The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament played between teams USA and Europe every two years. It has been held since 1927 and is one of the greatest events in the sport. The drama, tension, and incredible golf in the competition draws millions of viewers and make the Ryder Cup one of the most anticipated tournaments in the world of golf.
The Ryder Cup got its name from English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy for the competition. The first tournament was held in 1927 in Massachusetts between the United States and Great Britain and was won by the Brits. When the tournament resumed after World War II, the American team dominated the competition which resulted in the ‘expansion’ of the Great Britain team that now included players from continental Europe (1979). The name of the team changed to Great Britain and Ireland, although players from all of Europe played in the team.
The Ryder Cup is played between two teams of 12 players and always held from Friday to Sunday. There’s a total of 28 matches all played over 18 holes. The first two days include 1 four-match session of four-ball and 1 four-match session of foursomes. The last day of the Ryder Cup is reserved for 12 singles matches. All the matches are worth 1 point, and the team that gets to 14 ½ points first wins the tournament. If the match ends in a draw, the current title-holder retains the Ryder Cup.
The player selection for both teams is different. Team Europe picks the 4 leading players from the European Players list, 4 of the highest ranked players from the World Players list and 4 wildcards. When it comes to team USA, it is composed of the top 8 players in the points rankings and 4 players selected by captains.
The 2018 Ryder Cup will be held at the Le Golf National, France, from 28-30 September. The United States is the defending champion and the more successful team in the history of the competition (26-13 in titles). However, they have struggled on European soil, losing the last five Ryder Cups held at European venues. Team Europe will be captained by Thomas Bjorn, who has Robert Karlsson, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, and Luke Donald as vice-captains. Team USA will be captained by Jim Furyk, who named Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as vice-captains.
This year’s Ryder Cup will be pretty exciting to watch as it will either solidify the American dominance in the tournament or continue their struggles in Europe.
Can the United States finally win on European Soil?
The last time the USA won on European soil was in 1993 when the Ryder Cup was held in England. The USA retained the Cup that year but has later struggled to win it frequently, with Europe dominating the competition in the past 20 years. Still, the USA has great players in its team and won the 2016 Ryder Cup in dominant fashion. The Americans will no doubt be looking to retain the title and break the spell of losing on European soil.
With a line-up that will most likely include Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth, the USA are the favourites for this year’s exciting Ryder Cup. Experts and bookies are pretty sure that the American team will win the 2018 Ryder Cup, giving them much better chances than team Europe. Team USA is 5/6 to win the competition at RedZoneSports, Fun88, Ole777, SportPesa, MansionBet, and SportNation, which makes the Americans clear favourites.
The Americans are also the favourites in the ‘To Lift The Trophy’ market, with odds of 20/31 at Fun88, SportPesa, Ole777, MansionBet, SportNation, and RedZoneSports. It’s obvious they’re heavy favourites for the title, but the odds could be much better from a punter’s point of view. Placing a bet on 5/6 or 20/31 won’t bring you much in return, so if you want to make some money, you’re better off with Team Europe.
Will Team Europe Continue Its Recent Dominance?
European team captain Thomas Bjorn will have his hands full when it comes to picking the team. It will most likely include Francesco Molinari who’s currently leading the European points list as well as Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, and Tyrell Hatton. Other players such as Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson are also in play, so it remains to be seen who’ll end up on the team and which players Bjorn picks as wildcards.
Although the team looks pretty good on paper, the European team is the clear underdog. Europe stands at 23/20 at RedZoneSports, SportNation, Fun88, Ole777, MansionBet, and SportPesa, so it’s pretty obvious that bookies believe they’ll have to do everything they can to overpower the American team. From a punter’s point of view, however, team Europe’s odds are much more enticing. At 23/20, you will get more than double in return for a reasonable bet, so if you think the European team has what it takes to win the Cup, you should place your bet on them.
Team Europe is again the underdog in the ‘To Lift The Trophy’ market. Bookies give Europe odds of 23/20 to Lift The Trophy, which makes the Americans favourites again. Still, with great players such as Rory McIlroy and the advantage of playing in front of their own fans, writing Europe off would be a mistake. If you want to earn some money, the odds for team Europe certainly look better.
Could We Be in For A Tie?
There have only been two ties in the history of the Ryder Cup, in 1969 and 20 years later, in 1989. There have been close matches throughout the years where one or the other team managed to get a win over the opponent. The last two Ryder Cups were not so close, but considering the players most likely to be selected to both teams, we think that a tie isn’t off hands completely.
The odds for a tie at RedZoneSports, SportNation, SportPesa, MansionBet, Ole777, and Fun88 are 10/1, which is music to punter’s ears. If you can’t separate both teams this year and you think that the match will most likely end in a tie, betting on 10/1 odds can bring you a hefty sum in return. Of course, it’s the least likely thing to happen, but can anyone really separate both teams? With a mix of young and experienced players on both sides and a full weekend of non-stop action, anything can happen and you could profit off it if you play your cards right.