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2018 Ryder Cup Winner

After a two-decade era of European dominance, the time looks to have arrived for the Americans to rule the roost again in the Ryder Cup and end their 25-year wait for back-to-back victories. Two years ago at Hazeltine, just days after the death of American golf legend Arnold Palmer, the United States team captained by Davis Love III won back the trophy as their combined quality and experience proved too much for a European side that contained six rookies. Since then, the USA have only got stronger. Six of the eight Major tournaments in 2017 and 2018 have been won by members of the Ryder Cup team they will field in France with Brooks Koepka claiming three and Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed one each. Plus, of course, they have a rejuvenated Tiger Woods fresh from his return to the victory rostrum at the Tour Championship combined with the valuable on-course leadership that Phil Mickelson will also offer to captain Jim Furyk and his team of assistants. At the other end of the scale, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau join 2017 US PGA champion Thomas as the three debutants in the American team, compared to the six who automatically made Thomas Bjorn’s line-up – the same number that simply proved too many at Hazeltine. Home advantage will make life easier for the Europeans, but this is an American team that has everything you could wish for and they may well win by a quite a handsome margin too.

Top Combined Points-Scorer

Two years ago, we successfully tipped Patrick Reed to be the top USA points-scorer at odds of 15/2 in our Ryder Cup betting tips – and this time we are backing him to go the whole hog and be the outright star of the show. Reed was ultimately outscored by Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters at Hazeltine, but he has been America’s top gun at both of the last two Ryder Cups and there appears to be no reason why things should be much different this time. His country’s equivalent of Ian Poulter in terms of the passion he displays for this event, Reed lives for the Ryder Cup but his individual career has also reached a new level in 2018 for he is the reigning Masters champion after leading at Augusta from the halfway stage. The 28-year-old Texan’s patriotic determination means he will be among the first names on the teamsheet for every session and that is a vital asset for this bet – in 2016, Reed and Jordan Spieth were the only Americans who played in all five matches they could have contested. Quite simply, Reed looks a huge price in this market and the bookmakers are paying ¼ odds the first four for each-way bets.
* Odds correct at 14:59 BST on 24/9/2018

Top USA points-scorer

Firstly, of course, we should say that if we are backing Reed to be the top overall points-scorer, that means he has to be recommended in the American-only market as well. But you may want to spread your options and on current form, who better to have on your side than a revitalised Tiger Woods? Plenty has been said about the former world No 1 and his Ryder Cup record, not least that he is “not a team player”. Maybe a decade or so ago there may have been a modicum of truth in that, but this is now an older, wiser Woods with a greater perspective on life after everything he has been through in the last few years. He claimed an emotional triumph at the Tour Championship last weekend to show he is truly back as a formidable force at the top level and he will be difficult for Furyk – a long-time friend of his – to leave out of any session. A slight worry is that Woods may be asked to ‘babysit’ one of the rookies such as Bryson DeChambeau in the fourballs and foursomes, but his Ryder Cup singles record is superb for he is unbeaten since his debut in 1997.

Top European points-scorer

Let’s adopt the same logic as we used for Reed and go for the recent world No 1 and new FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose to repeat his success in this market of 2014. Rose has played in every session of the last three Ryder Cups. He formed a terrific partnership with Henrik Stenson which could be renewed in Paris, although the Swede’s injury concerns mean they are unlikely to play every match together. But whoever he is paired with, Rose’s stature means he is virtually undroppable for Thomas Bjorn and it will be a shock if he rested at any time during the event. The same applies to Rory McIlroy who, like Rose, is a pillar of the European team with fewer doubts surrounding him than some of the others, for whom there are question marks about form, experience or fitness. However, McIlroy does not have as impressive a Ryder Cup record as Rose and at the prices available, the Englishman has to be the call.

Top Continental European

There are six to choose from here and we are happy to take on favourite Jon Rahm with the man who beat a star-studded list of contenders to lift the famous Claret Jug this summer. Francesco Molinari displayed the perfect temperament in the final round of the Open to produce par golf with a couple of timely birdies and claim his first Major title. It’s exactly that sort of calmness under the most intense pressure that will stand him in good stead this week – and, let’s not forget, this is not Molinari’s first Ryder Cup but his third after he played on the winning European teams in 2010 and 2012. In terms of the opposition in this market, Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen are newcomers to the event and it remains to be seen how they cope with the intensity. Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, had to rely on captain’s picks from Thomas Bjorn and there are doubts about their form and, in the Swede’s case, his capability to play a full part due to an elbow injury.
* Odds correct at 14:59 BST on 24/9/2018

Previous Ryder Cup Tips

YearTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss
(10pt Stake)
2016United States to win @ 8/13Top Europe Points Scorer - Martin Kaymer @ 12/1Top US Points Scorer - Patrick Reed @ 15/2--+71.15

2018 Ryder Cup Prediction Markets

To Win Outright

To Lift The Trophy

Ryder Cup 2018 Teams

Captain: Thomas Bjorn
United States
Captain: Jim Furyk        
Francesco MolinariBrooks Koepka
Justin RoseDustin Johnson
Tyrrell HattonJustin Thomas
Tommy FleetwoodPatrick Reed
Jon RahmBubba Watson
Rory McIlroyJordan Spieth
Alex NorenRickie Fowler
Thorbjorn OlesenWebb Simpson
Ian PoulterTiger Woods
Sergio GarciaPhil Mickelson
Paul CaseyBryson Dechambeau
Henrik StensonTony Finau

Ryder Cup 2018 Course Guide: Le Golf National

The Ryder Cup returns to Europe for its 42nd instalment, with the 2018 showdown between holders the United States and Europe taking place on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France between September 25 and September 30.

This venue, first opened in 1990, has become the home of the Open de France on the European Tour and is set to play host to the golf tournaments when the Olympic Games heads to Paris in 2024, but before then it will have the honour of hosting one of the most prestigious competitions in all of sport for the first time.

This 2018 Ryder Cup will see 12 of Europe’s finest golfers go head-to-head with 12 of the United States’ best over the 7,198-yard, par-71 course, and the ‘home team’ will be boosted by the fact that two members of the line-up have already experienced success at this course.

Tommy Fleetwood took the Open de France honours here in 2017 and although he was unable to retain the title in 2018, Alex Noren ensured it would remain in the European Ryder Cup ranks when lifted the trophy at the start of July.

So what can the Ryder Cup stars expect from this course?

According to Le Golf National’s website they can expect to tackle a golf course that “combines the traditional feel of a links with the modern features of target golf”, with “slick greens, fast undulating fairways with innumerable links-style bunkers” ensuring that “every club in the bag” has to be used.

Ryder Cup Course Stats



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Bettingpro's Guide To The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is an unique golf tournament and it's one that can be really profitable, due to the match play set up which lends itself really well to betting both pre-event and in-play. It is a team sport with win-draw-loss on the outright, single match and even hole-by-hole, which means betting is much more straight-forward than at the regular season golf events, where 100+ players are competing for one prize.

There are various different methods which can be employed when betting on this biennial golf tournament between USA and Europe. The key is research and knowing the format, the players and the intricacies of all of the various betting markets available. 

What is the format of the Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf team event that is played between USA and Europe at alternating venues every two years. Each team consists of 12 players, a captain and two or three vice-captains. 

The qualifying criteria for Team USA and Team Europe differs slightly but it is ultimately each team putting forward their best 12 golfers to compete over three days for the prestigious Ryder Cup trophy. One key to note is that neither the captain nor his vice-captains play any golf. They are involved in coaching, motivation and choosing who plays in which event but they don't actually swing any clubs.

There are a total of 28 matches played over the course of the three days of the tournament and the team that has the most points wins. It is also key to note that the previous winners will retain the trophy if the scores are level and the Ryder Cup will only change hands if there is a majority of 14.5 - 13.5 of greater.

Match Play

The Ryder Cup is one of the very few golf tournaments which uses match play rules and, as such, operates a little different from the normal events on the European and PGA Tour. Match play is where a player goes head-to-head with his opponent with a point awarded for each hole (half a point for a tied score on a hole). At the end of the round the player with the most holes won, regardless of the final scores of the two rounds, wins the match.


Anyone who plays club golf will know what a fourball is and the name is a bit of a giveaway. There are four players and each of them play the hole, with the winner being the player who shoots the lowest score on that particular hole. In Ryder Cup the fourballs will consist of two players from Team Europe and two players from Team USA. The point for the hole is won by whoever shoots the lowest score. The other player's score is irrelevant. So, for example, if an American player makes a birdie four on a par 5 and both Europeans make par then USA will win the hole, even if the other American took ten shots.


Foursomes are a far more intriguing type of match-up and one which will be relatively new to most golf fans. It is unique to the team competition of the Ryder Cup and sees four players in a group, two from Team USA and two from Team Europe, but only two balls being played. The players in each team take it in turns to hit a shot (Player 1 takes the drive, Player 2 hits the approach, Player 3 plays the putt) with the lowest scoring team winning the hole. Foursomes relies far more on team work and understanding between the two pairs and only works if the captain puts complementary players together.


The final day of the Ryder Cup sees all 12 players from each team in action in singles play. This is simply one player from Team Europe and one player from Team USA in each match going head-to-head. The player who wins the most holes at the end of the 18 will win a point for their team.

Ryder Cup Betting Tips: How To Bet On The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup has always been a popular betting event due largely to the fact that the scoring system appeals to both golfers and non-golfers. It is very easy to follow throughout the tournament and so it is easy keep track of bets and see who is winning at any particular time.

The markets have expanded over time, to deal with the rise in popularity of online betting and the sophistication of punters, and there are now a multitude of different Ryder Cup bets which can be placed either before or during the tournament.


This is the simplest and 'purest' form of betting on the Ryder Cup. The bet is simply who will win the competition and is settled on which team has the most points at the end of the event. There are, however, two different types of Ryder Cup winner bet, those that include the draw and those that do not. In the event of a draw the winner will be the team who previously held the trophy but if there is an option of betting on a draw then a tied score would result in a losing bet.

Correct Score

This is another popular pre-match market which involves picking the Correct Score. It may, on the face of it, appear to be an almost impossible task but a look through recent history shows that there are reoccurring and there are several which can be eliminated almost instantly (28-0 for example is pretty unlikely!) The odds on the Correct Score market tend to be very generous and it is a bet that gives punters an interest until the very last groups on the very last day. There is even the possibility of a player needing a putt on the final green to win your bet, which adds to the thrill and excitement.

Top Points Scorer

The Top Points Scorer market is the other major pre-match bet that can be placed on the Ryder Cup and is another which offers both fun and excitement all the way through the competition. The odds on picking a player to be the Top Points Scorer are usually fairly generous so there is the possibility of a big return from a small stake. Most bookmakers will also offer Each-Way terms of 1/3 odds for the top three finishers in the standings, which means there is a strong chance of making some profits. One thing to note in the Top Points Scorer market is that 'dead heat' rules will apply. This means that if two players tie for most points scored then the odds will be halved. Eg. You back Rory McIlroy at 10/1 to be Top Points Scorer and he ties with Jordan Spieth. The payout on McIlroy will be at 5/1.

Foursomes, Fourballs & Singles

Every day there will be odds released on who will win the individual matches in each session, with bookmakers offering odds on foursomes, fourballs and singles. These operate on a Win-Draw-Loss basis, exactly the same as any Football match would. The winner is the team or player who wins the point for their team. 


Accumulators on Ryder Cup matches are very popular and each session people will back multiples of two, three or four selections in order to increase their odds. If there is a 'Clean Sweep' and either Team Europe or Team USA wins every match in a Fourballs or Foursomes session then the bookmakers will be looking at huge payouts, due to the number of people who have backed the multiple of all four pairings from each team.

Ryder Cup Betting Tips & Tactics

The fact that the Ryder Cup is so different from other golf tournaments means that the normal rules of golf betting (recent form, course form, driving distance, greens in regulation etc) don't really apply in the same way. Instead it is better to focus on the unique aspects of the tournament itself and look for pointers before placing your bet. Here are a few key ones to consider:

The Best Team Will Beat The Best Group Of Players

This is advice that is probably good for all sports but it seldom applies in golf, which is one of the most individualistic sports that exists. Ultimately, in a round of golf there is very little that you can do if one player is better than you. The person that shoots the best score wins the tournament and then everyone goes home. However, in the Ryder Cup, with its multi-format matches, there is a huge onus on playing for your team. In the Foursomes and Fourballs particularly it is important that the players work with each other. Often in a partnership there will be one player who takes risks and another that takes the safety route in order to maximise chances of winning the hole but minimise the chances of losing. Two wayward drives probably mean that a team will lose the hole but two irons from the tee when one player in the other team has hit a drive to the edge of the green is equally as bad.

The team spirit also extends beyond simply the players on the course as the captains, vice-captains and players who have either not been selected for a session or have finished their rounds all have a vital part to play in supporting their team-mates. Golfers are used to competing against each other week-in week-out but if they can bond over the three days of the Ryder Cup then their team will have a good chance of winning. If they can't then they will have problems as a group of players playing for themselves will not win the competition.

Look For Good Partnerships

Down the years there have been numerous famous Ryder Cup partnerships that have helped their teams to win, with none more celebrated than that of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. The Spanish 'amigos' had a fantastic relationship off the course and this made them virtually unbeatable on it, with the pair picking up an incredible 12 points from 15 matches played together. By contrast, there have been some famous failures with Team USA captain Hal Sutton's decision to go with a "Dream Team" of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods backfiring spectacularly in 2004.

Look For Players Who Do Well In Match Play

There is a huge difference between Match Play and Stroke Play golf and there are some players who thrive on the head-to-head battle and some who visible shrink when put in that situation. Colin Montgomerie never won a major championship but never lost a singles match in eight Ryder Cups. Similarly, Ian Poulter came alive in the team format and was always a dependable player for Team Europe despite a lack of form throughout the rest of the season.

Poulter is, in fact, one of a number of examples of players who excelled in the Match Play format. The Englishman is one of a small group of players, alongside Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald to have won the WGC World Match Play yet never really made any impact at any of the majors.

Bet On Players Who Will Play Every Match

The Top Points Scorer market will consist of 24 players but that doesn't mean that any of the 24 players can be the highest scoring player as there are several who simply won't be picked enough by their captain to amass the required points. There will be a core group of players in each team who the captains will select for each session and these will be the men to focus on for the Top Points Scorer market.

Rookies don't tend to be given as much playing time as others for the obvious reason that they are not experienced in the different Ryder Cup formats. The captains are more likely to mix things up on Day One and see how their inexperienced players perform before giving them the nod on Day Two. If you are backing a rookie to be Top Points Scorer then it is with a little bit of faith that he is going to be able to strike up an instant rapport with his partner.

Ryder Cup History

Ryder Cup Results

YearWinnerScoreVenueGB/Europe CaptainUSA Captain
1927United States9.5 - 2.5Massachusetts, USATed RayWalter Hagen
1929Great Britain7 - 5Leeds, EnglandGeorge DuncanWalter Hagen
1931United States9 - 3Columbus, Ohio, USACharles WhitcombeWalter Hagen
1933Great Britain6.5 - 5.5Southport, EnglandJohn Henry TaylorWalter Hagen
1935United States9 - 3Paramus, New Jersey, USACharles WhitcombeWalter Hagen
1937United States8 - 4Southport, EnglandCharles WhitcombeWalter Hagen
1947United States11 - 1Portland, Oregon, USAHenry CottonBen Hogan
1949United States7 - 5Scarborough, EnglandCharles WhitcombeBen Hogan
1951United States9.5 - 2.5Pinehurst, N Carolina, USAArthur LaceySam Snead
1953United States6.5 - 5.5Wentworth, EnglandHenry CottonLloyd Mangrum
1955United States8 - 4Rancho Mirage, California, USADai ReesChick Harbert
1957Great Britain7.5 - 4.5Worksop, EnglandDai ReesJack Burke Jr
1959United States8.5 - 3.5Indian Wells, California, USADai ReesSam Snead
1961United States14.5 - 9.5Lytham St Annes, EnglandDai ReesJerry Barber
1963United States23 - 9Atlanta, Georgia, USAJohn FallonArnold Palmer
1965United States19.5 - 12.5Southport, EnglandHarry WeetmanByron Nelson
1967United States23.5 - 8.5Houston, Texas, USADai ReesBen Hogan
1969United States16 - 16Southport, EnglandEric BrownSam Snead
1971United States18.5 - 13.5St Louis, Missouri, USAEric BrownJay Herbert
1973United States19 - 13East Lothian, ScotlandBernard HuntJack Burke Jr
1975United States21 - 11Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USABernard HuntArnold Palmer
1977United States12.5 - 7.5Lytham St Annes, EnglandBrian HuggettDow Finsterwald
1979United States17 - 11West Virginia, USAJohn JacobsBilly Casper
1981United States18.5 - 9.5Walton-on-the-Hill, EnglandJohn JacobsDave Marr
1983United States14.5 - 13.5Palm Beach Gdns, Florida, USATony JacklinJack Nicklaus
1985Europe16.5 - 11.5Wishaw, EnglandTony JacklinLee Trevino
1987Europe15 - 13Dublin, Ohio, USATony JacklinJack Nicklaus
1989Europe14 - 14Wishaw, EnglandTony JacklinRaymond Floyd
1991United States14.5 - 13.5Kiawah Island, S Carolina, USABernard GallacherDave Stockton
1993United States15 - 13Wishaw, EnglandBernard GallacherTom Watson
1995Europe14.5 - 13.5Rochester, New York, USABernard GallacherLanny Wadkins
1997Europe14.5 - 13.5Andalusia, SpainSeve BallesterosTom Kite
1999United States14.5 - 13.5Massachusetts, USAMark JamesBen Crenshaw
2002Europe15.5 - 12.5Wishaw, EnglandSam TorranceCurtis Strange
2004Europe18.5 - 9.5Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USABernhard LangerHal Sutton
2006Europe18.5 - 9.5County Kildare, IrelandIan WoosnamTom Lehman
2008United States16.5 - 11.5Louisville, Kentucky, USANick FaldoPaul Azinger
2010Europe14.5 - 13.5Newport, WalesColin MontgomerieCorey Pavin
2012Europe14.5 - 13.5Medinah, Illinois, USAJose Maria OlazabalDavis Love III
2014Europe16.5 - 11.5Perth & Kinross, ScotlandPaul McGinleyTom Watson
2016United States17 - 11Chaska, Minnesota, USADarren ClarkeDavis Love III
2018St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, FranceThomas BjornJim Furyk

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