Padraig Harrington reckons the bookies are off the mark making Europe odds on favourites for the Ryder Cup. Monty’s side is 4/6 to win back the trophy but Harrington is convinced it will be a thriller that goes down to the wire.

Impressed by Corey Pavin’s four wildcards and his big-hitting line up, Harrington said: “Their team is strong. With the conditions it’ll help to have fairly big, strong hitters.

“Looking at it on paper I’d certainly say it’s going to be very, very tight. Maybe tighter than the bookmakers are making out.”

Set for his sixth cap, Harrington was not surprised to see the US skipper hand wildcards to Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler.

He said: “Everybody I asked picked those four people. They’re as expected. Tiger’s the No 1 player in the world; Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson are good solid players with a decent Ryder Cup records while Rickie Fowler is young gun who plays the game with a lot of freedom and certainly looks like he’d add to the team

“Zach and Stewart are experienced. You couldn’t possibly not pick Tiger Woods and, for the last spot, they obviously went for somebody who adds a bit of youth and exuberance to the team.”

Harrington expects tiny details to make the difference between winning and losing.

He explained: “It’s so close, the team which plays closest to or above their ability that week will come out winning.

“It’ll all come down to momentum and it’s so tight a lot will come down to the fine details. Gone are the days when one team’d think they could pull the pairings out of a hat and have a winning week.

“Neither side can afford to give anything away during the week. They have to get their partnerships right and play well from the start.”