2018 Ryder Cup Odds
Talk about a puzzling betting line on the Ryder Cup. The United States have not won on foreign soil in more than 20 years, and yet they are the overwhelming favorites to defend their title in this year’s event. Tiger Woods and his 11 teammates tee off early Friday in the crown jewel of golf’s team format. The 42nd clash between the Europeans and the Americans is a three-day event held on Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National, located southwest of Paris, France.
Europe was the last team to win a Ryder Cup away from home six years ago, but the United States haven’t won the competition outside their own country since 1993.
Team USA has won 26 Ryder Cup matches all-time (26-13-2), including the last one at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016.
The U.S., which is attempting to win its first back-to-back Cups since 1991-93, are listed as the favorites at -135 (Ryder Cup betting lines provided by Bovada). The Europeans carry some great value at +145, while a tie is listed at +1100.
That means a bettor would have to wager $135 to earn a $100 profit on the Americans ($135 bet + $100 profit = $235 total return). A $100 wager on the Europeans would earn a profit of $145 ($100 bet + $145 profit = $245 total return).
If the event ends in a tie score at 14-14, the tie wager pays off at 11-1 ($100 bet + $1100 profit = $1,200 total return).
Odds to Win 42nd Ryder Cup
Betting on the Ryder Cup
They offer bets on much, much more than just picking the winner on the moneyline.
Some of the proposition bets include: how many points will an individual player, like Rory McIlroy, earn for his team; overall correct score; biggest match-winning margin; and total halved matches.
Let’s take a closer look at the prop bet “overall margin of victory.”
Here, the option with the lowest odds is the U.S. winning by 1-3 points. That bet pays +300, or 3-1. The odds of the Europeans winning by 1-3 points is +375, or 3.75-1.
In the last 10 Ryder Cups, the winning team has won by 1-3 points in half (5-5) of those matches. The widest margin of victory since 1997 is nine points.
The way these two teams are stacking up, especially with the resurgence of Woods, this should be a very close competition.
Ryder Cup Matches, Format
The Ryder Cup, which started in 1927, is golf’s greatest team competition. It’s held every two years and its location alternates between Europe and the U.S.
Since 1979, the event has consisted of two days of four-ball and foursome matches, and one day of singles matches.
Four-balls lead off the morning sessions on both Friday and Saturday. Each player plays their own ball — hence the term “four-balls” — but only the best score from each team will be counted. Lowest score wins the hole. The pairing that wins the most holes wins the match.
Foursomes are known as “alternate shot.” The session is again comprised of four two-person teams, but instead of each playing their own ball, this time they only play one. They alternate tee shots every other hole; whoever hits the drive then watches their partner hit the approach, alternating until the ball is in the hole. The low score on the hole wins. The pairing that wins the most holes wins the match as well.
Singles matches are all played on the final day of the competition. These are standard player-versus-player matches. The golfer that wins the most holes wins the match.
There are eight points each available on Friday and Saturday, and 12 points up for grabs in the singles.
Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth 1/2 point to each side. The first team to reach 14.5 points (of the 28 points available) wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the defending champs retain the Cup.
U.S., Europe on the Tee
Team USA is captained by PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk. His lineup includes: Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
All 12 American players are inside the top 25 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Team Europe is captained by European Tour veteran Thomas Bjorn. His lineup includes: Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Oleson, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.
Eight of the 24 players competing in France are taking part in the event for the first time, and little can prepare them for the unique experience of the first tee.
An enormous grandstand with thousands of screaming spectators will lend itself to an electric atmosphere on a course where composure is paramount.
“The No. 1 thing I’ve pictured since the Ryder Cup kind of became a goal is that first tee shot,” said Fleetwood, one of five rookies on the European team.
The U.S. team is stacked with talent. But they have been in that situation before … and lost. It’s tough to win as the visitors, especially when the home team gets to set up the conditions of the course that most of the American players have never seen before.
Team USA has to break the 25-year drought sometime. Is this the year?
Prediction — Europe (+145). Team USA is just 3-6-1 in the last 10 events held in Europe. The defending champions have not won back-to-back events since 1991-93.
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