2021 Ryder Cup Betting Tips and Predictions

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2021 Ryder Cup Betting Tips and Predictions

The Ryder Cup is a team event played every two years, between the United States and Europe, with 28 rounds of golf played across various formats of the game, with individual matchplay, foursomes and fourballs played across three days between Friday and Sunday. The event brings passion from both players and fans, as they roar their side on to victory. The 2020 Ryder Cup was delayed until this year and will be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 24th-26th, where Europe will be defending the trophy. To win the trophy back, United States will be looking for the golden points total of 14.5. If the event is a tie, Europe retain the title

Ryder Cup 2021 Betting Odds

The Ryder Cup betting as it stands, has the following odds

United States are favourites at around 8/15,
Europe 12/5 to take the win.

The draw is 12/1, however if the result is a draw, Europe would retain the title, as the holders need to be clearly beaten for the Americans to take the Ryder Cup back.

Ryder Cup 2021 New Customer Offers

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What are Popular Ryder Cup Betting Markets

Who Will Lift the Trophy

The most popular Ryder Cup Betting Odds, are usually for the “Who Will Lift The Trophy” market. The current holders, Europe, have to be beaten outright by the United States, with the U.S. team needing to score 14.5 points or more to take the trophy back across the Atlantic. This bet arguably gives backers of the holders a little more of an advantage with this in mind, as a drawn score of 14-14 would see Europe lift it once more.

Correct Score

The correct score bet, works similarly to Football, with bettors looking to predict the final outcome of the match. Unlike Football, there are a guaranteed 28 points of offer and no matter how the scores shape up, the overall amount will total 28 points. This type of bet usually offers larger odds and it is usually good practice to put several correct score bets together, to maximise your chances. So if a player believes that United States will win, but it will be close, then a 14.5-13.5 bet would make sense, however such is the nature of Golf and it’s fine margins, players could add a 15 -13 and 15.5 -12.5 bet alongside, to maximise their chances still further.

Top Scorer

There are two events per day on Friday and Saturday, while each player plays on the final day. Technically a player can play in five games over the course of the Ryder Cup and with Team Captains looking to maximise their chances, they will rely heavily on several key players, so it is a good rule of thumb to look at the main stars of each team, when looking at the Top Scoring player markets, or a player who has a very strong Ryder Cup record, like Europe’s Ian Poulter who has only lost four games in eighteen matches at the event and will have a strong chance of picking up points and victories.

Singles, Four-Balls, Foursomes

As mentioned previously, there are 28 individual matches during the Ryder Cup, with each match-up able to be bet on. The first two days feature Four-ball and Foursomes, with the Sunday hosting 12 head to heads or “singles”. 

It’s worth noting that Foursomes is unlike any of the other variants played at the Ryder Cup, as each pairing share the one ball and take alternative shots, while in Four-Ball, the same pairings play, but each has their own ball, with the lowest score of winning the hole for their team.

This is useful to know when looking at markets, as the individual game of a player can have a huge bearing on the result of Four-Balls, in the same way it would in single match-ups. Odds tend to be shorter in these individual matches and these can be added to other match selections to make accumulator bets, to boost odds and potential winnings.

2021 Ryder Cup European Team

The European Ryder Cup team is headed by captain Padraig Harrington, with the twelve man squad featuring some of the most experience Ryder Cup players.

Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are very much the veterans of the side, with ten and nine appearances respectively in the Ryder Cup, with the Spaniard winning 22 of his 39 matches.

Ian Poulter is very much, Europe’s “Mr. Ryder Cup”, he has six appearances, with an incredible record of 14 wins and 2 ties in 22 matches played. Rory McIlroy is the only other player to have played more than 20 matches in the event and these form the backbone of the side, along with World Number 1, Jon Rahm, who won the US Open earlier this year.

Europe features just three debutants, with Bernd Wiesberger, Viktor Hovland and Shane Lowry all taking on their first ever Ryder Cup campaign. Although it would be unfair to see them as anything else but seasoned players, stepping up to that first tee at Whistling Straits will be a big moment in their attempt at helping their side take the trophy back over the North Atlantic.

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2021 Ryder Cup USA Team

The United States are captained by Steve Stricker and he has gone for an interesting balance to his side, with six debutants making their first ever Ryder Cup campaign, Despite that, eight of the world’s top 10 players reside in this team.

The six “newcomers” are lead by Collin Morikawa, who of course won the Open Championship this year, with the likes of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele among the half dozen.

In terms of experience, only two players have played more than ten Ryder Cup matches, with Dustin Johnson (16) and Jordan Spieth (14) seen as the old heads of the group. Justin Thomas will be an interesting watch and one that may get plenty of individual attention in the betting, having won 4 and lost just once in 5 matchs played.

The side-story of course will be Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, who have not seen eye to eye for a while, with thier feud sometimes boiling over. They are playing on the same side of course and Steve Stricker has played down any issues, but it could be a factor, if things don’t go to plan for the Americans.

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How is the Ryder Cup Structured?

The Ryder Cup is played over three days, with variations on the match-play system, where a player or team will win the hole by scoring the lowest strokes on each hole and scoring 1 point. If both parties finish the hole on equal amounts, then it is “halved” and thus each players earns half a point

On Friday and Saturday, Foursomes and Four-Balls are played, with twelve individual head to head contests or singles played on Sunday.

A Foursome see’s two pairs of players battle it out over the 18 holes, with each players of the team taking an alternative shot. This way of playing makes teammates consider their shot and how it will affect their team-mates, if it goes wrong. A big hitting player may not necessarily tear the screws of his club with a thunderous strike, if it will put his teammate at risk of having a difficult next shot, so composure and lengthy discussion prior to a shot, tend to feature quite heavily.

A Four-Ball once agains see’s two pairs of players battle it out, but each individual player in essence plays his own game, with his own ball. The best score of each pair, counts towards the hole. This is an exciting variant of match-play, with players able to go for risk and reward shots more often, usually resulting in some breathtaking play and resulting in some close finishes.

Ryder Cup Singles are the easiest matches to follow, with a straight one on one taking place on Sunday. Nerves of steel and a steady hand are required to win a point in these events, with even the best of players wilting under the pressure.

All matches are played to win a single point, with a tied game seeing a share of the spoils, with half a point apiece awarded. There are no play-offs or extra holes when there is a tie.

Whistling Straits Golf Course

Whistling Straits hosts the Ryder Cup for the first time in its history, with this being the fifth major golfing event hosted overall, having previously had the PGA Championship here on three occasions and a US Senior Open too.

The course was built as recently as 1998 and designed by renowned course builders, Pete and Alice Dye. It has two 18 hole courses, the Straits and the Irish course, with the Ryder Cup being played on the Straits course, which is a par 72 links style course, played to around 7,790 yards in total.

It sits next to the mighty Lake Michigan and has eight of its holes hugging the waterside. Like a links course it features large rolling greens and deep pot bunkers, whilst a flock of Scottish Sheep roam the grounds, adding to the authentic links experience.

The course was originally an airfield, before being bought by an electric company, but failed planning permissions saw it sold to the Kohler Company in the early 1990’s, on which the course was then built.

The Ryder Cup History

The Ryder Cup was first played in 1927, between the United States and Great Britain, with the trophy donated by businessman Samuel Ryder. The United States won the first five titles and on resumption after World War 2 and the ongoing domination of the Americans, the “Great Britain & Ireland team was extended to include European players also.  The Ryder Cup is one of the great exceptions of modern professional sport, as no prize money is available in the tournament, with the prestige of the event, enough for any professional golfer to aim for, and it is generally seen as one of the pinnacles of a career to play in this event

There have been some famous Ryder Cup’s over the years, with the fiery “War Of The Shore” at Kiawah Island in 1991, which saw tensions between the teams and especially Seve Ballestero and Paul Azinger heighten, as United States wo 14.5 – 13.5

Eight years later in 1999, the “Battle Of Brookline” was seen as the turning point for the Ryder Cup, as boisterous galleries caused no end of issues between the sides, which wasn’t helped by players, wives and fans ran onto the green, when Justin Leonard holed a 45 ft putt, even with Jose Maria Olazabal still to play. The player conduct and alleged abuse of European players, lead to both sides pushing for change and to de-escalate the event going forward.

The “Miracle At Medinah” in 2021, is arguably the greatest comeback in the sport, with Europe coming back from 10-4 down to win 14.5 to 13.5, with Ian Poulter’s five birdies in the last five holes in the final game of the second day, seemingly inspiring them to fight it out on the Sunday. Martin Kaymer guaranteed the retention of the famous old trophy, with Poulter’s record of 4-0 in the event the key to victory.

Ryder Cup Betting Tips FAQ

FAQ Section with the following questions;

  • Who are the best bookies for the Ryder Cup?
  • For the Ryder Cup, Sky Bet will be the top place to go for Ryder Cup betting, with the event exclusively live on SkySports. Other big companies such as Paddy Power and Betfair will feature excellent betting coverage of the event and a fair amount of special offers and promotions nearer the time.
  • How can I watch the Ryder Cup in the UK?
  • The Ryder Cup is live in the UK on Sky Sports Golf, while the BBC will provide radio coverage of the event.
  • Who is favourite for the Ryder Cup
  • The United States are favourites to win the Ryder Cup back and are odds on to do so, especially on home soil and with the team they are likely to put out for the event
  • Where is the 2021 Ryder Cup held?
  • The Ryder Cup is being hosted at Whistling Straits, in  Wisconsin, United States on the 24th September to the 26th September