8/13, but things aren’t quite as clear cut with Fred Couples (4/1), Steve Stricker (5/1) and Davis Love III (7/1) all contenders.
Tiger Woods is the fifth favourite for the role, coming in at 12/1, and has already stated his desire to be a Ryder Cup captain at some point in the future.
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