The Ryder Cup gets under way at Gleneagles on Friday morning and it’s one of my favourite events in golf.

Everyone is expecting Europe to walk the event and they are 2/5 favourites to lift the trophy in Scotland.

But here are some stats for people to consider.

In the last seven Ryder Cups, the odds-on favourites have managed to win on only four occasions.

And on three of those four occasions it has been incredibly close, with only a point separating the teams at the end.

I do believe Europe will prevail over the next three days and hoist the famous golden trophy, but this is sport at the very highest level and you have to be wary.

When dismissed as also-rans, top sportsmen tend to respond, and the Americans will have had their pride dented by turning up at Gleneagles and being considered by most as no-hopers.

I can certainly see the Americans making a strong start and keeping things close, but when it comes to the Singles I think Europe have the strength to come out on top.