Bookmaker William Hill on Monday suspended any action on Luke Donald after his odds dropped from 5/2 to 1/100 on being named as one of the captain’s picks for the European Ryder Cup team.
According to Bunkered (UK) magazine, Donald’s odds fell from 5/2 to 2/1 to 6/4 and then, at about 2 p.m. local time, 1/100. The reason for the drop is not immediately known, but it suggests that Donald could be in line for one of captain Darren Clarke's three picks.
Adding Donald to the 12-man roster would be a stunning decision for Clarke, even though the European skipper has repeatedly expressed a preference for experience.
Five of the nine automatic qualifiers were rookies, and Donald, a former world No. 1, would likely round out a veteran threesome of wildcard selections that also includes Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
Donald’s runner-up finish two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship is his lone top-25 worldwide since mid-April. He hasn’t won on a major tour since 2013.
His 6-2 record in the foursomes format is stellar, but he lost both alternate-shot matches when he last played in a Ryder Cup, in 2012.
By picking Donald, Clarke would be overlooking two “hot hands” in Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters, both of whom have won in the past month.
Since 2004, European Ryder Cup captain’s picks who were rookies have gone 3-7-3 (four picks), while veterans went 24-9-6 (10 picks).