Capt Pavin comfortable as Ryder Cup underdog


United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin won’t argue with the oddsmakers.

It should come as no surprise that Pavin thinks the Americans should be underdogs when they meet Europe Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor in Wales. The underdog role served Europe so well for so many years and served the Americans well two years ago in their victory without Tiger Woods at Valhalla.

“Both teams are pretty good, but I still feel that we are going to be underdogs going in there,” Pavin said in a teleconference Friday. “Playing overseas and playing in that environment is difficult. Traveling to a five-hour time-zone change is not easy, and just being in a foreign country is never easy to get acclimated.

“Do I think these guys can do it? Absolutely, but I think the Europeans will be favored. We are playing in front of a fan base that will be pro-European, that’s difficult. We are playing a golf course they play one of their Tour events on. That helps, too. There are a lot of things going on

“Can Team USA overcome them? Absolutely, but it’s an uphill battle.”

The Americans haven’t won the Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants makes Europe the favorites but appeared to like Pavin’s captain’s picks. The oddsmaker lowered the odds against the Americans after Pavin named Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler as his captain’s picks almost two weeks ago.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants dropped the odds on Europe winning from 4-to-7 to 2-to-3 after Pavin’s picks came out.

“That still makes Europe a heavy favorite,” senior oddsmaker Mike Seba said.

Ladbrokes makes the odds 8/13 that European will win.