Jeff Overton makes the grade

Jeff Overton has become the first player to make the US Ryder Cup team despite never earning a victory on the US tour and will now join teammates like Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk at Celtic Manor on October 1st.

Those who regularly place a Ryder Cup Bet note that he recently earned himself a place in the record books by playing the quickest round of golf ever recorded, finishing his final round at Whistling Straits in 2 hours, 9 minutes, Overton will be looking to bring an end to the US team’s unfortunate run of not winning the Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.

Overton earned his place on the team after achieving three second place finishes on the US tour, and will be hoping that his blip in form at Whistling Straights, where he finished 71st, does not continue when the Ryder Cup begins.

With US captain Corey Pavin already facing a difficult job to retain the Cup that the US team won in 2008, Overton will be hopeful that the world number one Tiger Woods is able to up his game in time for golf’s most high-profile event. With the world number one out of sorts following his return to the sport after his highly publicised private affairs, players such as Overton and Mickelson will need to be able to ensure that come October 3rd, the US are still in contention for the Cup.

With Ryder Cup Betting punters and Pavin himself already proclaiming Europe as massive favourites, Overton and his teammates will need to be in top form to overturn the odds, although recent stories surrounding the European camp, as well as the apparent disinterest shown by key players such as Justin Rose, have seen the US team get its first positive bit of news in a long time